Diversity and Inclusion

Different perspectives. More innovation.
Better outcomes.

With employees living and working in over 30 countries, diversity and inclusion aren’t just buzzwords to us. Diversity and inclusion is in our culture from top to bottom and impacts our lives every day. Our diverse workforce is a competitive advantage. And cultivating an inclusive workplace helps our employees thrive – benefitting our clients, our partners and our company.

30
countries

700
investment professionals

representing shareholders in
170
countries

Jenny Johnson

″Building teams - with diverse skills, backgrounds and experiences has always been important at Franklin Templeton. Cultivating an inclusive culture where it’s safe for employees to share their voice, is good for our people; our diversity and inclusion ethos drives innovation and allows us to deliver better client outcomes.″

Jenny Johnson, President and CEO

Designed to Do
Things Differently

Our uniquely collaborative culture allows us to do things differently. Teamwork lets us link our many capabilities, harness our best thinking and continuously evolve. And fostering open dialogue helps us understand client needs, work together, spot trends, and drive innovation.

Engaging Our Teams

From our CEO to our newest employee, we all have a responsibility to cultivate an inclusive environment.

We offer an educational series to promote inclusion, mitigate unconscious bias and increase cultural sensitivity awareness.

Our collaborative intranet and social network enable employees to share their perspectives and exchange ideas.

And, in our annual employee sentiment survey, diversity and inclusion related responses received the highest positive satisfaction scores.

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Fostering Connections

We encourage inclusion through our employee-led Business Resource Groups. These communities support a greater sense of shared experience with colleagues and allies to:

  • Nurture collaboration and networking
  • Contribute insights on key business initiatives
  • Support new employee recruiting and mentoring
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Dedicated to uniting and supporting individuals whose lives are impacted by disabilities.

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Focuses on facilitating the professional and personal growth of Hispanic/Latino employees and allies.

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Provides a platform to encourage, inspire and support women in their careers.

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Facilitates the success of people of African descent and allies, by enriching their professional lives, creating connections and promoting an inclusive environment.

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Promotes an inclusive environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer employees and allies, encouraging authenticity and respect while valuing differences in communities where we live and work.

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Honours soldier(s)' sacrifice and commitment by supporting veterans, active duty members and allies.

Cultivating Inclusive &
Diverse Teams

Our workforce is made up of employees across generations, genders, preferences, abilities and cultural identities. As employees, we know it’s up to us to maintain and grow our unique culture.

41% Female employees globally

Global Female Employees

23% Female senior leaders globally

Global Female Senior Leaders

17% Female investment professionals globally

Global Female Investment Professionals

35% Ethnic minorities in the US

US Ethnic Minority Employees

Note: Representation percentages as of 31 March, 2020

Greg Johnson

″I believe a diverse and inclusive workforce enables our company to deliver better outcomes for our clients. And while we’ve been successful, we have more to accomplish.″

Greg Johnson, Executive Chairman, Chairman of the Board

Women in Finance charter

In October 2018, Franklin Templeton signed up to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter, a pledge by financial services firms to take specific actions to im-prove their gender balance in the UK.

We have set ourselves a target to achieve 28% - 33% of females in senior management roles in the UK by 2022 and we believe that we are making progress to-wards this target. We continuously review our pro-cesses to ensure we’re doing all we can to create a more diverse workforce. In 2020, our new CEO, Jenny Johnson, signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge reinforcing Greg Johnson’s pledge in his former role as CEO and working to cultivate trusting workplace environments where employees feel comfortable and empowered to discuss diversity and inclusion. In addition, we appointed a Chief Diversity Officer elevating D&I to a strategic priority for the firm.

We also continue to focus on local initiatives such as:

Improving visibility: Our UK chapter of Women@FT, a Business Resource Group (BRG) for employees, elevates the visibility of key gender diversity issues, while also serving as a strong source of support for female employees looking for inspiration and encouragement as they build their careers. Throughout 2019 and 2020, the BRG has focused on career progression, networking, developing individual brand and career development

Increasing female representation on our three UK boards: Franklin Templeton Investment Management Limited, Franklin Templeton Fund Management Limited, and Franklin Templeton Global Investors Limited now reflect a female gender-split of 50%, 38% and 33%, respectively.

Dedicated to improving: We are committed to at least 28% female representation in senior management roles in the UK by 2022.

Gender pay gap reporting

In 2016 the UK Government introduced new legislation requiring all UK employers with more than 250 relevant employees to publish their gender pay gap information each year. Transparency and gender equality are important to us. That’s why we voluntarily publish our gender statistics – even though our largest UK subsidiary has less than 250 employees.

Franklin Templeton’s 2019 UK Gender Pay Gap Report (PDF).

Evolution Is Part of Our Approach

The Diversity & Inclusion conversation continues to evolve. So we continue to listen, measure and optimise our approach.

We participate in indexes and industry surveys to help us evaluate how we’re doing against our peers. And we partner with organisations like Women in Capital Markets or join the CFA Institute’s Diversity & Inclusion Experimental Partners Program to help us foster a more inclusive investment industry.

Our D&I Partnerships, Pledges & Awards

Ceo Action logo
CFA Institute logo
Investment 20/20 logo
Women in Finance Charter logo
Charite de la Diversite Letzebuerg logo
Career Ready logo
Disability Confident Committed logo
Inter Invest logo
Making the Leap logo
Bloomberg Grande-Equality Index logo
Best Places to Work logo
Girls Who Invest
Disability Equality Index logo
Stonewall Diversity Champion logo
JA Worldwide logo
Enable India logo
WMC logo
Diversity logo
  • Franklin Templeton is included in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Franklin Templeton received a perfect score of 100% on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fourth consecutive year.

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