Equifax UK has begun the next phase of its diversity and inclusion program, targeted to tackle unconscious bias, change mindsets and build confidence and resilience among employees.
It launched its internal business network Interact, in partnership with Work.by Design, in a bid to help its people ‘build confidence and start different conversations.’ The scheme offers a combination of seminars, networking, e-learning and coaching across the Equifax UK offices, with a particular focus on helping women progress to senior roles. It builds on existing employee training, well being and inclusion projects at Equifax in recognition that the firm’s people are its biggest asset.
Beth Whelan, head of collections and recoveries products at Equifax, said: “We recognise that employee well being and equal opportunities are vital to the success of our people and the company as a whole. The program is the latest part of our strategy to support colleagues in their confidence and development at work.”
Claire Dunn, co-founder at Work.by Design, said: “We’ve created a program of work for Equifax that supports its Women in Finance Charter pledge to have equal numbers of female and male senior leaders by 2023. Paying particular focus to the needs and support of women in the organisation, we aim to disrupt the status quo of traditional coaching and mentoring programs. The Equifax team has been really receptive to the themes and we look forward to working with them over the coming years.”
Signatories to the Women in Finance charter aim to promote gender diversity by offering accountability for gender diversity and inclusion and sponsoring senior leadership. The scheme asks companies to set internal targets for gender diversity in senior management positions and publish progress against these targets. It also encourages firms to ensure the pay of senior executives is linked to delivery of these targets.