Provident Financial plc today announced that it was one of 36 new signatories to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter, a government initiative to improve gender diversity in senior positions within the financial services sector.
Committing to be a Charter signatory is part of Provident Financial’s wider equality and diversity plan to create a more inclusive workplace culture.
As part of signing up to the Charter, and like all the other signatories, Provident Financial is defining specific internal gender balance targets, which will be announced in September 2019.
A key component of Provident Financial’s equality and diversity plan is the leadership development programme that was launched in 2019 to accelerate the success of current and future women leaders across the company. The purpose of this programme is to develop Provident Financial’s current female leaders, and prepare a talent pipeline of high potential women who aspire to be future leaders.
Malcolm Le May Chief Executive Officer of Provident Financial plc commented:
“We are proud to sign up to the Women in Finance Charter as it underlines our commitment to focus action on attracting, retaining and developing talented women to not only enable us to achieve a gender balanced workforce, but also to create a diverse, open and inclusive culture where everyone is a valued member of the Provident Financial team.”
About the Women in Finance Charter
The Charter is a commitment by HM Treasury and signatory firms to work together to build a more balanced and fair industry. The Charter: Commits firms to supporting the progression of women into senior roles in the financial services sector by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level; recognises the diversity of the sector and that firms will have different starting points – each firm should therefore set its own targets and implement the right strategy for their organisation; and requires firms to publicly report on progress to deliver against these internal targets to support the transparency and accountability needed to drive change.
Richard King/Jade Byrne, Provident Financial 01274 351 900
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