The listed fund manager has set new targets for diversity and inclusion in order to ensure it “maintains a position of leadership in the active asset management space”.
In a statement, Janus Henderson said it was aiming to increase the number of women in senior management positions from 24 per cent to 30 per cent, and the number of racially and ethnically diverse senior managers from 11 per cent to 16 per cent by 2023.
“The success of our business and clients is based on our ability to uncover unique market insights and information. We’re a people business. Having diverse, unique perspectives at the decision-making table enables us to make better investments,” Janus Henderson chief executive Dick Weil said.
“Like many in the financial services industry, we haven’t always had the recruitment mechanisms to find and develop diverse candidates, so we’re improving our abilities by seeking partnerships that help us extend internships, mentoring and training to women and ethnically diverse talent.”
The company said an important part of its diversity program was partnering with organisations that provided training and internships to Black and Latinx students to ensure they had the necessary experience to begin a career path in financial services.
“Intentional goal setting has helped us find the right partners and track progress toward increasing diversity. Last year, we increased ethnic diversity by more than 3 per cent in the US so we’re seeing encouraging progress already,” Janus Henderson head of diversity and community relations Demesha Hill said.
“That gets us even more excited about the partnerships we’re establishing and our ability to meet all the goals we’ve laid out.”
Janus Henderson said partnerships with organisations including the Greenwood Project, 10,000 Black Interns and Girls Who Invest had enabled it to offer 29 internships in 2021, 18 of which were in the US.
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