Category: Diversity News

Gender Lens Equity Funds and Women in Leadership: A Report

Mark.Freed / 26 Feb 2020

Gender Lens Equity Funds and Women in Leadership: A Report

The second article, in a series written by our special guest contributor, Marypat Smucker, CFA looks at Gender Lens Equity Funds and Women in Leadership. Gender lens investing in equity and fixed income first developed based on evidence of superior performance by companies with higher women-in-leadership (WIL) metrics. Indeed...

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Maternity Care - AT WORK. A Good Idea or Distraction from Real Challenges?

Mark.Freed / 20 Feb 2020

Maternity Care - AT WORK. A Good Idea or Distraction from Real Challenges?

I was recently approached by Justine McNulty, a fantastic and inspirational women, to discuss how we can help in the launch of her new business – Mobile Midwives. Mobile Midwives will bridge the gap between the NHS and professional women by providing maternity care directly to them in the workplace. ...

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I take a look at the first few gender pay gap reports from investment management firms.

Mark.Freed / 12 Feb 2020

I take a look at the first few gender pay gap reports from investment management firms.

First few firms file their gender pay gap reports  The first few investment management firms have now provided their gender pay gap reporting ahead of the 4th April deadline. One of the reporting statistics shows the proportion of women in each pay quartile and gives an indication of female...

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Know your female employees

Mark.Freed / 04 Feb 2020

Know your female employees

Know your female employees Financial businesses have to know their customers, but few seem to put the same effort into knowing their female employees. And this is strange, because they do seem to understand the men. I’m middle-aged and if an employer was trying to attract someone of...

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What are you offering female employees?

Mark.Freed / 28 Jan 2020

What are you offering female employees?

Why it’s time to drop the stereotypes I am a middle-aged man. At some point, though I’m trying not to think about it, I’ll have to start dropping the ‘middle’ and replace it with ‘old’. As a white middle-class...

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The “old boys’ club” is still going strong

Mark.Freed / 21 Jan 2020

The “old boys’ club” is still going strong

The “old boys’ club” is still going strong Four years ago, the report by Jayne-Anne Gadhia that led to the launch of the Women in Finance Charter, now widely signed up to by the industry, pointed to the old boys’ network as a factor inhibiting...

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Fair warning, it’s a bit of a rant in places. But I think it needs to be. Here are my hopes for 2020.

Mark.Freed / 02 Jan 2020

Fair warning, it’s a bit of a rant in places. But I think it needs to be. Here are my hopes for 2020.

It’s now 1:30 in the morning. I am not often up this late, but when I am, it’s usually because I’m partying with my wife, Tina. Tonight is different, though. Something is keeping me awake, which is rare. I have a task in the...

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Is the tide starting to turn?

Mark.Freed / 16 Dec 2019

Is the tide starting to turn?

Is the tide starting to turn? I’m sure most people reading this blog post have heard about (and maybe even taken part in) the criticism of the recent Peloton ad. It’s quite something for a company that makes exercise bikes to have produced a short video...

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One step forward, one step back.

Mark.Freed / 16 Dec 2019

One step forward, one step back.

One step forward, one step back I’m really not sure how to react to the recent news coming out of TSB. Their leadership team is having its bonuses cut for failing to hit its own gender balance goals for senior roles. That’s a positive sign that...

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Need to improve your gender balance? Here’s an instant solution

Mark.Freed / 10 Dec 2019

Need to improve your gender balance? Here’s an instant solution

Need to improve your gender balance? Here’s an instant solution Lots of research and analysis has focused on gender diversity. A recent Harvard Business Review article, for example, goes in to some detail about how to recruit more women to your company. It starts by citing LinkedIn research...

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Taking diversity seriously: gender identity

Katie.Dix / 10 Dec 2019

Taking diversity seriously: gender identity

Taking diversity seriously: gender identity While the gender balance at all levels of an organisation is an important, and measurable, element of a company’s diversity policy, it is by no means the only one. Creating an inclusive environment is also significant if you want to help everyone work...

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Dave vs women

Mark.Freed / 04 Dec 2019

Dave vs women

Good news for Davids. Bad news for women. I saw a great statistic from Morning Star, a couple of weeks ago where they had run an analysis on UK-listed open-ended funds to explore the gender balance. I doubt you’ll need me to tell you that women were...

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The challenge of taking a break

Mark.Freed / 04 Dec 2019

The challenge of taking a break

One of the most important things in fund management, from a manager’s perspective at least, is their investment record. Analysts, and many investors, like to see long fund tenures without interruptions, but this works against anyone who takes a career break. For many years, this would have mainly...

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Janus Henderson is proud to launch a new Returner Programme for 2020

Katie.Dix / 03 Dec 2019

Janus Henderson is proud to launch a new Returner Programme for 2020

Location: London Start date: March 2020 Programme: 8 month returner programme Applications open: Monday 2nd December 2019 Applications close: Friday 3rd January 2020 We are delighted to see our partners Janus Henderson launching their Returner Programme, another demonstration of the commitment our clients have made to diversity and support women to continue and...

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A hard road to the top

Mark.Freed / 27 Nov 2019

A hard road to the top

I was very interested to read an article in Bloomberg earlier this month about women deserting trading floors as they are blocked from the path to management. It seems that for all the enthusiasm that financial companies show about bringing more women into their workforce, there is significantly less desire...

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Latest FCA research: Opportunities still limited for female senior managers

Mark.Freed / 27 Nov 2019

Latest FCA research: Opportunities still limited for female senior managers

Latest FCA research: Little change at the top Recently published research by the FCA paints a sorry picture for women at senior levels in the financial services industry. If you wanted to be generous (though why would you?), there would be a temptation to highlight the rapid growth in the...

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E2W Round Table event with Julia Hoggett, Head of Market Oversight at the FCA

Mark.Freed / 18 Nov 2019

E2W Round Table event with Julia Hoggett, Head of Market Oversight at the FCA

On the 12th November an amazing group of industry leaders in Recruitment, HR and D&I from leading CIB’s and Asset Managers, got together with business leaders and Julia Hoggett, Head of Market Oversight and Kevin Trainor Head of Resourcing & Talent from the FCA, to...

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E2W Member Elena Vydrine, Sustainable Investing: Do income inequality and pay gaps really matter?

Katie.Dix / 18 Nov 2019

E2W Member Elena Vydrine, Sustainable Investing: Do income inequality and pay gaps really matter?

Man Group are kindly hosting an E2W event on the 2nd of December around the theme of Resposible Investing. Elena Vydrine, a member of E2W, will be publishing a series of blogs in the run up to the event on the topic of ESG....

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Why are we taking a bottom up approach to diversity when the problem is at the top?

Mark.Freed / 13 Nov 2019

Why are we taking a bottom up approach to diversity when the problem is at the top?

This week I have met a number of people, separately, from a major investment bank here in London. I shall not name the bank as most readers will recognise the problem at their own banks. The bank’s gender pay gap report statistics are not dissimilar to...

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FCA Report: “Financial Services – senior jobs are still mostly for the boys”

Mark.Freed / 13 Nov 2019

FCA Report: “Financial Services – senior jobs are still mostly for the boys”

As we are preparing for our round table with Julia Hoggett, Director of Market Oversight at the FCA, we were interested to read a new report from the FCA.  “Despite businesses facing ever greater scrutiny and criticism over gender diversity – with few industries more in the spotlight...

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