Businesses have “a long way to go to truly embed real change” in diversity, equality and inclusion, according to a report, but as the FTAdviser’s Diversity in Finance Awards 2022 shortlist proves, big progress has been made by some.
The McKenzie-Delis review, in partnership with KPMG and carried out by pollster Ipsos, found that many UK companies have focused on workforce diversity and inclusion, but that areas such as orientation, race and disability are lacking.
Leila McKenzie-Delis, Founder of the McKenzie-Delis Foundation, said: “Let’s have no doubt – the UK’s biggest companies have a responsibility to lead by example and we need to see more organizations leading the way to move the dial and direct the way.”
But there are companies – big and small – that are driving the change to DE&I in the world of financial services.
This was evidenced by the quantity and quality of submissions for the FTAdviser Diversity In Finance Awards 2022.
The 2022 FT Adviser Diversity in Finance Awards showcase companies whose diversity and inclusion strategies have been exceptional, whether in recruitment, product development, improving their workforce flexibility and listening to the real experiences of their employees.
We are pleased to announce that after extensive deliberation between our experienced and expert judges, the shortlists are now available.
Who’s on the shortlist?
The shortlists (written in alphabetical order) for the 2022 FTAdviser Diversity In Finance Awards are:
• Advocate for disability inclusion: Mazars, UBS and Zurich.
• Promote gender diversity: Legal & General Investment Management, Natwest and Schroders.
• Advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion: CitiBank, Fidelity International, Legal & General Investment Management and Pimco.
• Advocate for racial equality: Fidelity International, Morningstar and Zurich.
• Defense of social mobility: EQ Investors, HSBC Asset Management, Man Group and One Family.
• Defending women’s equality: GAIN, Pollen Street Capital and SVB UK.
• Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year: Natixis; NextGen Planners, Now: Pensions and Openwork.
• Diversity Marketing and Recruitment Initiative of the Year: Bank of England, Exante and Fidelity.
• Employer of the Year (small business and large business sub-categories): AIG, Celtic Financial Planning, PensionBee, Phoenix and Schroders.
• Pioneer Company of the Year: First Wealth, PensionBee, Redington, Sesame Bankhall Group and Zurich.
• Product of the Year: To be unveiled at the awards ceremony in June.
• Supplier of the Year: to be revealed at the awards ceremony in June.
- Diversity Champion of the Year (Small Business): Grace Le, Fund Manager at Artemis; Lindsey McMurray, managing partner at Pollen Street Capital; and Mohammed Ahmed, non-executive director of the British Business Bank.
- Diversity Champion of the Year (Large Company): Fabio Peyer, Director of Index Marketing at Morningstar; Imran Khan, business development manager at Phoenix Group; Laura Rodgers, Performance Intelligence Center of Excellence Manager for NatWest; and Sam Gould, Public Relations and Campaigns Manager at Now: Pensions.
Our judges have extensive experience of diversity, equality and inclusion initiatives in UK businesses.
They are: Netanya Clixby, managing partner of the law firm Sidley Austin and committee member of the Law Society’s LGBT+ Lawyers Division; Samuel Clague, founder of the Stephen James Partnership; Tanya Srikandan, Stonewall’s Director of Finance and Operations; Sharif Omar, director of finance and accounting at Randstad; Emma Ann Hughes, director of communications for the Personal Finance Society and the Chartered Insurance Institute; Yasir Mirza, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for FT Group; and Simoney Kyriakou, editor of FTAdviser.