Diversity

 
Mari Shimokawa
Deputy Chief Compliance Officer

Diversity

OUR MISSION:

At Loomis Sayles, we believe in a workplace culture that acknowledges, supports, and invests in the diversity of all its members. This is critical in order to fulfill the investment needs of our clients worldwide, manage the complexity of our dynamic and global business and build a community where all employees have an equal opportunity to expand on their potential. We define diversity as spanning all dimensions of identity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity & expression, physical & mental ability, military status, sexual identity & orientation, marital status, religion, socioeconomic background and age.

We recognize the path toward diversity, equity and inclusion of all persons across all levels of our organization, and in the financial services industry, will be an ongoing and extensive process. Despite these challenges, we are committed to fostering an environment where all employees are represented, respected, valued and empowered to apply all of the dimensions of their identities to enrich Loomis Sayles as a whole.

OUR COMMITMENT IN ACTION

Diversity Committee. Loomis Sayles’ diversity committee is comprised of representatives from the major departments and includes two Board members and works to oversee the firm’s efforts at expanding and deepening its diversity.

Talent development and corporate training. The firm offers programs and training focused on creating and building an inclusive environment and retaining our diverse talent. The firm participates in development programs offered by The Partnership, Inc., which provides leadership training, consulting services and networking for professional persons of color in Boston. The firm also provides harassment and diversity awareness training to management and all new hires.

Work-life balance. Loomis Sayles has many programs and benefits designed to help our employees maintain a positive balance between their professional and personal lives. Examples are flexible work arrangements, childcare resources, elder care benefits and on-site work-life seminars.

Supplier diversity. We are members of the Supplier Diversity associations, and track our vendors to identify opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.

Community Partnerships. Our mission supports programs in education, healthcare, social services and the arts, working with economically disadvantaged children and their families located in the areas in which we work and live.

INTERNSHIPS

Loomis Sayles sponsors the following programs focused on increasing diversity of those underrepresented in the investment management business, including women and underserved youth:

High School Internships

Summer Search combines a social-emotional mentoring model and summer internship to empower young people who face systemic oppression. The program aims to give students the tools and knowledge to become thriving adults. Since 2007, Loomis Sayles has partnered with Summer Search in providing summer internships for students.

Cristo Rey Boston High School provides a college preparatory education to students of limited economic resources. With a rigorous curriculum and a unique work-study experience in a corporate environment, Cristo Rey prepares students to succeed in college. Since 2008, Loomis Sayles has hosted Cristo Rey interns throughout the school year, supporting them in their preparation for future professional work environments.

College Internships

College Internship. The Undergraduate Summer Intern Development (USID) Program is unique in seeking a competitive, yet diverse range of students who are under-represented in the investment industry. The USID program is offered to first-generation college students interested in growing all of their professional capacities. Our goal is to offer exposure and access to students who may not have considered investment management as a career.  Hear from the students themselves

UWIN. The Undergraduate Women's Investment Network (UWIN) is a unique and valuable opportunity to connect with successful role models across the firm, learn about the investment process, and develop professional skills needed to succeed in the industry. The UWIN program offers both mentorship and internship opportunities as part of our mission is to inspire, develop and recruit undergraduate women for investment management careers. The UWIN program is helping to seed the pipeline of diverse talent into the investment management industry.