Launch of Ireland’s Women in Finance Charter

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Launch of Ireland’s Women in Finance Charter

The launch of Ireland's Women in Finance Charter this week was a significant milestone and thanks to those firms who were launch signatories. As one of the partner organisations who helped to develop it, we are proud to see it become a reality and encourage member firms to join.

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Minister of State at the Department of Finance Sean Fleming today (Wednesday 27 April) launched Ireland’s first Women in Finance Charter at Euronext Dublin. The Women in Finance Charter is a collaboration between industry and Government under the Ireland for Finance strategy. Ireland for Finance, is the government’s blueprint for the development of the international financial services sector. Diversity is a key theme of the Strategy.

The Charter was developed in partnership with Financial Services Ireland, Insurance Ireland, Banking & Payments Federation Ireland and Irish Funds.

The Charter is open to all financial services firms operating in Ireland. Signatories of the Charter commit their organisations to improving the number of women in management and board level positions to achieve better gender balance and a more inclusive working environment. The senior management teams of signatory firms will be accountable for progressing the yearly targets. Over the course of this year, signatories will report current levels of female participation in their workforce. This will be broken down by seniority, in order to establish a baseline against which future progress will be measured. Each signatory will then provide targets to increase the number of women working throughout its business and publish progress it makes against these targets.

Crucially, this data will be collected and reported on by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) to ensure independent, credible analysis on an annual basis. A Steering Group has been established for ongoing governance of the Charter with representation from the public sector and industry.

Read the full press release from the Department of Finance.