Global active asset manager Janus Henderson announced today a series of goals aimed at improving diversity and inclusion (D&I) in its business in the near-term, along with the launch if D&I recruitment initiatives to help the company reach its goals.
Dick Weil, Janus Henderson Chief Executive Officer said:
“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. 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.”
Janus Henderson’s new D&I goals include targets to increase the representation of women in senior positions to 30% by 2030, from 24% currently, and to increase the number of racial and ethnically diverse senior managers from 11% to 16%.
The company stated that it has also partnered with numerous D&I-focused organizations that offer training, mentoring, scholarships and internships aiming to encourage more corporate diversity, including the Greenwood Project, 10,000 Black Interns, Girls Who Invest, College Track, INROADS and Investment20/20. The company stated that it will consider the programs successful if 50% of eligible participants receive and accept full-time employment offers.
Janus Henderson Head of Diversity and Community Relations Demesha Hill said:
“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% in the U.S. so we’re seeing encouraging progress already. That gets us even more excited about the partnerships we’re establishing and our ability to meet all the goals we’ve laid out.”