At Putnam, diversity, equity, and inclusion are tenets of our core values. We strive to create a culture and environment that fosters belonging and authenticity across all levels and values individuals for their skills, experience, diverse backgrounds, and unique perspectives. Collectively, DEI serves as a foundational element of who we are and how we work with our clients and with each other.
Putnam DEI Fellowship
In May 2021, we developed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Fellowship.
The DEI fellow is a Putnam employee who has one of their projects working on incorporating DEI into the firm’s strategy.
The goals of the fellowship are to:
Create structure around DEI, while maintaining Putnam culture by allowing firm engagement and interest to drive DEI development
Recruit diverse, global talent to ensure a wide range of perspectives are represented
Educate employees on topical issues related to DEI to ensure Putnam is an inclusive firm for all current and future employees
Our Current Affinity Groups
Putnam’s affinity groups provide a space for employees and allies who share a common interest that relates to DEI.
It provides a platform to:
Discuss unique experiences at Putnam
Brainstorm and propose solutions / initiatives to improve awareness, diversity, inclusivity, and equitability for those with similar identities at Putnam
Create opportunities for individuals (internally and within broader community)
Host, organize, and participate in events within the firm or as a Putnam representative that center common DEI interest
LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
To serve, empower, and advocate for the well-being of our diverse LGBTQ+ communities, and to provide a space where our LGBTQ+ colleges can feel comfortable bringing their whole self to work from day 1.
LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Goals
Provide firm with education and resources to broaden perspectives on LGBTQ+ issues
In-house mentorship to support junior LGBTQ+ employees navigating their professional careers
Support recruitment of LGBTQ+ talent through sponsorship of O4U Undergraduate conference
Integrated network of LGBTQ+ STEM employees through partnerships with OutBio and others
Asian Affinity Group
To empower and advocate for the Asian community at Putnam, to promote awareness of workplace considerations that are relevant to the Asian community in the professional world, and to foster a greater connection between the diverse cultures within the Putnam community.
Asian Affinity Group Goals
Provide a support network for those who identify as Asian or allies
Provide a format through which workplace considerations specific to the Asian community can be socialized/addressed
Enhance the celebration of diverse backgrounds and multiculturalism at Putnam
Women’s Affinity Group
To support and advocate for women by fostering greater collaboration, empowering women to have a seat and a voice at the table, and working towards gender diversity and equality throughout Putnam.
Women’s Affinity Group Goals
Create opportunities for networking with women across the organization
Offer educational resources and programming to aid professional and personal development
Create a women focused mentorship program at the firm
Working Parents Affinity Group
The objective of this working group was to create a general policy around most leaves of absence from Putnam, including how to support our employees before, during, and after their leave.
Working Parents Affinity Group Goals
Provide support and resources to employees who are new parents or are thinking of taking steps towards family planning
Raise visibility of challenges and issues faced by parents balancing a career and family, and help drive firm development on how we can support those individuals
In-house mentorship to support employees who are new parents and navigating their professional careers
The capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding
Putnam focuses solely on the life science industries, allowing us to provide unparalleled depth, experience and insight into our client’s most complex challenges.
The quality of being easily understood
We do not define our client’s issue to fit our capabilities. Instead, we listen to their needs and tailor our comprehensive set of tools, techniques and expertise to quickly bring clarity to complex issues facing our clients.
A careful plan or method for achieving a particular goal
Understanding the global challenges facing our clients enables us to provide customized, actionable and strategic recommendations that draw on deep therapeutic area and functional expertise.