Bloomberg today announced the launch of the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index (BFGEI), providing investors and organizations with standardized aggregate data across company gender statistics; employee policies; gender-conscious product offerings; and external community support and engagement.

The inaugural 2016 BFGEI recognizes 26 financial services firms with strong commitments to gender equality, including dedicated social disclosure policies and practices. Firms interested in participating submitted a social survey created by Bloomberg in partnership with third-party experts, including Women’s World Banking, Catalyst and Working Mother Media. Those included on this year’s index scored at or above 60 points, a global threshold established by Bloomberg and our partners to reflect disclosure and the achievement or adoption of best-in-class statistics and policies.

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