Sunday, March 8 was International Women's Day. To reflect on what this day means to us and our company's mission, we asked a few of our team members to put the meaning of International Women's Day into their own words. Here's what they had to say.
For International Women’s Day, I want to take a moment for gratitude (as we so often do at Ethic)! Gratitude that I get to come into work every day to Ethic: a firm that pays me fairly, treats my opinion equally, promotes women into management roles, and, most importantly, that our efforts are directly working toward achieving the same for other women worldwide.
I’m extremely proud of the fact that our 28 person team has an equal number of men and women — it feels like a crack in the glass ceiling of both the tech and financial services industries.
I’m proud of our unique approach to creating sustainability portfolios by not only supporting women in leadership, but supporting women throughout an organization and the world in which we all live in.
Whenever I tell people about Ethic, I always mention two things. The first is that we’re making the world more sustainable by cleaning up portfolios, and the second is that we employ an equal number of men and women. I just feel so proud of that fact that the composition of the company reflects what the world actually looks like, I’m always compelled to mention it. It feels so bonkers that that still feels like a big accomplishment, but unfortunately it still is. Having a diverse workforce is just so engaging, interesting and inspiring because you’re constantly encountering different perspectives. I feel so lucky that I work for a company whose principles I can believe in.
I’m the lucky dad of two young girls. Each day when I wake up I’m fighting for their future. Ethic is the spark the industry needs to create a future where Charlotte and Ruthie can be exactly what they dream of.
Equality is easy if you just treat people equally.
One of my daughters asked what does 'Girls are the future' that was printed on her t-shirt means. Explaining the harsh reality of the world to a 5 year old was painful. "It doesn't make any sense," was her response. What we do at Ethic gives a new meaning not only to my professional life but also to my personal life in many levels.
Creativity, innovation, and continuous improvement are core to the way we operate as a team at Ethic. Each of these is enhanced in an environment that encourages and empowers all the varied voices, experiences, and perspectives our team brings fully to work everyday. That work environment is something I personally greatly value. We get to make that a reality everyday at Ethic, but also well beyond the walls of our office as we work to provide investors tools to assess and redeploy their investments based on issues that matter most to them.
Part of what I love about the way our team thinks about Women’s Rights is that we think through all the aspects of what makes women successful at work - including day care and flexible work options. One reason I love working at Ethic is that I get to work with an amazing group of (four!) accomplished women on the five person client solutions team!!
The wonderful part of working at Ethic is that when you have so many different people with different identities and perspectives you get to just be a person—my struggles and strengths are just part of who I am, not viewed in the context of my gender.
Working with a dynamic team feels energetic and engaging. It is amazing to be part of a team composed of accomplished and diverse group of women. Being an elder brother to a sister, Ethic is the kind of organization which, I believe, is creating a future that I would want for her.