Women in Finance Charter

As a company, Unum is committed to championing the perspectives of the people who engage with our company every day. We see this as a responsibility shared with each and every member of our organisation.

Women in finance

Signing up to the Women in Finance Charter in 2016 displays our commitment to building an inclusive culture to benefit us — both now and in the future.

Our key targets:

  • 35% of our executives should be women by the end of 2021
  • 40% of our senior management level (internal L15+) staff should be women by the end of 2021

As we approach our first milestone in December 2021, we have confidence that we’ll be able to meet our target.

Our Women in Finance journey so far…

Female talent in the total UK workforce53%55%55%56%
Female talent at senior management level (internal L15+)1.4%*37%36%40%

*Based on only ExCo level

What have we achieved since our 2020 submission?


A 1% increase in women in our total workforce


A 4% increase in women in senior management positions


A 10% increase in women on our Executive team

Women in leadership role

How we have made progress…

We spent the last 12 months exploring how to adapt our business practices following the pandemic to ensure we remain a successful business and serve our customers when they need us most. Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) has been a big part of this and we’ve recently introduced two new roles into Unum UK to focus on driving our I&D strategy to be even more inclusive moving forward. 

The future of work has been a big topic for most organisations. At Unum, we’ve ensured our approach continues to promote a healthy work/life balance and an environment where collaboration is key.

We have introduced a new structure that ensures I&D is at the heart of the business and have worked closely with our global I&D team to develop a data driven strategy based around the demographic makeup of our workforce.

Not only have we provided development to our existing Exco members, but we have also launched a new leadership programme to help support the talent pipeline coming up through our leadership team. When we select our recruitment suppliers, we rate them on how they demonstrate the ability to provide us with diverse and balanced shortlists.

We are excited to continue the great work in 2022 and deliver on our new I&D strategy. We will be setting a new Women in Finance target that stretches us even more to drive a successful and inclusive culture for the benefit of the entire business and to produce an environment in which everyone can thrive.

Any questions?

Please contact Sara Bell, our Head of Talent, Diversity and Development.

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