In occasione della giornata internazionale della donna abbiamo intervistato Bonnie Chiu, promettente imprenditrice già riconosciuta da Forbes tra le migliori donne d'affari under 30 in Europa.
Nata ad Hong Kong ma cittadina del mondo, Bonnie Chiu è una grande attivista a supporto dei temi di gender equality e diversity management in cui noi di SERVIFLAB ci impegniamo fortemente nel quotidiano oltre a lavorare a stretto contatto con le società quotate. Dopo essersi specializzata in International Relations alla London School of Economics, Chiu si è impegnata fortemente nel settore della Finanza fino a diventare Managing Director di The Social Investment Consultancy, Founder e CEO di Lensational e appasionata attivista in Women in Social Finance in Regno Unito.
Domani per l’8 marzo Chiu presidierà il consueto incontro “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality 2019” presso Borsa Italiana, che si è unita ad altri 60 Exchange in tutto il mondo per celebrare la Giornata internazionale della Donna e promuovere la parità di Genere.
Abbiamo raccolto qualche curiosità e stimolo da Bonnie Chiu in quest’intervista.
What The Social Investment Consultancy has achieved so far?
Founded in 2008, the first decade of The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) has seen us contribute to the disruption between the non-profit and for-profit world. First, we served over 70 clients across sectors and geographies, to help them increase and maximize their social impact. Second, we produced new research and methodologies to challenge people to think differently about social impact. Our research received global media coverage including Financial Times, Fast Company and The Guardian. Last but not least, we are proud to be a business for good. In 2015, TSIC became one of the 62 founding B Corps in the UK, certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
What does it mean to be a woman in your job today?
As a woman, especially as an ethnic minority woman, I do not see many peers who look like me. This means that sometimes I do get uncomfortable in rooms when I am the only person who looks different; and often I suffer from imposter syndrome when I doubt my own achievements.
But I think being a woman in a leading role, also presents many opportunities. More and more companies are aware of the business case for gender diversity, and many are taking actions. As a consultant, I have the opportunity to help organisations in their journeys towards diversity.
What should we expect from your participation at Borsa Italiana on march 8th?
The overall topic of the speech will be "business case for diversity". You can expect a combination of personal stories having worked to improve diversity as an entrepreneur and a consultant, and strong data and best practices from other countries. Hopefully this will inspire the audience to think differently and to start taking some actions.
What’s your biggest challenge?
As a small company, we have big ambitions – but we have only limited resources at our disposal. So we need to work with big companies to create the change we all believe in around diversity and social impact. However it is still a challenge for many to see focusing on diversity and social impact not only as “nice to have”, but as “critical to business’ success”. Finding more partners who we can work with to create systemic impact is a challenge.
What is your diversity management forecast in Europe?
For many, the starting point for diversity is gender diversity. But it should not stop there. Diversity is about a lot of other aspects including ethnicity, disability, religion, socio-economic backgrounds, sexuality, etc. Topics on ethnicity and religion become increasingly important as Europe becomes increasingly aware of how its population demographics are changing. There is continuous income inequalities so diversity in terms of socioeconomic backgrounds will be increasingly important.
In short, I expect more organisations to adopt a more inclusive and holistic definition of diversity, rather than only focusing on gender.