This is a commitment by HM Treasury and signatory firms to work together to build a more balanced and fair industry. Firms that sign up to this Charter are pledging to be the best businesses in the sector.
The Charter reflects the government’s aspiration to see gender balance at all levels across financial services firms. A balanced workforce is good for business – it is good for customers, for profitability and workplace culture, and is increasingly attractive for investors. Just 14% of executive positions are held by women.
Goodman Corporate Finance work every day with a such a diverse range of businesses. We have strived to create a diverse and inclusive team to support the needs of these businesses. As we expand, this journey continues.
The success of our business is our people, with their diversity of thought across our whole team. As we grow, we will continue to put our people at the heart of everything we undertake. Taking actions to improve our gender and diversity balance for now and our future.
We have set a target of 40% of women to be within our senior management team by June 2025.
- commits firms to supporting the progression of women into senior roles in the financial services sector by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level;
- recognises the diversity of the sector and that firms will have different starting points – each firm should therefore set its own targets and implement the right strategy for their organisation;
- requires firms to publicly report on progress to deliver against these internal targets to support the transparency and accountability needed to drive change.
My organisation pledges to promote gender diversity by:
- having one member of our senior executive team who is responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion, this is Roxanne Goodman;
- setting internal targets for gender diversity in our senior management;
- publishing progress annually against these targets in reports on our website;
- having an intention to ensure the pay of the senior executive team is linked to delivery against these internal targets on gender diversity.
Our equal opportunities policy can be found here
The government is committed to ensuring as many firms as possible sign the Charter and implement these recommendations in their organisation. Widespread adoption of these recommendations across the sector will make a genuine difference to gender diversity in financial services, and help ensure we make the most of the UK’s talented workforce in a global competitive economy.
Over 370 firms of all shapes and sizes across financial services have already signed up, with headquarters in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia – from global banks to credit unions, the largest insurance companies to the smallest fintech start-ups.
Signatories are asked to publish their gender diversity targets on their individual websites – the most up-to-date list of signatories and links to their websites can be found here.