Quilter is to become one of the founding members of ‘LGBT Great’ – the first organisation with an exclusive focus on the LGBT+ agenda specifically for the investment industry.
LGBT Great’s recent report found that 62% of those in the industry who were surveyed have no visible allies in their workplace – something Quilter is working hard to change by promoting inclusion and diversity in collaboration with the Diversity Project (a cross-company initiative championing a more inclusive culture within the savings and investment profession), the Investment Association, and other initiatives and organisations.
A passionate LGBT+ ally
Quilter’s Chief Operating Officer, Karin Cook, is also pledging her support as an LGBT+ ally and will be named as one of the 50 Executives taking part in the ‘#50for50 campaign’. The campaign will mark 50 years since the Stonewall movement – widely considered by many as a catalyst for progress in LGBT+ equality and human rights – began in New York.
Karin is a passionate LGBT+ ally, and works to raise awareness and visibility of diversity and inclusion, breaking down barriers to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all colleagues. She has been named twice in the Financial Times top 10 OUTstanding LGBT+ allies list and was named Stonewall LGBT+ Ally of the year in 2016.
On 24 August, Quilter’s UK platform business, Old Mutual Wealth, will show its support by taking part in Southampton’s Pride parade. A symbolic recognition of LGBT+ history, Pride marches now take place all over the world to represent strength and unity, standing for inclusivity, visibility and celebrating love and equality.
Quilter is proud to be making progress towards an inclusive culture within the financial services industry, reflecting a rich and diverse society, for the benefit of its employees, customers and stakeholders.
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