The gender agenda: six key Barclays initiatives
Women in Leadership Forum
The forum is focused on the development of senior women at managing director and director level. Taking place in four global locations on a biannual basis, it brings together leaders to network, share experience and derive inspiration to drive their careers forward.
In 2015, Barclays became a founding member of the United Nations (UN) campaign for women, HeForShe. As such, the bank pledged to make gender equality an institutional priority by signing up to three bold commitments:
- Increase representation of women in senior leadership by a percentage point a year.
- Embed gender equality in the culture, processes and policies of Barclays.
- Reach 2.5 million women around the world with financial inclusion programmes.
Women in Finance Charter
In July 2016, Barclays was proud to become one of the first signatories to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter, which commits financial service firms to link the remuneration packages of their executive teams to gender diversity targets.
Barclays’ dynamic working programme caters to the diverse needs of the workforce through remote working, job-shares and flexible hours. This enables colleagues to integrate their professional and personal lives in a way that works for them, for instance allowing parents to spend more ‘quality time’ with their children.
Win, the gender network
With a membership of more than 5,000 colleagues, this global network helps Barclays attract, retain and maximise the talent of women. Some of their initiatives include:
- Development and leadership programs
- Internal and external networking opportunities
- Communities offering mentorship, training and retention to women at all levels in the bank
- Support of global campaigns such as International Women’s Day.
A pilot ‘returnship’ scheme that helps senior-level women return to work after a long career break. It consists of a 12-week placement that helps to open doors, create networks and support employees every step of the way as they rediscover their place within work.