The Accelerating Change Together (ACT) research programme is the UK’s first cross-sector initiative designed to bring a gender lens to the UK financial services industry. The four-year programme harnesses the collective input from banking, asset management, professional services, fintech and insurance to address pressing gender and inclusion challenges.

Our aim is to provide actionable recommendations and effect policy change to better retain and promote women in the financial services workforce. Our partners on this programme are the Inclusion Initiative at the London School of Economics (LSE) and The Wisdom Council. The ACT programme is sponsored by: Aegon, Baillie Gifford, Barclays, Blackrock, Citi, EY, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, London Stock Exchange Group, Moody’s, Morgan Stanley, Santander, Schroders Personal Wealth, TD Securities and The Cumberland. Our supporters are the FCA and AFME.

To mark the first year of the programme we have launched the GOOD FINANCE Framework: Creating Inclusive Organisations in Financial and Professional Services. The framework brings together the ideas of 44 women who participated in the recent qualitative study, alongside the thoughts of 35 women who attended roundtables and over 1,700 respondents to our quantitative survey, and proposes concrete actions for organisations wanting to retain and develop their most talented employees, including women. These actions will be key as we progress with the next stage of gender convergence which will see us working and learning what works together.

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WIBF’s Unique Position

As the only UK-focused organisation of its kind, WIBF has built an unmatched network and membership across all levels of the financial services industry

Engaging Employers

We are working in partnership with our institutional members - and organisations in the wider industry – allowing them to influence the direction of the research, test and share findings with the group to create momentum in the gender agenda

Agile, Implementation-Focused Approach

This multi-year research programme will be carried out in four distinct phases so that the research can address industry “hot topics”