AXA IM receives EDGE Certification for gender equality practices
We are proud to have been certified for our gender equality practices by EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) for the second time this year.
Having independently reviewed our organisation’s ability to foster gender equality, and benchmarked this against both global standards and our peers, EDGE has determined that, once again, AXA IM has made a global commitment to gender equality in the workplace.
Our data demonstrated that AXA IM has a superior gender balance compared with our industry. In addition, EDGE determined that we have made significant progress in key areas such as flexible working, the visibility of senior leaders on gender equality topics, as well as the uptake of our paternity offering - a 60% increase since our last assessment. This provides a good foundation from which to build sustainable progress in the future.
EDGE Certification represents a significant milestone in our journey towards building an inclusive and equitable workplace for both women and men. It is a public declaration of our commitment to continuous, measurable improvement in support of our ambition to be recognised as an employer of choice within the asset management industry. Indeed, study after study shows that diversity has a positive impact on productivity and 80% of the AXA IM employees surveyed would agree that gender equality is important for the company to remain competitive in the market.
In 2019, we became one of the 65 global investment institutions to support the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a UN Global Compact initiative calling for companies to advance women empowerment in the workplace. Our gender diversity voting policy echoes our engagement efforts.
“Building on the EDGE audit, we developed a definitive action plan last year, focusing our efforts on tangible measurements of progress. Each of our Management Board members had a specific performance objective on diversity and inclusion to ensure delivery on our commitments. As an example, this year, 79% of our employees believe that women and men are given the same opportunities to be hired in by this company.”
Amélie Watelet, Chief Transformation Officer and Global Head of HR & Communications
“AXA Investment Managers have successfully achieved EDGE re-Certification on a global level thus re-affirming their global commitment to gender equality in the workplace and thus continuing to lead the transformation of the financial sector towards gender balance. The results demonstrated improvements of the effectiveness of policies and practices to ensure equitable career flows for men and women across all country organisations of the group. We congratulate AXA Investment Managers on this achievement and support the company’s efforts to further advance through the different EDGE Certification levels.”
Aniela Unguresan, Co-founder EDGE Certified Foundation