AMI launches broker survey on diversity and inclusion

The Association of Mortgage Intermediaries (AMI) has launched a broker survey looking at diversity, equity and inclusion within the mortgage sector.

Having joined forces with Aldermore and Virgin Money for the survey, the trade body is asking directors, managers, advisers and staff in brokers and lenders to take part.

The AMI stated that diversity, equity and inclusion is a subject that has “grown in prominence” in the last year and said that the recently launched discussion paper from the combined banking and conduct regulators will ensure it continues to be a focal point for the mortgage industry.

The survey, for which responses will be anonymous, is being operated by an independent research agency which is now looking for as many people as possible to complete the 15-minute survey.

AMI chief executive, Robert Sinclair, said: “This is a subject that evokes significant emotion and this is your chance to give us your view. We’re looking to understand how inclusive our industry is and whether we can do more to help firms achieve diversity of thought and an inclusive culture.

“Much of the agenda is being driven by the younger generations and it is up to those of us who have been in the industry longer to accept the challenge, to keep up and to stay relevant. AMI is doing this work because people who I hope are my friends have been brave enough to bare their souls and talk about their lives and experiences.

“I would like to think that AMI, by working in partnership with our member firms and lenders, can help firms make some tangible changes to how they embrace society in its widest sense and to ensure that everyone is able to bring their whole, authentic self to work.”

The survey results are expected to be reported back to the mortgage industry in September.

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