We are an international company with a highly diverse global footprint. Diversity, is at our core and inclusion defines our culture. Our people are empowered to maximize their potential in an environment where all individuals are respected and encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work.
This culture drives us to innovate and provide industry-leading solutions that power better investment decisions. Increasing our diversity expands our talent pool which helps accelerate innovation in all we do.
We are dedicated to hiring and promoting qualified candidates who have been historically underrepresented in our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, and those in the LGBT+ community.
Sales Talent Acceleration Program
We were pleased to launch our first Coverage Talent Acceleration Program in November 2020, with eight new colleagues starting across New York, London, Milan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
We had an engaging and thorough first week planned for them which was full of senior speakers, ERG introductions, training sessions and interactive case studies, where our new colleagues gained an understanding of our structure and strategy, alongside our values and beliefs.
Following their orientation week, they will begin a 12-month development journey with a 3-month rotation each in ESG, Real Estate, Analytics and Index Coverage teams, complemented by product and professional skills training.
All our new colleagues will be supported by mentors and buddies and will get unique opportunities to meet with our senior leaders, as we lay the foundations for a long and successful career with us. We believe this program will also help us to develop a diverse pool of talent across the organization. We believe this program will also help us to develop a diverse pool of talent across the organization.
Partnering with Rare and 100 Black Interns
Rare, founded in 2005, helps over 10,000 diverse candidates access elite professions throughout their network with 80 prestigious organizations. In early 2021 we plan to run a London internship for 100% diverse talent.
100 Black Interns, which launched in August 2020, has brought together UK investment management firms to provide front-office internships opportunities to young, educated Black people trying to break into the city. Currently 200 companies, including us, have committed to offer a paid internship for 2021.
We aim to address the chronic underrepresentation of diverse talent in British financial institutions and move towards action to creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace for current and future employees.
For more information about Diversity and Inclusion related efforts, visit our Social Responsibility page.
Celebrating UK Black History Month
In celebration of UK Black History Month, MSCI had several events including a panel discussion organized by the Black Leadership Network, featuring historian David Olusoga. David is a BAFTA winning presenter and producer, best-selling author, and professor of Public History at University of Manchester. Participants included Henry Fernandez, our founder and CEO, board member Marcus Smith, and other senior executives from the Black Leadership Network and Executive Committee. Panelists discussed the need for action leading to measurable change, and how history has impacted today´s perspective regarding the Black community.
Throughout the month, we held additional events such as an Internal Pub Team Quiz where questions encompassed topics of Black culture and history and a joint panel discussion on bringing your authentic self to work. The last event of the month was a book discussion with Minda Hharts, author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table.
We are proud to work in an inclusive company and invite you to be part of our journey. For more information about Diversity and Inclusion related efforts, visit our Social Responsibility page.
Fireside chat for the Latinos in Finance 12th Annual Finance Bootcamp
In September, our CEO Henry Fernandez joined the Latinos in Finance organization for a fireside chat at their 12th annual Finance Bootcamp. The LIF Bootcamp educates college and high school students on the various careers and opportunities in the finance industry and expands the pipeline of Latino professionals. Henry talked about his journey to become CEO of MSCI, specifically his experience as a Latino in the finance industry, the actions we are taking to address diversity and inclusion, and answered questions from participants.
We're honored that our founder and CEO played a part in this critical initiative and look forward to further partnership with Latinos in Finance in the future.