CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK), the British arm of the global investment society, has launched a gender diversity partner programme together with five partner companies.
The programme was launched with a survey which found that over three quarters of respondents agreed that returning to the workplace after a career break was the area where progress was needed in the investment profession, followed by work life balance and greater representation at board and top executive level.
The industry-wide initiative was launched with founding partners Allianz Global Investors, Fidelity International, PIMCO, Royal London Asset Management and Vanguard and will support investment firms in the development and delivery of their gender diversity strategies.
CFA UK will convene a gender diversity partner council of individuals from across the profession as part of the programme to help partner firms implement and share best practice and deliver better gender diversity ratios at all levels.
Juliet Bullick, global head of consultant relations, Fidelity International and chair, CFA UK gender diversity network, said: “While there has been progress regarding gender diversity in the investment profession, there is a huge amount of work yet to be done.
“We believe that responsibility should not lie solely with senior executives, but should be both a top down and bottom up approach.”
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