One in five women in asset management has suffered sexual harassment at work, according to an FTfm survey of 730 fund industry staff, which shows that sexism continues to plague the market.
The global survey of both men and women found that another third of female asset management staff had experienced sexist behaviour at work on a weekly or monthly basis and that 15 per cent had felt under pressure to exploit their sexuality at work.
One of the 488 female respondents to the survey, who asked to remain anonymous, referred to sexist abuse by clients, managers and colleagues as “routine”. She said: “[My bosses invent] perverted nicknames about parts of our bodies and fantasise about pornographic scenes. Clients hit on [me] nonstop. I can’t dress like I would in another job and I purposely don’t wear make-up.”
The findings cast doubt on the common assumption that asset management represents the softer side of financial services. According to figures published in October by diversity campaign group Opportunity Now, a little more than a 10th of women working across banking and financial services said they had suffered sexual harassment. Saker Nusseibeh, chief executive of Hermes Investment Management, said the FTfm findings were of “enormous concern. Making the workplace an unwelcoming environment for 50 per cent of the possible talent pool is value destructive and stupid.”
这些调查发现令人质疑这样一种普遍看法：即资产管理代表着金融服务业较为柔和的一面。根据多元化运动组织Opportunity Now在10月公布的数据，银行和金融服务业略超过十分之一的女性员工表示，她们遭受过性骚扰。Hermes Investment Management首席执行官萨克•努赛贝(Saker Nusseibeh)表示，英国《金融时报》基金管理专刊的调查结果令人“深感忧虑。让潜在人才库中的50%人群的工作场所变成一个不受欢迎的环境，是对价值的毁灭，极为愚蠢。”
The Financial Times distributed the survey to fund staff through emails, its website and industry associations.
The results revealed deep mistrust about companies’ whistleblowing channels and how complaints are dealt with.
A female hedge fund employee, who said she was sexually assaulted by a senior banker who worked with her company, did not report the incident to her managers out of fear that it could damage her career. “No one wants to be the girl that screams,” she said.