I’m delighted to announce that Canada Life is one of 67 companies to officially sign up to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter. It means that we now join over 270 of our financial services counterparts in pledging to create a fairer and representative industry, with the ultimate aim of achieving gender balance at all levels in financial services firms in the UK.
As you know, Canada Life is committed to continuously developing, promoting and sustaining our culture and reputation as a high performing organisation. We value, nurture and leverage diversity and inclusiveness in all that we do. This commitment is integral to our values and is critical to our success.
I’m pleased to say that we have already made good progress furthering gender equality and inclusivity in the past year across our organisation, including creating a ‘Women in Leadership’ group, holding an International Women’s Day event, running our first “Taking the Stage” workshop and enhancing our maternity pay package, but we are always aware of the need to do more.
In signing up to the Women in Finance Charter we are reaffirming our commitment to our ‘People’ value and our willingness to embrace change where we know we can do better. We must ensure that we enable our people to fulfil their potential and foster an environment where women have opportunities to progress into leadership roles.
You can read more detail about the four specific industry actions we have committed to today here. You can also follow #WomeninFinance on social media if you would like to follow the news on this in general. We will be launching a webpage on our external website in September, which will set out our internal targets for gender diversity in senior management and provide annual updates on our progress towards meeting those targets.
This is a further step in the right direction for Canada Life’s equality and diversity agenda, which my leadership team and I are proud to support and endorse.