Schroders celebrates International Women’s Day 2021 with #choosetochallenge

Schroders is today celebrating International Women’s Day 2021 with #choosetochallenge. We are inviting everyone, including our 5,500 employees worldwide, to recognise and celebrate our diversity achievements but also to continuously rethink, follow our instincts and have the bravery and self-confidence to challenge.

The pandemic has highlighted an alarmingly higher impact on women across the globe. According to recent studies, women responsible for 90-100% of childcare has increased from 27% to 45%[1] during this period, over a third[2] of working mothers have lost work or hours due to childcare issues. Women’s jobs are 1.8 times[3] more vulnerable due to the pandemic. The investment industry can play a significant role and there’s a rising call to refine our efforts during a time when inequality is increasing. 

Around the world, women have risen valiantly to the pandemic - continuing to manage the needs of their families, workplace and communities, absorbing the added pressure on their usual societal roles. So today on International Women’s Day, we have put together our version of #choosetochallenge with a short film from our own inspirational employees from around the world (in guest order):

  • Carla Bergareche, Head of Schroders Iberian Business, Spain
  • Kate Rogers, Head of Sustainability, Schroders Wealth Management
  • Matthew Pang, Head of Institutional Sales, Hong Kong
  • Caroline Liew, Senior Relationship Manager, Singapore
  • Jenny Horne, Head of Client Relationship Management, New York
  • Mike Sommer, Head of Risk EMEA, Luxembourg
  • Georg Wunderlin, Global Head of Private Assets, London
  • Daniel Barley, Senior Communications Manager, London

Schroders has been a champion for diversity and change, it is a founding member of Change The Race Ratio, and has recently announced further commitments to diversity with several new initiative including the Leadership Pledge for better workplace mental health, our partnership with the Social Business Trust to support high growth potential social enterprises.


[1] Source: University of Sussex

[2] Source: Fawcett Society

[3] Source: Fiscal studies