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Sallyann Brookes
Monday, March 8, 2021

Celebrating International Women's Day

In my job as Chief People Officer at 10x, I want our people to thrive and feel empowered in a diverse, inclusive and supportive culture - where talented people are encouraged to be the best version of themselves, can develop and grow and have a real sense of wellbeing.

We are on a journey.

Creating and maintaining an environment where employees feel able to speak out and challenge, celebrate achievements and promote diversity and inclusivity is a critical part of our journey and why we’re highlighting International Women’s Day and #choosetochallenge.

It’s another opportunity for us to encourage everyone to take action against gender bias and advocate equality. It reflects a programme of work that we have been building as part of both our People plan and our Impact Agenda, working with Amanda Jenkins, our Co-Founder, Chief Impact Officer and Head of Inclusivity.

Diversity is a focus for us and during 2020 we made real progress in making sure people can challenge and make their voices heard through the voluntary and employee-led Culture Action Team and an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee with volunteer members from across 10x.  These are underpinned by executive sponsorship and through networks in 10x such as the 10x Women’s Network, the Black Professionals Group and the 10x Pride, LGBT+ network. We’ve being doing a lot with awareness raising, anniversary events and speaker programmes.

Over recent weeks we’ve run events with internal and external role models sharing personal reflections and challenging us on our journeys.

To celebrate IWD, Antony Jenkins, 10x’s Executive Chair and Co-Founder, and some of our senior leaders are hosting a zoom-fireside chat on the #choosetochallenge theme with a discussion and Q&A for our employees.

We know that our efforts must continue beyond International Women’s Day itself.

That’s why we are proud to be involved with a number of influential corporate networks including: Women on the Wharf, Women in Finance, Wagora - a network focused on connecting women in technology, and Heart of the City. More partnerships working to connect women in technology are coming.

We’re continuing to challenge our diversity mix. Our gender split between female and male staff is currently 22%:78% and that is something we continue to actively work on this year to improve the balance. Our current gender pay gap is below 8% and narrowing.

We’ve reframed our approach to recruitment too. There has been a greater emphasis on how we recruit talent through our networks and with agencies that are active promoters of diversity. Amid this, we have also invested time with our teams and recruiters to help address unconscious bias and to show how our behaviours and values speak to what we mean when we are talking about what is it like to work at 10x.

Operating in an industry with a lack of female representation, it’s essential that we are doing our part to recognise, acknowledge and applaud the women in and beyond technology and finance today, and every day.​

When 10x was founded in 2016, we were driven by a belief that whatever we do as a business has to be done in the right way. Our three core values amid this - Transformation, Integrity and Impact, - are fundamental to our approach. As I noted earlier, we are on a journey.

Happy IWD and let’s #choosetochallenge and make a difference now and into the future.

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