18th July 2016

Government Advisor Charlotte Sweeney Calls For A Halt To ‘Initiatives’ amidst the launch of the Women in Finance Charter

Harvard University’s Global Leadership award winner Charlotte Sweeney, calls for a move away from ‘initiatives’ that only have a limited shelf life and a focus on changes that will create a sustainable difference amidst the launch of the Women in Finance Charter on July 11th.  Citing a need for a shift in the culture in all areas within the Finance Sector as critical for the future success of the industry.


Charlotte has dedicated much of her life to championing universal social mobility and the benefits of a diverse workforce in business. Charlotte’s specialised work through Creating Inclusive Cultures’ in large-scale change programmes with a focus on inclusion, engagement and wellbeing for over 15 years, meant that when UK Secretary of State Dr. Vince Cable needed an independent review on the Voluntary Code for Executive Search firms in relation to getting more women onto boards, Charlotte was the woman he called on. ‘The Sweeney Report’ is now widely referenced and a highlight of the award winning author whose first book written with co-author Fleur Bothwick OBE, ‘Inclusive Leadership – The Definitive Guide to Developing and Executing an Impactful Diversity and Inclusion Strategy – Locally and Globally’, will be published by The Financial Times in September 2016.


Charlotte says, “Transparency and accountability key to ensuring that companies create their own focus areas and an outline of how they plan to get there is key to engagement. It’s imperative that we begin to move away from ‘initiatives’ that have a limited shelf life and focus on changes that will create a sustainable difference, such as agile working and shared parental leave. A one size fits all approach does not work, as not all cultures are the same, for example Insurance is different to Asset Management, London is different to Manchester.”


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