For a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy to be successful it has to be closely aligned with the work that a company undertakes and the environment in which it operates. Inter-dealer broking has traditionally been a place in the City where success is dependent on hard work and talent rather than background and privilege. Our CSR strategy, 'A Voice For All', will embrace that tradition of giving people a chance in life and will guide the societal work that we do.
'A Voice For All' engages all areas of our business, and is a way of focusing our CSR efforts to ensure that we have a positive impact on society in a way which is relevant to our business.
In May 2018 we launched our CSR campaign called Everybody Counts aimed at improving numeracy in the communities in which we operate by 2021. This campaign underlines our commitment to improving social mobility and ensuring that we contribute to an environment that allows financial services to be meritocratic and welcoming to all.
We support creative initiatives that inspire new generations and gives them the confidence to succeed.
We recognise that aspiration and achievement are linked. Where young and disaffected people have low expectations and poor confidence levels, they are less likely to strive to do well in education or employment.
We promote skills development in the communities within which we operate, to increase participation in local economies.
Certain skills – especially digital and financial literacy – are essential life skills and have been identified by the OECD as increasingly vital to successful economies.
We are building the diverse and skilled workforce the financial services sector needs for the future.
Financial services has seen a sharp rise in skills shortages in recent years. At the same time, the sector faces challenges over low levels of gender, ethnic and socio-economic diversity in the workforce.