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The Diversity project

ABOUT US

A truly diverse and inclusive UK investment and savings industry with the right talent to deliver the best possible results for our clients and to reflect the society we serve.

We believe that recognisable and measurable progress can be achieved over the Project’s five year time frame. We aim to achieve diversity across all dimensions, including gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background, LGBTI+, age and disability. Metrics to assess progress will be published following an analysis of the industry’s existing position across these dimensions.

The purpose of the Diversity Project is to accelerate progress towards an inclusive culture in the investment profession. An inclusive culture across all levels supports more effective teamwork, gives wider perspectives, better investment decisions, better results for our clients and ultimately more sustainable businesses.

The Project spans the whole range of the profession: asset owners, fund managers, fund selectors, pension consultants, actuaries, trustees, wealth managers and the professional standards and trade bodies.

The Diversity Project approach is holistic, collaborative and open source. We listen, not prescribe. The Project is complementary to individual firms’ initiatives – we believe that joined-up efforts can yield greater results. We work collaboratively with existing initiatives, such as Investment2020 among others.

We aim to achieve the vision through a concerted, collaborative and cohesive action plan.

We will share best practice, and where there are gaps establish new ones to help create a more diverse industry at all levels from intake to senior leadership and the board. We do not duplicate efforts that are already working, but seek to amplify existing initiatives through a joined-up and intensive approach with a sense of urgency.

We seek to deepen the understanding and image of what the investment industry actually does and the varied roles within it, to encourage a broader range of new entrants. We offer networking and mentoring opportunities, to develop and retain existing diverse talent.

To find out more about The Diversity Project click here.