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272 firms sign up to Women in Finance Charter

Beth Fisher | 09:10 Wednesday 11th July 2018

A total of 272 companies have now signed up to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter, meaning that the charter now covers over 760,000 financial services employees in the UK.

Medianett is proud to announce that it was one of the 67 new firms that signed the charter between 1st March and 30th June 2018.

Other companies included JP Morgan, Admiral Group, Equifax, Investec Asset Management, Yorkshire Building Society, BondMason, Zopa and MT Finance.

“I am delighted we have more than 270 companies committed to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter,” said Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO at Virgin Money and the government’s Women in Finance champion. 

“Gender equality and diversity is integral to creating a fairer, more prosperous society.

“But there’s still more to do and we will keep going until every organisation is signed up.”

The charter asks firms to commit to four industry actions to prepare their female talent for leadership positions: 

• having one member of a senior executive team who is responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion
• setting internal targets for gender diversity in their senior management
• publishing progress annually against these targets in reports on their website
• having an intention to ensure the pay of the senior executive team is linked to delivery against these internal targets on gender diversity.

In March, the first Women in Finance Charter Annual Review revealed that – in the first year of the charter – 28% of signatories had already met their targets for female representation in senior management.

“From banking to asset management, too few women get to the top in financial services,” said John Glen, economic secretary to the Treasury. 

“That’s why it’s so important that firms sign our charter and commit publicly to take action. 

“It’s not just the morally right thing to do – a balanced workforce is good for business, for customers, and for profitability too.”  

John commended the new signatories for taking a step in the right direction. 

“I urge firms who’ve not already signed our charter to join us in building a more representative and inclusive industry.”    

The 67 new firms that signed the charter between 1st March and 30th June 2018 are:

• Admiral Group
• AE3 Media
• Armstrong Wolfe
• Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited
• Barrington Hibbert Associates
• BNP Paribas Personal Finance 
• BondMason
• Bovill Ltd
• Brooks Macdonald PLC
• Canada Life
• Coventry Building Society
• Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd
• EIS Association
• Ellis Davies Financial Planning Ltd
• Engage Financial Services Ltd
• Equifax Ltd
• Evolution Financial Planning
• Fintech Strategic Advisors Ltd
• Fintellect Recruitment
• First Wealth LLP
• Flood Re Ltd
• Foresight
• Franklin Templeton Investments
• Global Processing Services
• Goji Investments 
• Grant Thornton
• Hinckley and Rugby Building Society
• Intermediate Capital Group
• Investec Asset Management Limited
• JP Morgan
• Kames Capital PLC
• Lazard & Co Limited
• Lazard Asset Management Limited
• LifeSearch
• Magenta Financial Planning
• Marsh Ltd
• Medianett Ltd
• Mortgages for Business Ltd
• MT Finance Ltd
• Mustard Seed Impact Ltd
• National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers
• Nomura International
• Prytania Solutions Limited
• Pukka Insure Ltd
• Rathbone Brothers PLC
• Scottish Equity Partners
• SDB Bookkeeping Services
• Semper Capital Management
• Shepherd Compello Ltd
• St James's Place PLC
• Stonehaven International
• Sussex Independent Financial Advisers Ltd
• Tesco Underwriting
• The British United Provident Association (BUPA)
• The Meyer Partnership
• The Mortgage & Insurance Bureau
• UK Government Investments
• UniCredit Group
• Vanguard Asset Services Limited
• Whyfield
• Yorkshire Building Society Group
• Zopa Limited 

The full list of charter signatories can be found online. 

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