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Diversity and Inclusion

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Our mission

At GAM, diversity and inclusion are critical to our success. By fostering an environment that embraces diverse perspectives we become better investors and better problem solvers. Embracing diversity nurtures creativity and collaboration. A diverse, inclusive environment makes us good listeners, empathetic to the needs and aspirations of our clients. Lastly, diversity and inclusion are values that attract, develop, and retain exceptional colleagues.

At GAM we provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, religion or other characteristics. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where all individuals feel valued, listened to, treated fairly and respected.

Creating a genuinely diverse and inclusive workplace requires hard work, dedication and perseverance. It is never ‘mission accomplished’. It is not about favouring individuals to improve company statistics. Instead, success hinges on the willingness of each of us, as individuals, to promote a work environment that embraces difference.

Senior management take specific steps to foster this environment and cultivate inclusiveness through appropriate training at all levels and regions. We pursue diversity initiatives in recruitment, mentoring, training and workplace flexibility. We have signed the Women in Finance Charter, 30% Club and the Diversity Project to accelerate our progress toward our diversity and inclusion goals.

We cannot preach inclusion without practicing it. All our staff experiences and perspectives are invaluable to make GAM a more diverse, inclusive and successful company.​


A culture of mutual respect, where different opinions are valued and respected and new points of view are encouraged, is key to our long-term success.

Alexander Friedman, Group CEO

Women in Finance Charter

In 2018, GAM signed the Women in Finance Charter with the goal of increasing the proportion of women in senior management positions within GAM globally to 25% by 2022. The Women in Finance Charter is a pledge for gender balance across financial services and it reflects the government’s aspiration to see gender balance at all levels across financial services firms. GAM is committed to improving gender diversity for the benefit of the business - for our people, our clients and our workplace culture - and recognises in particular the benefits of increased gender diversity in senior management.

Learn more about the Women in Finance Charter

By forming a Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee we can support our initiatives and develop an ongoing action plan. With this, we continue to take the necessary steps to create a genuinely diverse and inclusive workplace.

Our Memberships

GAM has joined the Diversity Project, which aims to achieve an inclusive culture within the investment industry. The benefits to an inclusive culture across all levels supports more effective teamwork, gives wider perspectives, better investment decisions, better results for our clients and ultimately more sustainable business.

Learn more about The Diversity Project

GAM has joined the 30% Club to help accelerate our progress with achieving gender balance throughout our organisation. The 30% Club runs a number of very specific and targeted initiatives that look to broaden the pipeline of women at all levels.

Learn more about the 30% club

Our Actions

Our Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee and working groups are committed to drive our key actions to support our group initiatives.


What we have done so far:

  • Provided unconscious bias e-learning training to all staff;
  • Formed group-wide Diversity Steering Committee;
  • Signed the Women in Finance Charter;
  • Joined the ‘30% club’;
  • Joined ‘The Diversity Project’;
  • Reviewing recruitment practises.

What we plan to do:

  • Review all family-friendly and agile working policies group-wide;
  • Launch wellness calendar (health and wellbeing awareness);
  • Introduce talent programme;
  • Regularly report diversity statistics to Group Management Board;
  • Launch leadership and management programme;
  • Launch mentoring programme.

News and Media

50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2018

Congratulations to Natalie Daw and Maggie Gresio who feature in the Hedge Fund Journal’s list of 50 leading women in hedge funds.

Now in its sixth edition, the list recognises leading women across a wide range of C-suite roles as well as general counsel, HR professionals, sales, marketing and business development and investor relations professionals. Those included, by virtue of the senior roles they fulfil, are seen as inspirational to those following in their wake.

Natalie is recognised for her work with clients and prospects across the investment spectrum and more recently for overseeing the global systematic investor base and the team responsible for investor and prospect related activity at GAM Systematic Cantab.

Maggie is commended for her work with institutional investors in the US, specifically providing custom solutions tailored to help them reach their investment goals.

View the full list here.



Investment Week’s Women in Investment Awards 2018

Jian Shi Cortesi nominated for the Fund Manager of the Year category

We are proud to congratulate Jian Shi Cortesi, manager of the GAM China Evolution and GAM Asia Focus funds on being nominated for the Fund Manager of the Year award, part of Investment Week’s Women in Investment Awards.

The awards seek to honour the achievements of women across all parts of the industry, with awards in categories including Investment Analyst of the Year, Role Model of the Year and Mentor of the Year.

The Investment20/20 scheme, which GAM has participated in since April 2017, has also been shortlisted for the Contribution to Diversity Award. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 28 November 2018.

View the full list here.



Investment2020

In 2016, GAM joined Investment2020 and has since welcomed over 20 trainees into various business areas within our UK offices. Investment2020 was launched in 2013 with the idea to open the doors to a wide range of graduates and school leavers whose aspirations hadn’t previously included a career in Investment Management.

Our trainees join us for 12 months within an assigned department and during this time have the opportunity to undertake courses specific to their business area, as well as to join wider training and education events within GAM and with the Investment2020 programme.

To support GAM’s commitment to a diverse workplace, the initial shortlisting stage of all applications for our UK Trainee Programme is reviewed blindly, with names and educational background removed from application forms ensuring all applications are assessed based on application form responses only.

Our trainee programme has enabled us to provide opportunities for bright, talented and enthusiastic people to join GAM and our industry.



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Join us

People come to work with us because they value our client-focused, collaborative culture.We’re in business to advance the potential of our clients’ capital by making investment decisions that help them achieve their aspirations. That calls for teamwork, integrity, rigour and an entrepreneurial flair across the GAM organisation.So if you share our ambitions for our clients, we’ll help you take your career ambitions forward.


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