Franklin Templeton selected for 2019 bloomberg gender-equality index, recognising commitment to advancing women in the workplace

From Franklin Templeton Investments
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London, 11 February 2019 – Franklin Templeton is pleased to announce that it has been selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which distinguishes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women's equality. This is the third consecutive year that Franklin Templeton has been selected for the index.

Martyn Gilbey, UK Country Head at Franklin Templeton, commented: “We are delighted that Franklin Templeton’s commitment to advancing diversity has been recognised again by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. Diversity and inclusion are embedded throughout our business, as we strive to hire, develop, and retain talented individuals who can relate to our clients around the world. We believe that an inclusive workplace will allow our employees to deliver excellent results and client service, and we endeavour to create a fair and inclusive environment for our employees, investors, clients and visitors.”

Bloomberg's standardised reporting framework offers public companies the opportunity to disclose information on how they promote gender equality across four separate areas – company statistics, policies, community engagement, and products and services. Reporting companies that score above a globally-established threshold, based on the extent of disclosures and the achievement of best-in-class statistics and policies, are included in the GEI.

Paul Brady, UK Diversity Champion at Franklin Templeton, said: “Our commitment to diversity and inclusion does not stop at hiring and employment policies. It extends to our support for external groups such as Stonewall which is active in campaigning for equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community. For current employees, we are proud to support an ever-growing network of communities and Business Resource Groups to give employees a platform to help and support each other to overcome challenges in the workplace.”

In the UK, Franklin Templeton is also proud to be a signatory to the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter, which encourages financial services firms to take specific actions to improve their gender balance. The firm also partners with a range of organisations to help to create a diverse workforce across the industry by working with organisations which promote social inclusion, workplace diversity and social mobility such as Investment 2020, Career Ready and Making the Leap.

The Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index includes 230 companies from 10 sectors, headquartered across 36 countries and regions. Collectively, these firms have a combined market capitalisation of US $9 trillion and globally employ more than 15 million people, of which 7 million are women. Thirteen markets are represented for the first time this year, including Argentina, China, Israel, and South Africa.

The framework is voluntary and has no associated costs. The GEI is a reference index. All public companies can submit data to Bloomberg. Those with a security listed on a US exchange and a market capitalisation of USD1 billion or greater are eligible for index inclusion.

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