Financial services is not an industry renowned for its diversity. In a 2019 report, the FCA estimated that the banking and financial industry won’t achieve gender equality for another 88 years, whilst a 2018 Randstad report revealed fewer than one in ten management jobs in UK FS was held by a member of the BAME community.
Whilst businesses are aware of their need to improve, there is a slow rate of change across the financial sector. It is important to approach D&I from the perspective of both an employer and service provider to create a safe culture for both staff and customers, however it is crucial that businesses do not engage in diversity-washing.
In this panel discussion we will cover:
- How organisations can maintain continuity between their communications and D&I status
- Communicating your commitment to become a better organisation, whilst steering clear of diversity-washing
- Externalising your internal approach to D&I
- Creating real and meaningful change
Anna Langdon, Senior Talent Manager and Inclusion and Diversity Lead, Hargreaves Lansdown
Zandile Nhkata, Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity lead at Investec
Maxine Benson MBE, Co-founder, everywoman
Chaired by Tony Langham, CEO, Lansons