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

We provide training and opportunities for career advancement, reward our employees fairly and encourage direct feedback to senior management.

With fewer than 250 employees, we benefit from a flat organisational structure, which supports an open communication culture. We are a meritocracy and our employees are recruited, promoted and rewarded based on merit.

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.

Human rights

Whilst 3i does not have, nor needs, a specific human rights policy, our policies are nevertheless consistent with internationally-recognised 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 2020, 3i’s total of 240 employees was broken down as follows:

3i employees

3i Group plc Directors1

Senior managers2

  1. Includes non-executive Directors who are not 3i employees.
  2. Senior managers excludes Simon Borrows and Julia Wilson, our Chief Executive and Group Finance Director, who are included as Board members. The measure includes those who have responsibility for planning, directing or controlling the activities of the Company or of a strategically significant part of the Company, or are Directors of the undertakings included in the consolidation.

Achieving better gender diversity is important to 3i and we believe we are making reasonable progress in that respect, within the constraints of being a small organisation with modest staff turnover. Of the 30 new hires we made during the year, 43% were female and 57% were male.

We are an equal opportunities employer and oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. We believe that a diverse and varied workforce is a great benefit to the organisation 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 trusted investment professionals. 20 graduate analysts joined us between 2015 and 2019 and a further three joined us in 2020.

The programme involves rotations across our Private Equity and Infrastructure businesses, as well as the opportunity to work with senior professionals in our Strategy, Finance and Investor Relations 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 and senior 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 2020 on our website in September 2020, and will update this statement in September 2021.

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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