Equal Opportunities and Diversity
At Brickendon we are committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is to ensure each employee feels respected and is valued based upon their skills, performance and commitment.
It is widely acknowledged that a diverse workforce is more productive and successful and that is what we, here at Brickendon, are striving to achieve. In our experience, facilitating the achievement of personal goals within a flexible working culture means that our people not only deliver to the best of their capabilities, but are even more engaged.
As a signatory of the UK government’s Women in Finance Charter, Brickendon is making great progress towards our goal of increasing the number of women in the business.
We signed the charter in in July 2017 to show our commitment to working together to build a balanced and fair financial services industry. Since then we have strengthened our board with the appointment of Clare Chalmers as a non-executive director and most recently, promoted Amanda Bunney to the position of marketing director.
We at Brickendon are in no doubt that failing to take advantage of the skills of highly-qualified women constitutes a waste of talent and a loss of economic growth potential. We have already spoken out on many occasions about the need to dismantle the ‘dusk-’til-dawn’ culture prevalent within the financial services space, and to provide employees with the technology and supportive culture needed to work more flexibly.
By signing the Women in Finance Charter, we are publicly stating our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment for all our employees.
Brickendon Chief Executive Christopher Burke said: “We’re proud to align ourselves with this initiative and see it an important step in cementing our current beliefs and practices that everyone should be given the appropriate opportunity to excel in their role.
“We have found that providing a flexible working culture increases productivity, well-being, and aids with the attraction and retention of talent across the board.”
As of the annual update in September 2018, five of Brickendon’s senior management were women, equating to 31 per cent of the total. This places us in a prime position to achieve our stated goal of 50 per cent representation by December 2021.
The appointment of Clare Chalmers to the board in June 2018 achieved one of our targets – hiring at least one female non-executive director by December 2019 – 18 months ahead of schedule. At the same time, Brickendon also hired a new female director to work out of its NYC office, further improving the diversity ratio of the senior employees in the business.
Brickendon remains fully committed to creating a balanced and fair workplace and will continue to work towards achieving the targets pledged at the time of signing the charter. The belief that a diverse workforce is more productive and successful remains and is something that Brickendon will continue to strive for.
Brickendon’s pledges at the time of signing in July 2017:
- achieving 50% female representation in senior management by December 2021,
- having at least one female non-executive director on the board by December 2019 at the latest,
- supporting and mentoring at least one woman to strive higher and take on a more senior position, and
- publishing our progress against these targets annually.
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