Seedrs is proud to have signed HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter. And we’re committed to working alongside other signatory firms to build a more balanced and fairer financial services industry for all.
What is the Women in Finance Charter?
The Charter is a pledge for gender balance across financial services firms. It reflects the government’s aspiration to see male-female balance at all levels of seniority. A balanced workforce is good for business: it is good for customers, for profitability and workplace culture, and is increasingly attractive for investors. It is also the right and fair approach for firms to take.
The Charter is particularly focussed on supporting the progression of women into senior roles in the financial services sector by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level. As a result, it requires firms to set targets for gender diversity in senior management publicly and publish progress annually against these targets.
Why Does Seedrs Support Diversity?
As a fintech business that is democratising the investment landscape, diversity and inclusion sit at the heart of what we do. Providing opportunities for everyone is a key driver of our success. And it is relevant not only in how we interact with our clients but also internally.
We believe passionately that our people should succeed on merit, and progression should not be influenced by characteristics such as gender – or race, religion, sexuality, disability or background. Our people processes are designed to ensure fair treatment for all employees.
On gender specifically, Seedrs is proud to have higher female representation than the industry standard, with 30% across the business, and 30% also in senior management. But we can always do better. We are committed to improving that ratio by ensuring that, at all stages of recruiting and developing employees, we have initiatives to support and nurture female talent.
Our aim is not only to maintain female representation in senior management at a minimum 30% by 30 September 2020 but also to meet that target at all levels, with a particular focus on mid-tier. The senior executive accountable for the initiative will be CEO, Jeff Kelisky. We strongly believe that diversity should not be a siloed issued for HR or women alone, so we were keen to engage an influential male ally and ensure commitment from the most senior and influential level of the company.
Whilst the charter is only focused on gender diversity, our initiatives will also aim to improve diversity across the board at Seedrs and to maintain a truly inclusive workplace.