19 October, 2021 (Hong Kong) - The Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA), the region’s leading financial industry group, and Egon Zehnder, the world’s preeminent leadership advisory firm, today launched the results of their survey “ASIFMA-Egon Zehnder Diagnostic 20201 Diversity and Inclusion Ambitions and Practices in APAC”. The survey was conducted in May to June 2021 among both buy and sell-side member firms of ASIFMA and covering 13 markets in Asia. The respondent firms represent over USD 646.9 billion in market capitalization and over 246,748 employees in Asia with global headquarters in the US, Europe and APAC.
“We are excited to share these results as this is really a first-of-its-kind diversity survey for the region,” said Mark Austen, CEO of ASIFMA. “We went beyond gender diversity to deliver a comprehensive, regional survey on D&I practice and ambition to set the baseline for the capital markets industry and build the foundation for a practical road map ahead.”
“It is reassuring to see that D&I is top priority for the C-Suite and we were encouraged to see that the respondent firms are advanced in their D&I journeys. However, it is generally agreed that there are still some significant areas to address,” added Benno Jaeggi, Consultant at Egon Zehnder. “Respondent firms still have work to do in order to achieve set gender targets, there is recognition that other forms of diversity beyond gender need a lot more focus, and more traction on diversity needs to be achieved with suppliers, clients and the broader community at large.”
The survey also revealed that there are key commonalities among best practices, such as the authenticity of firm’s programs, the need for a regional D&I leader, accountability of business leaders including the CEO, and clear strategies underpinned with specific targets.
“It is important to note from this survey that the top challenges faced are linked to social culture and this is best tackled collectively, establishing industry best practices and targeted initiatives to address the identified gaps,” added Mr Jaeggi.
“With that very much in mind, ASIFMA will be focusing on a number of industry initiatives to drive change around the issues identified through our survey,” said Mr Austen. “Some of the key initiatives we are considering include best practices guidelines, advocacy to accelerate the D&I agenda and specific issues, and industry pledges.”
ASIFMA is an independent, regional trade association with over 150 member firms comprising a diverse range of leading financial institutions from both the buy and sell side, including banks, asset managers, law firms and market infrastructure service providers. Together, we harness the shared interests of the financial industry to promote the development of liquid, deep and broad capital markets in Asia. ASIFMA advocates stable, innovative, and competitive Asian capital markets that are necessary to support the region’s economic growth. We drive consensus, advocate solutions and effect change around key issues through the collective strength and clarity of one industry voice. Our many initiatives include consultations with regulators and exchanges, development of uniform industry standards, advocacy for enhanced markets through policy papers, and lowering the cost of doing business in the region. Through the GFMA alliance with SIFMA in the United States and AFME in Europe, ASIFMA also provides insights on global best practices and standards to benefit the region. More information about ASIFMA can be found at: www.asifma.org.
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