Diversity

At Sapphire Capital, we know that diverse and inclusive teams yield the best results for our funds, investors and clients.

Our focus

As a financial services firm, Sapphire Capital Partners LLP is duty bound to address diversity and inclusion within our teams and client offerings.  Because an unjust workplace starts from the top, senior management is primarily responsible for delivering change by de-biasing the organisation to ensure that inclusivity is inherent. We also expect our clients to hold us accountable because diverse teams provide a better service.

In 2018, we made a formal pledge of support to improve gender diversity in the financial services sector by becoming signatories to HM Treasury's Women in Finance Charter. We strive to enable women's talent to be optimised for the greater good of our colleagues, clients and for the communities we live in. The Charter requires us to report our targets and progress towards supporting women in finance.  

We also have our own inclusion goals and are excited to report our progress in them as well, in order to keep evolving.

Achievements

  • October 2019: Hosted the Women in Venture Capital panel discussion, the first ever to be held in Northern Ireland, with an all female panel.
  • January 2020: Achieved gender parity.
  • 2009: Developed a flexible working policy as a way of differentiating ourselves from other companies.
  • July 2018: Signed the Women in Finance Charter.
  • Ongoing: Taken placement students as interns.
  • Direct involvement with local Cancer Focus chapter.

Progressing

  • Striving to maintain gender parity through scale up phase.
  • Reviewing our fund management processes, which includes collecting and analysing gender data such as female representation in portfolio companies, executive teams, boards, and investment committees.
  • Running diversity training for our team.
  • Mentoring high school graduates interested in finding out more about careers in investment management.

Targets for the future

  • Ensure the funds that we manage appreciate the importance of diversity and inclusion in their teams and investee companies.
  • Run diversity training for our fund management clients.
  • Encourage the entire team to participate in community service initiatives.
  • Formalise our mentoring scheme to enable us to reach potential candidates who have not historically been represented in the sector.
  • Achieve gender parity in senior management.
  • Link pay to delivery against internal diversity targets.
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Women in Finance Charter

As a signatory of the Women in Finance Charter, we have made an ongoing commitment to maintaining gender parity at senior management level. We also strive to maintain a level of at least 50% of women in our team.

With over 370 company signatories the Charter is covering c.900,000 employees in the financial services sector. It not only makes signatories commit and evidence actions, but also provides insights into what we are doing to drive progress towards achieving change. 

The Charter's principles are to:

  • Support the progression of women into senior roles in the financial services sector;

  • Identify one member of the senior executive team who is responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion;

  • Recognise the diversity of the sector and that firms will have different starting points – each firm sets its own targets and strategy ; and

  • Publicly report on progress to deliver against these internal targets to support the transparency and accountability needed to drive change.

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