Diversity, equity, and inclusion

We believe that a diverse workforce and inclusive culture are vital to success. To achieve them, Wellington Management has an integrated, global approach to attract, hire, develop, and retain world-class talent.

Celebrating Wellington Women

At Wellington Management, we believe our clients benefit from a firm that attracts exceptional talent by standing up for gender equality and bringing diverse individuals together to create equal opportunities to grow, advance, and fulfill their highest potential.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked colleagues from around the world what they were choosing to challenge to help forge a gender equal world. Here’s what we learned…

SHARING OUR APPROACH

Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion in this fireside chat between the director of our Client Group, Stefan Haselwandter, and our director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Shawna Ferguson. We hope this discussion — the first in a series — will be part of a broader conversation to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across our industry — educating, challenging, and connecting us to move forward together.
The transcript of this conversation can be found here.

THE PATH FORWARD

Our Managing Partners recently shared their thoughts on the issues of racial injustice that so many around the US and the rest of the world are wrestling with. Read about the firm’s commitment to tangible action and real and lasting progress.

 

OUR INCLUSIVE, SUPPORTIVE CULTURE

We take pride in our diverse backgrounds and experiences — inclusive of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. They help us challenge conventional wisdom, spark creative thinking, and enrich our lives and relationships.

Our approach to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture is driven by leaders of the firm, implemented by managers, supported by employees, and guided by our director of Global Diversity and Inclusion.

Our cross-functional Diversity Committee supports a multiyear diversity and inclusion strategy, with specific goals linked to three areas of focus: talent, culture, and community.

OUR BUSINESS NETWORKS

Learn more about how our business networks keep our firm connected with clients, talent, and communities globally. 

Talent

We strive to build exceptional teams that are as diverse as our clients. In line with this goal, we have increased our efforts to hire, develop, retain, and advance employees from underrepresented groups across all levels at our firm. We partner with several diversity associations to help us. Learn more about careers at Wellington Management.

Driving business results through diversity and inclusion

Advancing global diversity and inclusion is essential to our mission, because it drives innovative approaches and collaboration.

The Wellington Management ecosystem thrives when we “seek a wide audience,” which means listening to different perspectives and appreciating other points of views. We believe this diversity of thought ultimately helps us achieve better results for our clients.

Jean Hynes, CEO

Commitment to diversity education

We provide our employees with learning opportunities to enhance their knowledge about inclusive workplace practices. These include skill-building sessions focusing on unconscious bias; cross-cultural competency; and recognizing differences in work, communication, and thinking styles, including generational differences.

Culture

Our culture is centered around our focus on our clients, collaboration, respectful debate, and differentiated thinking. These shared values are core to who we are as a firm, and are the basis for our long-standing commitment to being diverse and inclusive.

All employees are responsible for contributing to our diverse and inclusive culture by mitigating bias from investment, talent, and business decisions, and demonstrating inclusive behaviors. For example, each day our investment teams meet to discuss a broad range of investment perspectives in our Morning Meetings. We believe this collegial approach drives better solutions for our clients.

Our business networks and diversity working groups are part of this open, collaborative culture. They connect people with different backgrounds and shared interests on initiatives related to employee engagement, recruitment, development, education, and community outreach. The networks offer a global, cross-functional perspective that can help us arrive at more informed decisions for our clients, and support our talent, investment, and business objectives. Learn more about our business networks.

Shawna Ferguson

Our approach to building a richly diverse workforce — while sustaining an inclusive culture — strengthens our firm, drives innovative solutions, and enables us to pursue superior investment results for our clients.

Shawna Ferguson, Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion

COMMUNITY

We invest in the communities where we work and live by engaging in philanthropic efforts, including targeted corporate giving. These initiatives focus on bridging the achievement gap between students with different backgrounds and profiles. We also contribute to our communities through knowledge-sharing forums, mentoring, and volunteer events. Learn more.

Wellington Management values diversity in every aspect of its business, including procurement. We are building a supply network that reflects our principles of inclusion by leveraging diverse suppliers. Businesses owned and managed by ethnic minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community are just some examples of our diverse supplier partnerships.

Our diversity partners

30% Club Japan

30% Club (Japan)

The 30% Club Japan is a global campaign led by Chairs and CEOs taking action to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels.

100 Women in Finance

100 Women in Finance

A global association of more than 10,000 professional women making a difference in both industry and community through educational programming, professional leverage initiatives, and philanthropy.

Association of Latino Professionals for America

ALPFA

The largest Latino association for business professionals and students dedicated to enhancing opportunities for their members while building leadership and career skills.

Black Opportunity Fund
Black Opportunity Fund

Established in 2020, The Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) is a dynamic partnership between businesses, philanthropists, foundations, and the Black community to combat the impact of anti-Black racism in Canada.
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

CEO Action for Diversity & InclusionTM

CEO Action for Diversity & InclusionTM is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

CFA Institute’s Driving Change Initiative: Diversity and Inclusion in Investment Management

CFA Institute’s Driving Change Initiative: Diversity and Inclusion in Investment Management

This project — initiated to better understand how to design, promote, and successfully implement strong diversity and inclusion practices and policies in the investment management industry — is led by the CFA Institute and involves investment managers across the US.

Corporate Call to Action

Corporate Call to Action

To confront long standing racial economic disparities in the United States and their impact on the nation’s economy, the Connecticut Office of the Treasurer and the Ford Foundation have launched a partnership to convene a coalition of CEOs representing multi-billion-dollar industries to advance racial and economic security and opportunity both within and outside of their companies. The coalition of CEOs, as part of a corporate call to action working group, will establish long-term, measurable commitments that address the need for deep, structural changes in order to advance social change, racial justice and greater economic prosperity for all.

DCIIA – Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association

DCIIA – Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association

The Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) encourages members to advocate for diversity and inclusion in their own organizations and seek to identify opportunities to raise the visibility of these issues industry-wide. In support of this goal, DCIIA is forming an advisory group composed of c-suite executives from member firms who are in a diversity and inclusion role at their organization (i.e., Chief Diversity Officer or similar). Participation will provide opportunities to collaborate and interact with other senior-level D&I and retirement industry leaders — cross-industry collaboration is a hallmark of DCIIA’s value proposition.

Disability Confident

Disability Confident

Wellington Management International Ltd are proud to be part of the 20,000 organisations that have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme. Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better, and make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to our workplace. We are changing behaviour and cultures within our business, networks and communities, and reaping the benefits of inclusive recruitment practices.

The Diversity Project – UK
Diversity Project

The purpose of the Diversity Project is to accelerate progress towards an inclusive culture in the investment profession.
Girls Who Invest

Girls Who Invest

A nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry.

INROADS

INROADS

A nonprofit organization founded to help develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.

Insurance Women’s Investment Network (IWIN)

A forum for experienced female professionals focused on the investment of insurance general account assets. Our mission is to foster relationships among members and enhance their impact and contribution to the insurance industry.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Management Leadership for Tomorrow

A nonprofit organization that seeks to address the under-representation of African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in leadership positions in corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, and nonprofit organizations.

NABA – National Association of Black Accountants
NABA – National Association of Black Accountants

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA, Inc.), is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 black professionals in these fields, NABA advances people, careers, and the mission by providing education, resources, and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto: Lifting As We Climb.
National Association of Securities Professionals

National Association of Securities Professionals

The premier organization assisting people of color and women in achieving inclusion in the financial services industry.

NSCP – National Society of Compliance Professionals
NSCP – National Society of Compliance Professionals

The National Society of Compliance Professionals is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to serving and supporting the compliance professional in the financial services industry. NSCP is for compliance, by compliance. NSCP membership provides financial services compliance professionals with a wide range of resources including a community of like-minded peers, continuing education to further their knowledge and specialized skills, and regulatory involvement through representation of compliance interests.
Women in Finance Charter – UK
Women in Finance Charter – UK

The ‘Women in Finance Charter’ asks financial services firms to commit to implement four key industry actions.
Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) & Black British Business Awards (BBBA)
Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) & Black British Business Awards (BBBA)

Founded in 2014, the Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) celebrates the exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black professionals and business owners in the UK and empowers organisations with the necessary tools to attract, retain and progress their internal Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic talent.
Out & Equal

Out & Equal

Out & Equal is the premier organization working exclusively on LGBTQ workplace equality. Through our worldwide programs, Fortune 500 partnerships and our annual Workplace Summit conference, we help LGBTQ people thrive and support organizations creating a culture of belonging for all.

SEO London

SEO London

A nonprofit organisation that prepares talented students from underrepresented backgrounds for career success, partnering with companies to create a lasting and powerful community of diverse talent.

Student Veterans of America
Student Veterans of America

Through a network of more than 1,500 on-campus chapters, Student Veterans of America ensures that student veterans and military-connected students achieve their greatest potential.
The Partnership, Inc.

The Partnership, Inc.

The premier US experts on talent management solutions for professionals of color focused on research, training, consulting, and convening.

The Robert Toigo Foundation

The Robert Toigo Foundation

TOIGO’s mission is to foster the career advancement and increased leadership of underrepresented talent by creating mechanisms for greater inclusion from the classroom to the boardroom.

Work Without Limits

Work Without Limits is an initiative out of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) with the goal of positioning Massachusetts as the first state in the nation where the employment rate of people with disabilities is equal to people without disabilities.

Year Up

Year Up

An organization seeking to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

FourBlock

FourBlock

FourBlock bridges the divide between transitioning veterans and the business community. They are a nation-wide community of veterans and employers dedicated to transforming the veteran transition process.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.

Greenwood Project

Greenwood Project

Greenwood Project introduces Black and Latinx students to careers within the financial industry via paid summer internships, educational field trips, and our summer financial institute for high school students.

LGBT Great -UK

LGBT Great -UK

LGBT Great is a global investment industry organisation working to develop all aspects of LGBT+ equality and inclusion within the workplace

Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non-profit organization that is the convener, voice and advocate of the region’s business community. They help their members and Greater Boston succeed by:

Informing the business community on the most important issues facing our region
Shaping public policies that sustain Greater Boston’s competitiveness
Providing leadership development programs that foster professional growth

Dive In Festival

Dive In Festival

Dive In is a global movement in the insurance sector to support the development of inclusive workplace cultures. Its mission is to enable people to achieve their potential by raising awareness of the business case and promoting positive action for diversity in all its forms.

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