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Diversity and Inclusion

Our Mission

Diversity

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.

Equality

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.

Inclusion

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.

OUR MEMBERSHIPS

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.

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.

WOMEN IN FINANCE

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.

When GAM signed up to the Charter in September 2018 we had 16.7% female representation in senior management positions as at 31 December 2017. As of 31 December 2018 we had 17.7% female representation in senior management positions. We believe we are on track to meet our Charter target by our deadline, however, the recent stress events which led to a global restructuring programme during 2019, may hinder, in the short term, our journey toward our confirmed target. GAM remains committed to improving gender diversity for the benefit of the business - for our people, our clients and our work-place culture - and recognises in particular the benefits of increased gender diversity in senior management.

News and Media

50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2019

Investment Week’s Women in Investment Awards 2018

Investment20/20

Congratulations to senior scientists Linda Gruendken and Camilla Schelpe who were chosen for The Hedge Fund Journal’s list of 50 leading women in hedge funds 2019.

The global list, which is compiled annually, recognises leading women across a wide range of roles, who exemplify success and are a beacon to those who follow in their footsteps.

Linda is recognised for her pioneering work in the field of systematic credit and Camilla is commended for building GAM Systematic Cantab’s options trading infrastructure.

Linda and Camilla feature alongside contemporaries from Bridgewater Associates, Man Group, Systematica Investments and Marshall Wace, among others.

This is the second consecutive year that GAM has featured in the report after Natalie Daw and Maggie Gresio were recognised in 2018.

Click here to view the full report.

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, was shortlisted and won the Contribution to Diversity Award.

View the full list here.

In 2016, GAM joined Investment20/20 and has since welcomed over 20 trainees into various business areas within our UK offices. Investment20/20 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 Investment20/20 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.

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

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.