After 20 years and with over £75 million invested we have achieved so much, but in a world where inequality is clearer than ever, we are asking ourselves ‘are we leaving anyone behind’? Like many others, we are on a journey to challenge ourselves and the status quo to ensure that we offer the right support for all our communities to thrive. With this in mind, we are currently reviewing who we invest in, and how, so we can continue to extend our investments in traditionally excluded or marginalised communities. We consistently score highly with staff for our inclusive and welcoming work environment and to make sure our policies and practice are consistently responding to everyone’s needs we are setting up regular employee surveys. We are also reviewing our recruitment process from start to finish to ensure that we are doing everything possible to attract candidates that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are committed to fostering diverse talent and remove barriers to entering and progressing in the financial sector, including setting up new training schemes for young people from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in the social investment sector.
We are committed to the action we need to take, including speaking openly about our current limitations, seeking out diverse views and speaking out when we see inequality. We are determined to be the best version of ourselves and to be a pioneer in and for our sector. It is only by using all our diverse skills and experience that we can affect real change that benefits everyone. To turn all this talk into action we have developed an Action Plan and formed an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group that meets every two months to keep us accountable for achieving our EDI goals. We will keep you updated on our progress and the challenges faced through our annual Social Impact Report and social media channels.