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'Being nice is not enough'

'Being nice is not enough'

Hamish Forsyth is President – Europe at Capital Group Companies Global, part of Capital Group. He has 24 years of investment industry experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career, Hamish was part of the team that launched Capital’s mutual fund distribution activities outside the US and he is currently chairman of Capital Group’s Luxembourg management company. He holds a master’s degree with first-class honours in philosophy, politics and economics from Trinity College, University of Oxford. Hamish is based in London.

Pride in London asked Hamish about his involvement in Pride in the City and what can be done to make the workplace more inclusive…

What theme did you cover at the recent Pride in the City event?
Developing More Inclusive Workplace Cultures.

What made you feel you wanted to support this event?
Capital Group has a fantastic culture and we recognise it’s crucial that our employees feel they can bring their whole selves to work, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Supporting this event was an obvious choice for me as I wanted to demonstrate that everyone, from grass roots to the top of the organisation, is welcome and appreciated for their different perspectives and shared values.

Have you been involved with Pride in London before?
No, but we had lots of people join in with the live discussion and very positive feedback from our Pride in the City event. We’re keen to keep the momentum going this year.

What impact do you feel your PIC theme has on you in the business world?
We know from looking at ourselves and our peers that a thriving workplace and an inclusive culture is fundamentally based on employees who feel welcomed and appreciated for being themselves. At the heart of Capital Group’s culture is a recognition that the diversity of our people and the breadth of their experience leads to diversity of thought; this has been a cornerstone of our success for over 85 years.

If you were to give one bit of advice to future business leaders, what would it be?
As leaders, we must be deliberate in encouraging multiple perspectives and in fostering an open and inclusive workplace culture; in short, being ‘nice’ is not enough. My advice is to value, trust, and champion your employees’ unique perspectives and your organisational culture will thrive.

Are there any other comments you would like to provide?
We were honoured to have been involved with the inaugural Pride in the City initiative and we’re looking forward to 2018!

Learn more about Pride in the City and how you can get involved here.