An inclusive organisation

Equal opportunities

The Group is an equal opportunities employer. It is our policy that no job applicant, employee or customer representative will receive less favourable treatment because of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or religion. The aim of this policy is to ensure that recruitment and progression opportunities are open to all and are based purely on merit, with all employees having the same access to training and career development.

Gender and diversity

The overall gender balance across the Group is 80% female. This reflects our large and unique customer representative workforce who are predominantly female and mirror the demographics of our largely female customer base.

The gender split of our employed workforce is set out in the chart below. The proportion of female senior management including direct reports was 31% in 2022. At 31 December 2022, the Board comprised 43% female members, meeting the Parker Review standard. 

There are also more than half of the non-executive directors sitting on our Board are women. 

A diverse senior leadership team:

Case studies

Women’s development programme

The first women’s development programme in Mexico, ‘The Power of Women’, was launched. 110 participants undertook developmental training and learning experiences focused on self-awareness, discipline to grow and openness to change through self-learning. 

Understanding potential barriers 

In Poland, a survey among female colleagues was undertaken to better understand the motivations and barriers to women’s development and promotion. This led to the creation of a programme to help female colleagues discover their strengths and apply for more senior roles.

New gender-focused recruitment practices 

In Mexico, our recruitment process now requires that at least one female should be considered in the selection process for all vacant positions. This led to material improvements in leadership gender balance, with the ratio of women to men in management positions improving year on year by 11 percentage points to 47%. We plan to share this best practice across the IPF Group.

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