30 September 2021
Quilter, the wealth manager and investment platform, is proud to have adopted the Halo Code ahead of this year’s Black History Month, highlighting its commitment to creating a welcoming and diverse workplace for all and adding its name to help end workplace hair discrimination.
The Halo Code is a campaign pledge, signed by businesses and schools, that promises members of the black community that they have the freedom and security to wear all afro-hairstyles without restriction or judgment.
Quilter is committing to ensuring people with afro-hair or any other hair textures are not discriminated against in the workplace or in its recruitment processes.
In celebration of its adoption of the Halo Code, Quilter invited colleagues to share photos of themselves to further raise awareness and support of the Code throughout the business.
Furthermore, to mark Black History Month, Quilter is actively supporting Black Pound Day by encouraging employees to shop with locally run black-owned businesses.
Quilter House in Southampton will host a local black-owned business who will offer a catered Caribbean lunch for employees to purchase. Additionally, colleagues from Quilter’s London office, Senator House, will be visiting a black-owned restaurant which offers modern Pan-African cuisine. Quilter CEO, Paul Feeney and Tazim Essani, independent non-executive director and member of the Board Remuneration Committee at Quilter will host the evening.
Tosin James-Odukoya, head of inclusion and wellbeing at Quilter, says:
“The Halo Code is arguably best known for helping put a stop to hair discrimination in schools, but studies have shown it is equally relevant to the workplace where people tend to bias towards western ideals of ‘neat’ or professional looking hair.
“Signing the code commits us to proactively taking a stand to ensure that nobody at Quilter faces barriers or judgments because of the natural texture of their hair. It’s also a further step to ensure all our colleagues feel they can bring their ‘whole selves’ into work and feel included. We encourage other businesses across the industry to adopt the Halo Code and support their colleagues in feeling confident and free of judgement in the workplace.
“This is one of a number of activities to celebrate Black History Month at Quilter. We will also be supporting Black Pound Day, which has been made all the more important following the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on black-owned businesses.”
Letetia King, internal audit specialist at Quilter, says:
“My choice of hairstyle has no bearing on my ability to do my work and it is great to work in an environment where I can bring my authentic self to work. I am so pleased that Quilter has gone one step further by adopting the Halo Code – this really shows a commitment to inclusion and support for an end to any form of hair discrimination in the workplace”