Financial firms with a lack of diversity make less money and suffer more problems with governance issues, according to a senior City regulator.
She emphasised that diversity was a “key supervisory issue” for the FCA.
Butler said research showed diverse firms made more money and that women as investors “reliably outperform men by 1.1%, with lower risk and volatility”.
But she added: “This is about more than making more money. Firms that promote gender diversity also significantly lower their conduct risk. And this is where the FCA’s interest comes in. Firms with monocultures suffer 24% more governance-related issues than their peers.”
She said teams with more women saw their “collective intelligence” rise. She added that diverse teams also suffered less from “groupthink”.
“We also know that some teams are especially prone to excessively optimistic views of their own skills. And that those teams tend to be more close-minded. A classic trait in teams that lack diversity.
“Gender diversity—and indeed diversity in more general terms—can help groups from converging around poor decisions.”
Earlier this week the FCA announced that it will review its approach to penalties. A document from the FCA said: “We have started a review of our penalties policy and plan to publish a consultation paper later this year.”