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Diversity Equity & Inclusion

As a data-driven firm, we are convinced by the evidence that diversity leads to strength across all facets of our organization – resilient portfolios, more creative decision-making, a vibrant culture, and business success.

Our Commitment

We recognize the historical truth of inequity and are committed to a more equitable representation of the world we serve. Acadian’s commitment to DE&I is grounded in ambition, action, and accountability.  We understand where we are and where we need to go.

We are one of over 2,200 signatories of the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance DEI in the workplace. Our involvement in CEO Action is helping us cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, and where our people feel encouraged to discuss these issues. Together, we are making good on the inherent promise that all of our people should be able to bring their best selves to work and unleash their full potential.

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Acadian has signed on to the Boston Women’s Workforce Council’s 100% Talent Compact ("Compact"). The Compact is a first-in-the-nation, public/private partnership in which businesses pledge to take concrete, measurable steps to eliminate their wage gaps and report their progress and employee demographic and salary data anonymously every two years. Our longtime participation in the Compact helps us extend our own philosophy on equal pay beyond Acadian’s doors and into the community. The goal is to help all participants better understand the forces driving inequality in the workforce and to help the city develop strategies in response.

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DE&I efforts are most successful when there is an accountable governance structure in place. We have an active Diversity & Inclusion Forum with members from across all areas of the business that guides our approach, sets our overall strategy, and ensures we meet our goals.

 

A dedicated D&I Director role underscores our commitment to DE&I and ensures that we have a full-time person on our team moving this work forward on the ground level, keeping all parties focused on our goals, and thinking strategically about our future.

Talent

Acadian strives for a talented, diverse, collaborative, and balanced workplace where everyone can be themselves, contribute their unique talents to the success of the firm, and reach their professional development potential.

Leadership Goals

In order to ensure our goals are met, Acadian’s leaders have established a specific diverse representation goal for our leadership that we aspire to achieve over a five-year period. This means progress is always being made toward our organizational talent and other DE&I goals, and our leaders are held accountable through an annual evaluation process.

People

Valuable Internships

Diverse young talent is our future, and we offer pathways to success through valuable paid internship experiences.  At all times of year, interns from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines are working on meaningful projects with leaders across our firm. 

 

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People Bridge

Partnerships and Pipeline

We have cultivated productive partnerships with a number of organizations focused on recruiting, employee engagement, and internship opportunities. These include The Posse Foundation, ALPFA, AAAIM, UNCF Lighted Pathways, and CFA Institute Young Women in Investment.

We are joining industry leaders in taking a much-needed look at ourselves and how we represent the investors and communities we serve. Based on this reflection, we have sharpened our DEI focus to include more concrete action and measurable goals. I am committed to creating diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of our business and finding innovative ways to advance these goals in our industry.

Kelly Young
Kelly Young EVP, Chief Marketing Officer

Leading With Our Values

We value differing viewpoints and a collaborative process, ensuring all voices are heard and respected. DE&I is a strategic goal, and we believe that leveraging our broad talents and backgrounds is one of the keys to our success.

Firmwide

WORKFORCE DIVERSITY

35%

FEMALE

32%

RACIALLY/ETHNICALLY DIVERSE

30+

CULTURES

22%

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Awareness Programs

Acadian sponsors a Women’s Forum to raise awareness of gender issues in the workplace and in our industry and to offer education, networking opportunities, and the support of senior management to help promote leadership and advancement. Programming includes social events, leadership opportunities, community partnerships, external networking, and sponsorship of conferences such as the Massachusetts Conference for Women and the Simmons Leadership Conference. Co-CEO Ross Dowd currently serves as the Forum’s Executive Sponsor.

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Work and Life Balance

Our benefits package is comprehensive and progressive. We care deeply about our employees’ health and well-being and are aware that work is often only one priority in their lives. To that end, we offer flexibility in work schedule and arrangements. For parents, our birth/adoption and family/medical leave benefits put us among the most progressive firms in our industry.

Supplier Diversity

 

We actively work to partner with diverse vendors, focusing on minority, women, veteran, and disability-owned businesses.  We also assess the internal DE&I practices of all our vendors. By better understanding the companies we work with, we can better contribute to economic equity in our communities.  We leverage our strengths in data management and analysis to define quantitative objectives and mark our progress toward this goal.

 

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Community Engagement

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Acadian supports innovative, high-impact organizations that empower those in underserved communities with educational opportunities and financial resources that have traditionally been out of reach.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Our culture emphasizes mutual respect, acceptance, tolerance, and cooperation among all employees, regardless of age, gender, race, national or ethnic origin, physical abilities, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We believe that understanding and valuing diversity not only helps our employees to develop as individuals, but also greatly enhances our ability to serve a diverse global client base.  In short, we believe diversity makes Acadian a stronger company and a more rewarding place to work for all.