The Women in Finance Charter

Women in Finance Charter now covers over 800,000 FS workers

The Women in Finance Charter now covers more than 800,000 people working in financial services.

Over 350 organisations in the sector have now signed up to the charter following the latest round, which saw 21 new signatories.

These included Fiduciam, Apex Bridging, Hodge Bank, LDNfinance and VIBE Financial Services.

Fiduciam has a team with 21 male employees and 20 female employees.

It aims to have a third of its management team consisting of women within 18 months and its entire Spanish team is female.

Marieke Eskens, head of case management at Fiduciam, said: “Being part of such a progressive lender it made sense to me for Fiduciam to sign up to the Women in Finance Charter as the charter’s values and commitments were already such a fundamental part of how we operated.

“All of our colleagues were very supportive when we introduced the idea of signing up to the charter as all welcomed the idea to publicly affirm how seriously Fiduciam takes gender equality.

“The charter really does put a mark in the sand as to where a firm stands on this subject and more organisations should not be afraid of being held publicly liable for their gender equality goals.”

Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Women in Finance champion, added that she was delighted to see the charter continue to grow. 

“It’s the businesses that address their culture and understand the power of diversity that really succeed. 

“The top quarter of businesses on gender diversity are 21% more likely to have above-average profits than the bottom quarter. 

“So, this is not just the right thing to do socially, it’s the right thing to do for business.”

John Glen, economic secretary to the Treasury, added: “It’s great to see so many financial organisations signed up to the charter, but we can’t be complacent.

“We need to make sure this is translated into meaningful change across the sector. 

“So, it’s reassuring that people are already seeing the charter as a driver for change in their companies, including on wider diversity issues, too.

“Signing the charter is just the first step, and I encourage all signatories to continue this work so we can create a fairer, more equal industry.”

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