CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK) has launched its Gender Diversity Partner Programme to support investment firms in the development and delivery of their gender diversity strategies.
The industry-wide initiative is led by the society’s Gender Diversity Network. CFA UK launched the programme together with founding partners Allianz Global Investors, Fidelity International, PIMCO, Royal London Asset Management and Vanguard.
Individuals from firms across the investment profession will join a Gender Diversity Partner Council convened by CFA UK.
CFA UK said that the council members will be tasked with narrowing the gap between C-suite level commitments to diversity with the operational teams in their company who can deliver on diversity initiatives on a practical, day-to-day level.
CFA UK chief executive Will Goodhart said: “The investment profession is committed to diversity. Our intent is to help the profession identify how best to execute on that commitment. There is little doubt about the value and importance of diversity, but there is a need to help firms learn from each other’s experiences. Working with our partners and with other diversity initiatives, we hope to accelerate the implementation of effective processes and policies.”