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McCann FitzGerald signs equality initiative
(L – R): Aisling McNiffe (Financial Services Ireland, IBEC), Stephen Holst, and Georgina O’Riordan (partner and head of finance, McCann FitzGerald)

19 Apr 2024 / business Print

McCann FitzGerald signs equality initiative

Law firm McCann FitzGerald LLP has signed Ireland’s Women in Finance Charter, an industry-led and Government-supported initiative aimed at increasing participation of women at all levels of business in financial services in Ireland.

Signatories are required to commit their organisations to improving the number of women in management and board-level positions by setting positive targets to be publicly disclosed and reported on.

Progress is independently monitored and reported on by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

McCann FitzGerald says that its support of the charter is part of the firm’s wider commitment to gender equality, diversity, and inclusion.

‘Moral and commercial imperative’

A gender action plan published by the firm last year committed it to having not less than 40% female partners by 2030.

The firm also undertook a review of its family-leave and employee support policies in 2023, and introduced a number of new and extended initiatives.

Stephen Holst (managing partner, McCann FitzGerald LLP) said that the firm was committed to ensuring that its workplace reflected the diversity of the wider society.

“We see this as both a moral imperative for our people, and a commercial imperative, with undeniable evidence that better gender balance supports better business outcomes,” he added.

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