Diversity Champion Finalist
Asset manager Year founded:2007 Employees:360
In late 2016, FS Investments established its Inclusion Council to assess policies and procedures, facilitate unconscious bias training, and support employee resources groups such as women’s and veterans’ networks. The 18-month process started organically, with informal conversations across the firm with colleagues at differing levels. The organizers composed a list of goals, which they communicated to the entire firm.
The Council hosts guest speakers on diversity topics, and will be launching a quarterly e-newsletter.
“We believe our continued success depends on harnessing the power of diverse skills, knowledge, experiences and backgrounds,” said Michael Forman, chairman and CEO.
The firm supports the Philadelphia community by increasing its engagement in charitable partnerships focused on inclusivity. Its marquee program, FS Financial Scholars, provides financial literacy education in classrooms at 11 high schools, an after-school entrepreneurship program and financial empowerment classes for parents and caretakers. For the after-school club, FS Investments staff members volunteer to help students incubate ideas. This past year, a competition was held, inviting business pitches in a "Shark Tank" style contest.
Contact Mollie Applegate, corporate communications associate, at email@example.com to learn more about the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives.
— Vanessa Drucker