You can read more about our two-year Inclusion and Diversity Action Plan here.
The Action Plan was endorsed by the Quilter plc Board and delivery is overseen by the Inclusion and Diversity Executive Steering Committee, chaired by Quilter’s Chief Executive Officer. Good progress was made in 2022 but we are cognisant of the industry wide challenge to address inclusion in financial services and realise that significant effort and focus is required over a sustained period.
In 2022 our focus was on setting the foundations for success, encouraging data disclosure and education.
Attracting and retaining diverse talent:
A thorough review of recruitment processes was conducted to ensure our talent acquisition practices can enable our action plan. In addition, the talent acquisition team, along with the wider human resources function, underwent specialist training to ensure they are appropriately equipped to support delivery of our ambition.
Education and community:
The Quilter plc Board, senior leaders and line managers attended informative and inspiring sessions with John Amaechi OBE. Over 300 employees attended in total. To reinforce the importance of inclusion and diversity we also mandated a specific performance objective for managers, offering guidance and setting clear expectations. We launched our new Inclusion and Diversity Forum. The Forum meets quarterly and is designed to create a safe space for dialogue on this topic between colleagues from across our organisation. We also continue to support our employee networks – Together with Pride, Gender Diversity and Cultural Diversity.
We recognise the importance of data disclosure, not least in measuring and monitoring progress but also as an indicator of colleagues’ level of psychological safety in sharing personal data with Quilter. In 2022 we focused on creating psychological safety through storytelling and role modelling, and we also expanded our disclosure fields to cover a broader set of diversity characteristics. Our annual data disclosure is provided below.