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Women in Finance Charter

Charles Stanley is pleased to be a signatory to the Women in Finance Charter, a government led initiative designed to encourage gender balance at all levels across financial services firms.  By signing up to the Charter, firms:

  • indicate their commitment to support the progression of women into senior roles;
  • set targets and implement the right strategy for their organisations to achieve those targets; and
  • publicly report on progress to deliver against their targets to support the transparency and accountability needed to drive change.

We strive to ensure that all of our customers and staff feel valued and included.  Accordingly we willclosely monitor our staff gender balance on an ongoing basis going forward, and will focus on ways in which we can adapt our recruitment, training, benefits and employee support mechanisms to help us achieve our aim.


Our progress so far

Annual update: 2019

When we signed up to the Charter in June 2017 we had 28% female representation at senior management level, and aimed for 30% by December 2020.

We are pleased to report that, for the second year running, we have seen an increase in female representation at senior management level.  A year ago, we reached our 30% target two years early.  This year, we have improved our level of senior female managers with that figure now standing at 36.6%. 

While we are delighted with our progress, we are conscious that we need to remain committed in our efforts.

Over the last year we have been concentrating on improving the structure which supports and develops our pipeline of future female senior managers.  We have enhanced our maternity, paternity and shared parental leave pay policies, and further embedded the application of these policies with revised supporting information and the refinement of our maternity buddy scheme. We have also joined The 30% Club’s mentoring programme.  Our focus now is to continue to optimise our recruitment, development and retention activities.