Barbara Bernstein (Chief HR Officer, Magnetar Capital) and Amanda Cherry (Director of HR, Aspect Capital) discuss measuring and evidencing the culture of a firm - a difficult concept that many alternative investment firms are currently grappling with. Also covered is the shifting cultural focuses due to the pandemic, and some practical tips on forming an inclusive culture in the workplace.
Many allocators are now looking to increase the diversity of their portfolios. This report explains practical steps that allocators can take to enhance their manager sourcing and selection processes and improve the levels of diversity in their external investments.
In August 2022, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued its Dear CEO letter setting out its Alternatives Supervisory Strategy. This letter touched on several issues that are at the core of our mission here at the SBAI, including risk management, culture and responsible investment.
In this article, we discuss some of the points raised by the FCA and where we can be helpful to firms reviewing their processes and controls following on from this letter.
Diversity metrics are a great tool for institutional allocators to both understand and benchmark the diversity of their portfolios, but over reliance on this type of measurement may mean we are losing track of what we are really trying to measure – promotion of culture diversity within the industry. In this article, we discuss how allocators can look beyond the metrics.