We believe that a positive work environment is created through diversity, inclusion and equality.
We are proud to be a signatory of HM Treasury's Women in Finance Charter. In signing the Charter, we endorse the aspiration to achieve greater gender balance across all areas of our business. Through this pledge, we are committed to improving equality and fairness in the financial services industry.
We recognise the importance of embracing diversity and believe this leads to innovative ideas, increased productivity and higher levels of service.
When we signed up to the Women in Finance Charter in 2018, 21% of our senior management were female. We will meet our 2022 charter targets of 30% at the end of December. In 1 January 2022, our Exco has increased from 11.1% to 33.3% female representation and our Governing Board has welcomed two new Non-Executive Directors, both of whom are female. In the 12 months to 30 June 2022, we have hired 75 people into the business and of these, 48% have been female; an increase from 42% in the previous reporting period.
We fully support the diversity initiatives introduced by the Women in Finance Charter. Our commitment to the Charter will be measured by the following targets that we have set for ourselves to be achieved by December 2022:
The Women in Finance Charter commits financial services firms across the United Kingdom to harnessing the talents of women and supporting their progression into senior management.
The Charter was developed following a report, by HM Treasury and Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE, about improving gender equality in the financial services industry. Click here to read the report.
Women in Finance Charter is a pledge for gender balance and diversity across financial services. Over 270 signatory firms have made the commitment to work together to implement key actions to build a balanced and fair industry.
For more information about the Charter, please click here.