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Diversity, equity & inclusion: The path to transparency

13 September 2021

The ongoing conversations and industry-wide efforts to promote a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive investment industry are gaining momentum, and industry participants are making more commitments to advocate for change.

However, there is a need for a clearer definition of diversity and alignment between asset owners, consultants, and asset managers on the data used to measure diversity, equity, and inclusion. The change efforts are not solely reliant on asset managers, as some consultants and asset owners are making commitments to internal initiatives as well.

In our whitepaper, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: The Path to Transparency, we discuss: 

  • The collective efforts on the entire investment industry ecosystem, including asset owners, consultants, and asset managers, to adopt and implement the standardization of diversity and inclusion data.
  • The current state of diversity within asset management firms at both the ownership and portfolio management levels.
  • How the use of D&I data will impact stakeholder decision-making, board member composition, and investment policies in the future.

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Key Findings:

  • 584 asset management firms reported some level of female or minority ownership.
  • 54.07% of key professionals at the firms reporting D&I data to eVestment are white males. The second largest group is Asian males, at 12.44% followed by white women at 9.11%. Black males only made up 1.73% of the key professionals at firms reporting data and black females made up only 0.55% of key professionals at reporting firms.
  • 288 firms indicate they have mentorship programs available for women and minorities and 244 firms indicate they have a pay-parity policy in place.
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