Thomson Reuters today signed The Women in Finance Charter, a pledge for gender balance across the UK financial services industry. As the first signatory outside the banking sector, Thomson Reuters has committed to working with all financial services firms to see gender parity at all levels, and to build a more balanced and fair industry.
The Charter is based on the recommendations of “Empowering Productivity: harnessing the talents of women in financial services,” a review undertaken by Jayne-Anne Gadhia, the Chief Executive of Virgin Money, for HM Treasury. Signing the Charter is a long-term commitment from organizations to support the progression of women into senior roles in financial services, create a diversity strategy with internal targets, and publicly report on progress delivered against these internal targets.
“We need to continue to manage the flow of talent to the top of the organisation so that it properly reflects the diversity of the society we inhabit and the customers we serve,” said David Craig, president, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters. “It isn’t about meeting gender targets today – it’s about creating an environment, a culture, which attracts and retains the best people because it offers them the opportunity to succeed and to excel, it’s about an open and inclusive culture that drives better performance.”
“I am delighted that Thomson Reuters has decided to sign the Women in Finance Charter,” said Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chief Executive of Virgin Money. “Signing the Charter is important because it sends out a strong signal about what’s important to you as a business: the importance of gender equality, diversity and inclusivity as well as promoting senior female representation in professional and financial services more broadly.”