McCann FitzGerald backs women in finance initiative

McCann FitzGerald backs women in finance initiative

Pictured (left–right): McCann FitzGerald director of HR and people development Sarah Begley, head of responsible business Sabina Cotter, partner and head of finance Georgina O'Riordan and managing partner Stephen Holst.

McCann FitzGerald LLP has signed Ireland’s Women in Finance Charter, an industry-led and government-backed initiative aimed at increasing participation of women at all levels of business in financial services in Ireland.

Signatories are required to commit their organisations to improving the number of women in management and board level positions by setting positive targets to be publicly disclosed and reported on, with progress independently monitored and reported on by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

A number of industry bodies including the Banking Payments Federation Ireland, Financial Services Ireland, Ibec, Irish Funds and Insurance Ireland are collaborating on the Charter, with 74 financial services companies in Ireland having signed to date, representing 50,000 employees across the industry.

Stephen Holst, managing partner at McCann FitzGerald LLP, said: “As a firm, we are committed to ensuring our workplace reflects the diversity of our wider society. We see this as both a moral imperative for our people, and a commercial imperative, with undeniable evidence that better gender balance supports better business outcomes.

“Last year, we made a number of further commitments to put this sentiment into action, and look at new and practical ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive workplace.

“We are delighted to commit McCann FitzGerald LLP as a signatory and supporter of the Women in Finance Charter, and look forward to engaging with our peers across the financial services industry to advocate for and implement best practice in workplace gender equality.”

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