Diversity & Inclusion Hub
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different in terms of age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin.
It’s also about an organisation’s efforts and practices to ensure people from different backgrounds will be culturally and socially accepted, welcomed, and treated equally.
D&I plays an important role in providing a positive working environment that will enable innovation in any financial institution, company, bank or start-up. Although the fintech industry is rapidly rising in opportunities and growth, its D&I implementation and action is moving at a snail’s pace.
FinTech Futures has collated some of our most insightful content that focuses on promoting D&I across gender, race, religion, disability (both mental and physical) and LGBT+ rights.
Click on the features, magazines, news, podcasts, videos and webinars below for more!
Interested in contributing to our D&I Hub or have some ideas for us? Please get in touch with Paul Hindle, FinTech Futures’ Editor.
What we don’t dare talk about
The financial services industry and society in general needs to do more to support women going through the menopause.
You’ve checked the DEI box. Now what?
To truly transform is to have DEI values infused in the DNA of your company.
Demystify Podcast: Payments, the planet & equality with Monika Liikamaa, co-founder of Enfuce
Enfuce's Monika Liikamaa helps demystify why and how the payments industry can help with the climate agenda.
What the FinTech? | S.4 Episode 8 | The future of open banking in the UK
In this episode of the podcast, we’re joined by OBIE chair and trustee Marion King.
Between us girls
Diversity is not a concession. Be mindful of your language and your actions.
Green fintechs are redefining gender representation in finance
As more women move into sustainable roles, the green economy can grow along with female representation.
Diversity of socks is our future
Awareness does not always translate into action, unfortunately. It’s intention that we need.
Women in fintech drive the lending industry’s digital transformation
As banking goes increasingly digital, many women fintech leaders are in the vanguard of this evolution.
Actions not words
It’s fitting that this year’s theme for Black History Month is “Time for change: actions not words”.
Attracting and retaining diverse talent in male-dominated industries
Firms should look to put processes in place that improve company culture and reduce bias.
A witch hunt after all
Championing diversity and inclusion should be everyone's responsibility.
Skilling initiatives pivotal for the growth of women nanopreneurs in rural India
Skilling initiatives can bring rural women in India into the financial system.
Women in finance – where are they?
Why is the financial sector still failing to attract talented women in 2022?
Fintechs need to take the lead on mental health
Fintech firms cannot disregard the risk of poor mental health among their workforce as ‘just part of the role’.
Developing an inclusive culture in fintech
When you invite diversity into your organisation, you’re inviting innovation and creativity.
Never having to be “the only”: the importance of representation in fintech
Representation is imperative for business success, and the fintech industry still has strides to make.
For women in fintech, sponsorship is key
Sponsors go beyond that and take direct interest in seeing that their protégé achieves career advancement.
Oraan CEO: Women in finance weren’t welcomed in Pakistan
Oraan’s research found that savings – particularly for women – just wasn’t tapped into.
How the financial technology sector can correct its gender imbalance
As fintech continues its rapid growth, gender imbalance remains a prominent industry issue.
Sheroes Money is banking on India’s female entrepreneurs
India is home to just two self-made female billionaires.
How Welcome Tech is working to drive financial inclusion for immigrants in the US
FinTech Futures speaks to Amir Hemmat, co-founder and CEO of Welcome Tech.
A history lesson: what’s holding fintech back?
When boardrooms and C-suites represent the rich diversity of the broader population, companies perform better.
Payments for good – promoting financial inclusion
Vijay Oddiraju, CEO of Volante Technologies, looks at ways the payments industry can provide the rails for...
How fintech can help women and girls solve the climate crisis
If you want to help save the planet, gender equality should be at the heart of climate action.
If we truly value diversity, fintech needs to do much more
For all its forward-thinking and future-proofing, fintech is struggling when it comes to diversity and inclusion.
How can female leaders in fintech pave the way for the next generation of women?
Fintechs must create road maps for the next generation of women in this industry to follow.
I am an immigrant
I was asked recently in an interview what I mean when I describe myself as an immigrant. Let's discuss.
Biometric bias in the transgender and non-binary community
Organisations have a responsibility to recognise bias in their technologies and work to adapt models.
Banking for mental health
For traditional banks, there is clearly more that can be done to help those suffering from mental health issues.
Does the fintech industry have a drinking problem?
To create an inclusive workplace, you should cater to the needs of all employees.
Clearco CGO: “Talent and ambition exist everywhere, but opportunity does not”
FinTech Futures speaks with Clearco's Ruma Bose and Sarah Clark to discuss democratising access to funding.
Fintech is facing diversity challenges – but there are reasons to be optimistic
There’s work to be done on forging greater equality in fintech, but there has been some progress.
ChangeFi CEO: “We have to be on the ground with our communities”
ChangeFi is looking to give "equal access to the American dream".
I bet you say that to all the girls
There should be parity in the workplace. But we are a long, long way from it.
Let’s talk about sex (as in gender), baby!
Women and men seem to differ in their attitudes to banks and banking products and services.
It’s a matter of comms | Episode 6 | DEI
In this #itsamatterofcomms vlog, we discuss how D&I is incorporated within ESG reporting and initiatives.
Women in finance: an economic case for gender equality
Greater inclusion of women across financial services would have benefits beyond addressing gender inequality.
The thing about diversity
We live in highly diverse societies. We work in highly non-diverse industries.
D&I: How to go from words to action
Three main learnings, applicable for any fintech planning to formulate a D&I strategy.
Fair CMO Toni Harrison: Oppressors can’t be the underbanked’s saviours
Instead of shrinking, the racial wealth gap has only continued to swell and expand.
Women in fintech: Clipped wings, part-time stigma & ignorant assumptions
Women highlight gender bias in the financial services workplace.
Women in fintech: “Aggressive” feedback, revealing audits and dress up comments
Women in fintech share their experiences of gender bias.
Women in fintech: Skewed numbers, vain assumptions, and investor bias
FinTech Futures has gathered insights from women across the global fintech industry.
Why do women still think they need to be palatable?
Lack of attention to certain stories inflicts grave damage on how marginalised people tell theirs.
Banking Technology March 2021 issue out now
Creating communities: celebrating women in fintech this Women's History Month
Top 10 Women in Fintech Power List 2020
We bring you a shortlist of ten women in – or investing in – fintech.
The power of the collective
Martha Mghendi-Fisher is creating a community – a tribe – for women in the financial services industry.
Breaking down walls
FinTech Futures took this somber moment to sit with Keisha Bell at DTCC.
Engage, empower and advance: Black voices in venture capital
Co-founder of BLCK VC and Storm Ventures associate, Frederik Groce, is on a mission.
Young Black lives in banking
The number of senior Black execs on Wall Street has remained under 3% for the past decade.
Being black in the financial services industry
"Bank accounts were just not something you could attain with black skin".
Sticking their necks out
Until now, no established, Black-owned, UK-founded bank has existed.
Banking Technology October 2020 issue out now
Educate, advocate, invest: It’s not enough for companies to pay lip service.
A sector ready for change
The Black community has been fighting for change for many years, often falling on deaf ears.
Taking chances: An interview with Chuka Ikele, legal counsel at CrossLend
Drawing connections between the correlation of law and finance.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach in the ongoing fight for greater diversity
We should never lose sight of the 'why' that lies behind the lack of diversity in British businesses.
Community spirit: Reminiscing on the halcyon days of the bank branch
"I had to find out how to best serve people and customers at a community level."
Gay is for life, not just for June
Fintech firms can and must do more.
Why fintech needs more mentors
Mentorship, in its many forms, is a powerful force.
Creating communities on International Women’s Day
Stephanie Clarke, SVP at Broadridge, shares her insights on IWD.
How women can lead the diversity movement in the fintech/payments industry
Estimates put the percentage of women working in computing-related occupations at a measly 26%. Time to change that!
“Pale, male and stale” tag still dogs financial services industry
Three steps to break the cycle and achieve genuine diversity and inclusion.
“The #WomenInFinTech movement is critical to create positive change”
Shruthi Rao of Adapt Ready tells InsurTech Rising about her journey in fintech.
Representation matters, for all of us. Represent what is possible, but above all, what is desirable.
The pursuit for equality
I decided I wanted to play a part in empowering women and other underrepresented individuals.
Opportunity cost and the gender pay gap: the market value of decency
It's not about women or money. It's about what hiring and rewarding with integrity does for your business.
Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable: How fintechs can go from words to action
Charitable D&I initiative Fintech Finishers joined forces with Captec, Revolut, Mouro Capital and Divido.
Fintech execs race towards workplace diversity
Divido's Christer Holloman launches Fintech Finishers to raise D&I awareness.
Barclays gets 198 applications for Black founder tech accelerator
"I recognised there was more that we could do, and my employer completely backed me."
EXCLUSIVE: Neobank First Boulevard launching next year to target Black America
CEO and founder, Donald Hawkins, tells FinTech Futures about the process of the name change.
Meet Mitigram, the female-founded fintech backed by a female-led VC
Mitigram is a global trade finance platform designed for exporters, traders and banks.
Can financial technology help reduce inequality?
Decisions made by algorithms can have a detrimental effect on people’s lives.
KYC: a revolution towards positive change
I realise I had to work twice as hard to break through some of the glass barriers, perceptions and biases.
What kind of workplace ally are you?
Allyship means valuing people with different experiences from your own.
All things equal
Understanding where the industry stands at present in terms of the gender gap is essential to trying to address it.
Fintech’s diversity performance last year and predictions for 2020
A digital approach to inclusion training can help fintechs with smaller budgets.
Our top women in fintech and banking 2019 short list
A short-list of rising stars and household names in banking and fintech.
Disruption through diversity and empowerment
"Be bold. You have earned it. More importantly, if you don’t value yourself, how can you demonstrate it to others?"
How to shift gender balance in fintech
More than a third of fintechs in our sample did not have a single woman on their board.
International Women’s Day: a great time to reflect on progress, but there’s still a long way to go
A look at initiatives that help a better work/life balance - and assist women to get to the most senior roles.
Pressing for progress for women in finance
We are finding a remarkable determination to reject the status quo and to press for progress.
Seven strategies to crush your self-doubt and take the driver’s seat in your STEM career
It is key women recognise they hold much more power than they think they do.
Liberis bags $112m in debt financing to fuel expansion in North America and Europe
Liberis plans to go live in Canada, Germany and Poland in 2024.
IDB Invest and IFC team up to launch the Amazon Finance Network
The global network aims to boost the economic development of the Amazon region.
UAE fintech start-up Flow48 lands $25m pre-Series A funding
Founded in 2022 by Idriss Al Rifai, Flow48 provides revenue-based financing to SMEs.
Orange launches super-app Max it in Africa
The app will debut in Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Botswana.
Mashreq taps Visa and Ecolytiq to launch climate banking platform
The platform uses transaction data to produce carbon footprint analytics.
Fils launches as digital ESG infrastructure for payments sector
Founder Nameer Khan describes his latest venture as “a catalyst for the evolution of ESG enforcement”.
Egypt’s KashNow partners Sandah to provide small businesses with access to financing
Small businesses will now be able to submit loan applications through the KashNow app.
Global enforcement fines rise to $5.65bn in Q3 2023
The first two quarters of this year saw global enforcement fines amount to $1.5bn and $2.27bn, respectively.
OakNorth taps Coconut founder Sam O’Connor to lead business banking unit
O’Connor joined the bank five months ago following GoSimpleTax’s acquisition of Coconut.
UK challenger bank OakNorth launches new business banking offering
OakNorth’s new product is currently in a phased beta, with businesses being invited to sign up to a waitlist.