Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Aristotle
In our view, diversity refers to the traits and characteristics that make people unique. At Aristotle1, we strive to have team members represent different abilities, ages, countries, ethnicities, experiences, gender, learning styles, races, sexual orientations and other dimensions.
We aim to foster a culture of honesty, hard work, integrity and intellectual curiosity. We seek employees who represent a wide breadth of backgrounds, experiences and outlooks on the world, as we believe this is critical for growth and allows us to provide excellent service to our clients.
We are committed to ensuring Aristotle is a workplace where every employee feels welcomed, respected, supported and valued. We seek to embrace diversity and create the conditions for everyone to thrive. Over the years, we have intentionally sought out and welcomed individuals from diverse backgrounds which is Aristotle today.
In July 2020, Aristotle Capital established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council. The DEI Council is committed to promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture at Aristotle. We believe valuing diverse experiences and seeking out different perspectives foster a sense of belonging, boosts employee morale and improves decision-making.
The DEI Council strives to:
- Increase constituents’ awareness on the topics of DEI
- Provide a safe space to voice DEI-related concerns and serve as a conduit for communication
- Recommend policies to ensure fair and equitable hiring, compensation and promotion, regardless of race, gender, age, nationality, religion, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, family dynamics, dis(abilities), etc.
- Monitor progress and hold the firm accountable for such policies
- Spearhead initiatives to promote social justice and mobility in our communities
Membership on the DEI Council is open to all employees of the firm and is voluntary with a minimum of a one-year commitment. The individuals on the Council represent many dimensions of diversity at Aristotle, including age, department, ethnicity, gender, level, race, and personal and professional backgrounds.
1The term Aristotle is used to represent the family of affiliates that is comprised of Aristotle Capital Management, LLC (Aristotle Capital); Aristotle Capital Boston, LLC (Aristotle Boston); Aristotle Credit Partners, LLC (Aristotle Credit); and Aristotle Atlantic Partners, LLC (Aristotle Atlantic), which collectively operate under a unified platform known as Aristotle. Each firm is an independent investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. Shared services business functions are conducted by affiliate Aristotle Capital, which supports all Aristotle investment teams.
How We Are Doing Our Part
At Aristotle, we commit time, talent and resources to give back to our local communities. Our employees live across the U.S. and are actively involved in their own communities in different ways. Through the Employee Volunteer Day Program, Aristotle employees can make an impact in their communities in the ways they feel would be most meaningful. Every calendar year, Aristotle provides each full-time employee a paid day to use for the sole purpose of volunteering with a qualified nonprofit organization of their choice. The DEI Council also organizes fundraising and volunteer opportunities throughout the year for employees to participate. Most recently, the firm participated in an employee fundraising event with a match program to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts towards the California wildfires and Hurricane Ida and UNICEF for the Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine. The DEI Council has also officially launched a Quarterly Volunteer Event to encourage all employees to give back, starting with Habitat for Humanity, an organization focused on supporting families needing appropriate shelter, disaster relief, financial education, and neighborhood revitalization.
Furthermore, we support organizations such as the Toigo Foundation and School on Wheels which are all focused on mentorship, ongoing development, and education for individuals in underserved and underrepresented communities. We also sponsor employee membership for 100 Women in Finance (100WF), an organization committed to empowering women working in the finance industry to achieve their professional potential at each career stage. As an organization, we also donate equipment to support local schools in underprivileged neighborhoods. The DEI Council also shares professional and volunteer opportunities with employees and has launched the Women in Finance Employee Resource Group (ERG) based on employee demand.
Additionally, the DEI Council is continuing to evaluate new partnerships with organizations that provide financial literacy to youth of various ages in underrepresented communities across the nation. We are currently partnering with Junior Achievement of SoCal to promote financial education and career readiness for K-12 students.
We have partnered with various job boards and organizations that are focused on reaching underrepresented candidates (women and minorities) to ensure our job posts are reaching diverse audiences.