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Diversity & Inclusion

Building a collaborative culture

We believe there's room at the table for everyone's ideas. That's why we celebrate diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds—because a true idea exchange fosters richer conversations and more innovative solutions. And, we work hard to build a culture where everyone's voice is valued, respected and heard.

A more diverse perspective

How do we design compelling investment solutions? We build our teams with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences—applauding the idea-challengers who dare to look at things differently.

"Diversity & Inclusion is about creating a culture that ensures everyone gets the support and resources they need to be successful in our organization."

Melda Mergen

Deputy Global Head of Equities
Co-chair, North America Diversity & Inclusion Group
[She, Her, Hers]

Melda Mergen

Our Commitment

RECRUITMENT


Source and recruit diverse candidates at all levels of the organization.

ADVOCACY


Help drive meaningful change through proactive engagement within the community and industry.

ACCOUNTABILITY


Evolve our management training programs to embed clear accountability for diversity and inclusion.

DEVELOPMENT &
LEADERSHIP


Continue to evolve programs to develop and retain talented under-represented employees.

Fostering a diverse and inclusive culture

Every support channel is critical to building a diverse and inclusive culture. That's why we make sure our employees have access to a range of programs that provide the resources they need to feel supported and empowered to pursue successful careers. Some of our programs include:

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Network

Women's Interest Network

Black Employee Network

Veterans Employee Network

Abilities Network

Asian American Employee Network

Hispanics, Latinos and Amigos Network

Family & Life Stages

View full list of programs (PDF)

Invested in our teams—and our communities

We believe that building an inclusive culture extends beyond the walls of our firm and into the communities we live and serve. That's why we support various programs and initiatives that foster deeper community connection and opportunities for others' success.

The Posse Foundation

Partners since 2016, we actively support Posse's mission to ensure the leaders of the 21st century reflect the country's rich demographic mix through high school and college-led programs that train and develop small, diverse groups of talented students.

The Boston Triathlon

We're proud to sponsor Boston's only triathlon, which brings together athletes of all ages and abilities from around the globe, while raising funds for Boston Medical Center's programs and services squarely focused on eradicating the inequities deeply affecting people's lives and health.

Pine Street Inn

We proudly support this local institution that provides comprehensive programs and services including housing, emergency services and workforce development to nearly 2,000 men and women every day.

Dare2tri

We proudly sponsor Dare2tri and its mission to enhance the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments by building confidence, community, health and wellness through triathlons.

Where we are today

Building a diverse and inclusive culture is about more than numbers, but they help us tell a story about progress and our commitment to making a difference you can see.

56%

Women directors on
Columbia Funds Complex Mutual Fund Boards

38%

Women employees

18%

People of color employees

Fund Boards data as of January 1, 2021. Employee data as of December 31, 2020.

Columbia Threadneedle Investments North America workforce diversity

  % WOMEN % PEOPLE OF COLOR
Business management committee 24% 3%
Senior management 18% 10%
Investment professionals 26% 21%
Total employees 38% 18%

Data as of December 31, 2020. People of color, U.S. only, includes people who identify as racially and ethnically diverse based on U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) classifications: Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian, Native American or Alaska Native and two or more races. Senior Management includes Columbia Threadneedle officers and senior investment leaders. Investment professionals exclude administrative roles.