The aim of this year’s International Women’s Day #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about why equal opportunities aren’t enough.
At HW Fisher we will be marking the day by reflecting on our progress to date, but also addressing where there is more work to do. In the past, we’ve arguably been seen as a bit “male, pale and a bit stale”, but as a firm – we have made positive progress in the last few years.
However actions speak louder than words, and we recognise that, like many firms in the profession, we are a work in progress. We’ve recently formed a representative group leading a firmwide diversity culture project. As part of this initiative, over the next few months, all staff will complete inclusion training and learn the importance of creating and encouraging a safe, happy and secure work environment.
Driving gender equity isn’t just limited to women. Allies are incredibly important for the social, economic, cultural, and political advancement of women. I’ve previously shared my thoughts on why allyship continues to be important at our firm and how we can all become better allies. Here are a few points I think it’s worth remembering as we celebrate International Women’s Day this year.
I am determined that we all continue to challenge each other to “be better.” There needs to be a unified attempt by all firms to improve social mobility, diversity and narrow the gender pay gap; we can learn from each other.
For example, we’re proud to continue to work with WealthiHer this year – a brilliant partnership on a mission to drive the economic advancement and empowerment of women on a global scale. This is a platform where we can connect with peers, share best practice and continue to grow as a business.
I’m also proud to be working alongside a leadership team who are committed to creating an inclusive firm. It’s not just something we say or write about. It’s something that we know, value and continue to embed as part of everything we do as a business. In the year ahead, we commit to striving for even more progress, and importantly listening (and learning!) from others as part of this journey.