Corporate responsibility


We believe that the skills, capabilities and talents of our employees are vital to our success. Recruiting, retaining and developing our talent is one of our most important priorities.

We work towards that objective by providing training and opportunities for career advancement, rewarding our employees fairly and by encouraging employees to give direct feedback to senior management.

With fewer than 250 employees, we benefit from an open culture of communication and a flat organisational structure. We are a meritocracy and our employees are recruited, promoted and rewarded on the basis of merit, ability and performance.

We recognise the importance of nurturing the wellbeing and satisfaction of our employees by providing a supportive working environment and a healthy work/life balance. Accordingly, we offer a variety of formal and informal benefits.

Human rights

Whilst 3i does not have, nor needs, a formal human rights policy, our policies are nevertheless consistent with internationally-proclaimed human rights principles. We comply fully with applicable human rights legislation in the countries in which we operate, for example covering areas such as freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, equal remuneration and protection against discrimination.

We aim to invest only in businesses which are committed to: respecting the human rights of their workers; maintaining safe and healthy working conditions; treating their employees fairly; upholding the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining; and respecting the health, safety and wellbeing of those adversely affected by their business activities.

Equal opportunities and diversity

Diversity data

At 31 March 2017, 3i’s total of 241 employees was broken down as follows.

3i employees1

3i Directors2

Senior managers3

  1. During the year 3i sold its Debt Management division, which employed approximately 50 people, to Investcorp, and closed its Stockholm operations. The average number of employees during the year was 281.
  2. Includes non-executive Directors who are not employees.
  3. “Senior managers” excludes Simon Borrows and Julia Wilson (who are included as Directors of 3i Group plc) and includes 23 people who were directors of undertakings included in the consolidation, of whom 19 were male and 4 were female.

Achieving better gender diversity is important to 3i and we believe we are making good progress in that respect, within the constraints of being a small organisation with modest staff turnover. Of the new hires we made during the year, 45% were female and 55% were male.

We are an equal opportunities employer and opposes all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. We believe that a diverse and varied workforce is a great benefit to all and therefore we encourage this.

Graduate scheme

The top performers on our graduate scheme are offered the opportunity to be fast-tracked directly into our investment business.

We launched our new graduate recruitment scheme in 2015. The scheme is designed to develop our next generation of world-class investment professionals and business leaders. Our first five graduate analysts joined us in 2015, a further five joined us in September 2016 and a further three will join us in September 2017. 

The programme involves rotations across our Private Equity and Infrastructure businesses, as well as the opportunity to work with senior management in our Strategy and Finance teams.

Our graduates benefit from best-in-class technical training courses in corporate finance, valuation, financial modelling and accounting, coupled with practical business experience gained from working alongside our investment professionals, senior management and portfolio management teams. As a result, they acquire an excellent grounding in the investment world, as well as in strategy and finance, enjoying a great deal of responsibility at an early stage.

Modern slavery

We published our statement on Modern Slavery for the financial year ending 31 March 2016 on our website in September 2016, and will update this statement in September 2017.

3i is committed to ensuring that:

  • there is no slavery and human trafficking in any part of its business or supply chains; and
  • the companies in which it invests are also committed to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in their business or supply chains.
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