EY signs Women in Finance Charter shortly after appointing first female as head of financial services in Scotland
EY has become the latest firm to sign the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter designed to drive diversity in the financial service industry.
The move comes after the organisation, which is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, announced the appointment of its first female as head of financial services in Scotland.
As well as being the firm’s managing partner for the Edinburgh office, Sue Dawe is now head of EY’s Financial Services practice in Scotland and regions including Bristol, Leeds and Manchester.
She said: “As a signatory to the charter, we join arms with other organisations to help build a more balanced industry for the future.
“United in purpose, the charter brings focus, direction and accountability to help drive real change across financial services.
“We welcome the opportunity to share our own best practice and to learn from others to accelerate gender equity.
“Organisations that live and breathe diversity and inclusion know the positive impact it has on business performance; it delivers competitive advantage.
“Creating an inclusive environment where everyone can achieve their potential remains firmly front and centre of our business strategy.”
EY employs a number of progressive initiatives to help accelerate gender equity in the workplace, including: rolling out inclusive leadership training across the UK to challenge unconscious bias, formal sponsorship programmes – CareerWatch – for high potential women and BME talent, and enabling flexible working at every level of the organisation.
Signatories of the Women in Finance Charter pledge to promote greater gender diversity within their organisation by: supporting the progression of women into senior roles by focusing on the executive pipeline, setting their own internal targets, and publicly reporting on progress.