Unlocking diverse talent and inclusive investments to yield greater, more sustainable returns

The ILN believes that diverse teams working in inclusive environments make better, more sustainable decisions that yield greater returns. As we transition into a sustainable economy, the ILN aims to be a catalyst and market leader for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) integration, providing a pathway from which investors can draw guidance.

Despite progress, diverse groups remain underrepresented in investment and senior management roles, especially in the financial industry. Because of their size, reach, and resources, institutional investors are uniquely positioned to influence a more inclusive world by advancing diverse talent internally as employers, as well as externally as active asset managers and asset owners.

Committed to tracking progress and making an impact on sectors with an underrepresentation of diverse talent, the Diversity in Investment initiative aims to open opportunities for diverse talent in finance and investment worldwide and to increase the presence of diverse leaders throughout the private sector.

Committee Leads

François Crémet, Senior Director of Stewardship Investing at CDPQ

Tracey Flaherty, Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs at Natixis Investment Managers

The initiative focuses its efforts on the four following pillars:

Attracting and Retaining Talents

Evolve perceptions by demonstrating that women and other people belonging to underrepresented identities can be successful in the investment management industry.

Influencing Decision Makers

Engage ILN leaders on the importance of a diverse talent pool and factor diversity throughout investment processes, both internally and with our partners.

Rethinking the Workplace

Ensure that organizations are gender neutral and more inclusive in order to drive top talents’ fulfillment as well as innovation and business performance.

Building Accountability

Report metrics to increase transparency on diversity, equity and inclusion, and effect change through measurable and observable commitments.

Advancing the ‘S’ in ‘ESG’ Through an Inclusive Finance Initiative

The ILN knows that if investors fail to elevate social metrics to the maturity of environmental metrics, investment firms and our portfolio companies will be left vulnerable to important risks. 

With the launch of a pre-eminent Inclusive Finance Initiative, the ILN is developing resources to help member firms and the investment industry factor DEI across all identities into their operations both as employers and investors. 

This initiative is divided into three parts:

  1. A state of the industry report that assesses ILN members’ strategic approaches to DEI to identify best practices, challenges, and areas of opportunity for investors to double down on the ‘S’ in ‘ESG.’

Later this year, the ILN will introduce:

2. Recommended inclusion metrics and an endorsement of existing diversity metrics. 

3. Resources to help investors engage with portfolio companies and external managers around inclusion.

If you would like more information on our Inclusive Finance Initiative, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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