Schroders announced as a Founding Partner of Progress Together

Schroders is proud to be a Founding Partner of Progress Together, a new nationwide initiative focused on improving socio-economic diversity at senior levels in the financial services sector. The membership body is the first of its kind to focus on progression and retention to improve socio-economic diversity.

The new body was launched by Lord Mayor of London Vincent Keaveny and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Minister John Glen at Mansion House in London.

Progress Together, which comprises 12 founding partners and 10 supporters, will work with UK financial services employers, wherever they are on the socio-economic diversity journey, enabling them to better understand the barriers to progress, share best practice, identify emerging issues, and seek necessary changes in policy and practice.

Emma Holden, Global Head of Human Resources, Schroders, commented:

“At Schroders, we believe that diversity of thought is critical to succeeding in modern business. Attracting and retaining talented people who can understand and embrace different perspectives ultimately leads to more insightful and innovative perspectives for our clients.”

Progress Together continues the work and research undertaken by the City of London Socio-Economic Diversity Taskforce, of which Emma Holden was appointed to the Advisory Board in 2021. The independent taskforce was commissioned by the HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and led by the City of London Corporation. It was founded on the vision of ‘equity of progression’.

We are a supporter of the Social Mobility Foundation’s One+1 campaign and work closely with organisations such as Investment 20/20 and UpReach to broaden our talent outreach. Beyond Schroders, we also aim to deliver a positive impact through our Schroders Giving partners, including the Social Mobility Foundation and IntoUniversity.