Many studies have shown that collaborative decision-making and collegial teams are strengthened by diversity and inclusive (D&I) behaviour, which may help to mitigate risks and lead to better decisions. We believe there is a moral imperative to promote, defend and, wherever possible, take constructive steps towards equal opportunity for all. Having certain beliefs as an individual or as a group should not restrict the opportunities of others. There can always be a level of tension, friction or energy between people as we interact. We view this as the “fuel” that engages investors. Thinking back to a physics lesson, capturing and directing this fuel should drive forward motion – in terms of D&I, we refer to this as igniting the “engine of inclusivity”.
The ability to capture and ignite this “fuel” requires a common purpose and mission within a shared culture. Comgest captures this fuel within our shareholder structure, which we consider a broad partnership wherein all employees – regardless of their title – may become shareholders based on meritocratic foundations.3 For us, this fosters a strong team spirit and sense of shared responsibility that we believe is valuable to the longevity of our culture and values.