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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: 2018

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 after the first year of participation in the Women in Finance Charter we have already met our target of 30%, as at June 2018 

While we are pleased that we have reached our target two years early, these are early days and we remain committed in our efforts to maintain our position.  

Over the last year we have built the foundations of a structure to support and develop our pipeline of future female senior managers.  We have for example established a ‘Back to Business’ programme to assist those about to take maternity, paternity or shared parental leave.  A reference pack brings together in one place the details of the firm’s approach to benefits during the period, use of Keeping in Touch days, hints and tips for managing the transition before and after as well as for dealing with practical issues such as travel concessions.  Buddies are being provided for parents returning to work when they have been away in excess of six months.  We are particularly pleased that our shared parental leave policy has been well received, with 40% of those taking it up being men.

Our main focus over the coming year will be to engage with our staff in a comprehensive review of our flexible working policy.