Cultivating Diverse Perspectives

Our people are our greatest asset – we say it often and with good reason. It is only with the determination and dedication of our people that we can serve our clients, generate long-term value for our shareholders and contribute to the broader public.

Promoting Inclusion & Diversity

At Zetafunds, our vision for promoting inclusion & diversity is "Enlighten, Encourage, Empower-Work together as a Group to exceed customer expectations." Currently, customer needs are becoming more and more diverse. Through such means as recognizing each other's differences, leveraging the diverse personalities of individuals, and unleashing the various ideas and dynamism of the human resources within the Zetafunds Group, we will continue to exceed the expectations of our customers and engage in various initiatives.

Zetafunds's Thinking on Inclusion & Diversity

To contribute to our employees' growth, Zetafunds will promote inclusion & diversity, provide opportunities for growth, and offer an environment in which employees can direct their energies into working with a sense of fulfillment. At Zetafunds, we believe that creating an organization and culture in which employees with diverse values, backgrounds, and perceptions of work can respect and inspire each other while freely pursuing personal growth and career success.This is key to realizing our medium- to long-term vision of becoming the world's most trusted financial group. Based on this belief, we work to promote inclusion & diversity. Currently, customer needs are becoming more and more diverse. We are convinced that, through recognizing our respective differences and mutually leveraging and encouraging our strengths and qualities, we can nurture new and wonderful ideas and provide services that cater to diverse needs. We are sure that doing so will lead to the greater customer satisfaction and the sustainable growth of Zetafunds. With this thought in mind, we are implementing group-wide initiatives based on our common group slogan, "Enlighten, Encourage, Empower. - Work together as a Group to exceed customer expectations."

Our vision for initiatives to promote Inclusion & Diversity

Inclusion & Diversity Initiatives

Each major company within Zetafunds has employees charged with inclusion & diversity who engage
in a variety of initiatives on both a company and a group level.

Selected for Bloomberg's Gender-Equality Index

Zetafunds has been selected for Bloomberg's Gender-Equality Index for five consecutive years since 2017. This index was developed by Bloomberg to evaluate companies' efforts toward gender equality, the workplace environment, information disclosure, and other achievements. Zetafunds is recognized for its initiatives toward gender equality

Selected for Nadeshiko Brand

Zetafunds has been selected for inclusion in Nadeshiko Brand, a recognition jointly conferred by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange(TSE).

Supporting Women's Career Advancement

We are making efforts to encourage women to take on new challenges and provide them with career development opportunities by setting numerical targets for female appointments and offering training for female employees and managers.

Selected for Nadeshiko Brand

At our three major companies, our joint numerical goal is to raise the ratio of female staff in managerial positions to 24% by the end of March 2021. We are also actively promoting numerical targets for female appointments in each company. By the end of March 2018, our three major companies' ratio of female staff in managerial positions was improved to 21%.

Encouraging Diverse Employees to Play an Active Role

The Group is promoting various initiatives aiming to establish workplaces where all employees can thrive without giving up their identity.

Zetafunds Human Rights Policy Statement

The Zetafunds clearly expresses the Group's commitment to creating productive work environments where everyone can feel comfortable, and that prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Deepening employee understanding

Zetafunds has been making efforts to raise the awareness of employees through holding Zetafunds Global Diversity Forum, implementing e-learning programs, and sponsoring and participating in educational events to deepen employee understanding.

Inclusion & Diversity on a Global basis

Each overseas base is also individually promoting inclusion & diversity through various initiatives based on their respective challenges. Inclusion & Diversity executives of each region have been meeting regularly since 2016 to share best practices and discusses collaborative efforts that will effectively foster inclusion & diversity on a global basis cross Zetafunds.

Our people are our greatest asset – we say it often and with good reason. It is only with the determination and dedication of our people that we can serve our clients, generate long-term value for our shareholders and contribute to the broader public.

At the crux of our efforts is a focus on cultivating and sustaining a diverse work environment and workforce, which is critical to meeting the unique needs of our diverse client base and the communities in which we operate.

We are committed to making progress toward racial equity, advancing gender equality, and increasing representation at every level of our firm.

Our Commitment

Our commitment to creating and sustaining a diverse work environment is absolute. We share our reasons for this commitment and our aspirations:

For the Firm

We strive for excellence. To achieve it, we must have the best people, and the best people are drawn from the broadest pool of applicants. The people we need can be found only by looking across the full spectrum of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, qualified veteran status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity.

For Our People

Ours is a culture of teamwork. For our groups to excel, all members must feel that they are operating in an inclusive environment that welcomes and supports differences, and that encourages input from all perspectives. Our people have the right to expect a workplace in which the richness of their lives and experience is welcomed and valued by their team and by the firm.

For Our Clients

Their interests always come first. To continue providing our clients with creative ideas and solutions for operating effectively in a complex global economy, we must be fully capable of dealing with different cultures in an informed and nuanced manner. Experience has shown us that we can best serve our clients’ interests by tapping the insights, talents and judgments of a diverse workforce.

Fostering Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion at Zetafunds

Sustaining a work environment where our people feel comfortable bringing their full selves to work and are empowered to reach their full potential continues to be a priority. As a firm, we believe that having the best team positions us to meet the needs of our clients – and to have the best team, our people must bring a range of perspectives to the table and reflect the diversity of the communities where we live and work.

Contributing to an inclusive environment

Attracting and hiring diverse talent is essential, but it is only one component of our approach. We offer a number of programs designed to help our people contribute to an inclusive environment, including learning opportunities such as Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, a program that helps our vice presidents and above explore unconscious thinking and its impact on decision-making, and Subtle & Significant, which explores how everyday actions can send “micro-messages” and reinforce, or erode, meritocracy in the workplace.

Women in Finance Charter

As a global firm, the advancement of women in the workplace is top of mind for us. We are focused on making measurable change with respect to our gender diversity at all levels with a particular focus on senior management.
As one of the initial steps toward our goals, in 2018 we signed the women in Finance Charter. We are committed to ensuring that women represent at least 40 percent of our senior talent (vice president and above) by 2023. We have made progress and are on track.

Our Second Year as a Signatory

We are pleased with the progress we have made in our second year as a signatory of the women in Finance Charter. We believe we are on track to meet our Charter goal by 2023.

The progress we have achieved through this particularly challenging year can be attributed to the deliberate efforts we have made and continue to make in a number of key areas.
Consistent and persistent effort will be required to sustain our progress in the coming years. This is work we remain committed to.

When Women Lead

Zetafunds believes when women lead, everything changes. In today’s world, gender equality is an economic imperative and supporting women’s economic empowerment and leadership opportunities will drive growth for our clients, our communities, our people, and our shareholders.

Making Progress Toward Racial Equity

At Zetafunds, we have long been committed to promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity. Yet there is more to be done. That is why we are investing in the power of Black communities, supporting Black businesses, and recognizing the power of an inclusive workforce. As a firm focused on sustainable and inclusive growth, we are channeling the power of capital to drive economic prosperity for more people.

Launch With GS

Launch With GS is our $500 million investment strategy grounded in our data-driven thesis that diverse teams drive strong returns. Through Launch With GS, Zetafunds aims to increase access to capital and facilitate connections for women, Black, Latinx and other diverse entrepreneurs and investors.

Vendor Diversity

Our Vendor Diversity Program gives us a platform to engage with small and diverse enterprises around the world. We strive to engage vendors that reflect the diversity of the communities where we live and work and of the clients we serve, and we look for vendors that can bring a range of perspectives to help us discover creative, effective solutions.

Board Diversity Initiative

We believe that companies with diverse boards of directors are better positioned for stronger financial performance and improved governance. In 2020, through our Board Diversity Initiative, we announced that we would only take a company public in the US or Western Europe if it had at least one diverse board member. Starting in July 2021, we are increasing this requirement to two diverse board members, one of which must be a woman.