When women and girls succeed, everyone benefits

Moody’s chooses to challenge the status quo and continuously champions gender equality through our insights, workplace programs and community partnerships. Diversity makes us stronger and we all benefit when we move forward together.

Exploring gender equality through our research

Our research visualizes and reinforces the importance of gender equality for economies and capital markets worldwide.



Promoting gender equality in our workplace

Supporting diversity, equity and inclusion is a business priority for Moody’s. We are committed to promoting inclusivity by providing many programs, resources and services to support women in the workplace.

We believe a workforce that represents an array of backgrounds and experiences helps create an environment that maximizes every employee’s contribution, widens the leadership pipeline, and enhances our work, including the quality of our opinions, products and services. Learn more about Moody’s diversity and inclusion efforts.


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Leadership programs

In 2020, Moody’s established the TIDE Program, a high potential diversity initiative aimed at elevating women and people of color to leadership positions. The program is designed to enhance career opportunities, engagement and retention through individual development experiences. TIDE builds on Moody’s Senior Women’s Development Program, a twelve-month program launched in 2014. To date, 110 senior women leaders have graduated from the program, which is offered to employees worldwide.   

We recently expanded our RE-IGNITE Program to the UK, a paid 16-week initiative designed for anyone who wants to restart their careers after a minimum two-year break. The program aims to increase diverse representation, especially women and mothers, while attracting top talent to Moody’s. Since its inception in 2017, we have proudly converted 75% of the participants to Moody’s employees.

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Gender equality rankings

We’re proud to be included in a range of gender equality rankings. Moody’s has been recognized in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index over the past two years for our investments in gender equality in the workplace and in the communities where we operate. We have also been named to the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list for five consecutive years. This list recognizes US organizations that lead in areas of advancement for women, related benefits, paid parental leave and more.

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Women’s Business Resource Group

Moody's internal Women's Business Resource Group (BRG) seeks to enhance the recruitment, retention, and professional development of female professionals by implementing programs that foster greater interaction among peers as well as the broader community, while acting as a collective voice for raising women's issues to senior management and enhancing the employment brand. Moody's Women's chapters currently include APAC, Canada, France, India, New York (US), San Francisco (US), and UK.  

A “Menopause in the Workplace” UK pilot program was launched on 18 October 2021 to mark World Menopause Day. The program aims to raise awareness of how perimenopause and menopause can affect all of us and to share resources and best practices for employees and managers alike. The pilot is supported by DE&I and HR and highlights Moody’s focus on employees’ wellbeing. Provision of this menopause service is offered as a stand-alone program through our Healthcare provider BUPA.

Learn more about Moody’s internal work in this space.

Hear from a range of voices across Moody’s what we do to #BreakTheBias.


WeQual Award Finalists



Congratulations Viney Chadha and Shivani Kak on being named finalists in the Legal and Finance categories of the WeQual Awards, The Americas 2022. WeQual celebrates the achievements of women globally and tackles the need for diversity and equality in leadership positions in the world’s largest companies.

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Supporting gender equality in our communities

We are committed to closing the gender gap in finance and tech through programs and partnerships that support women business owners and prepare high school girls for careers in financial services.

Supporting women to grow their businesses

Despite being one of the most pivotal drivers of sustainable economic growth, women-owned businesses around the world continue to face barriers when trying to access both markets and capital. Through Moody’s Reshape Tomorrow™ program, we’re helping women business owners gain better access to capital and markets as well as promoting greater prosperity and opportunity at every level of the market.

In partnership with WEConnect International, an organization that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers globally, our “Financing Your Growing Business” program supports women business owners through interactive boot camps and online training modules that focus on credit training and accessing markets and capital. In 2021, we expanded into new markets, including Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, and South Africa. The bootcamp trainings are now available in eleven countries including Canada, Germany, Nigeria, France, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, and South Africa.  As a result of this partnership, we saw 235 volunteer hours between 64 Moody’s volunteers globally in the bootcamps. 

Moody’s also collaborated with WEConnect to form the ‘Council on Scaling Women-Owned Businesses’. which conducted research and explored the best solutions for scaling women-owned businesses. These findings were illustrated in the report, How to Rebuild Global Business for Good published in June 2020, which identified the barriers facing women business owners and outlined a global strategy to support inclusive economic growth during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As part of WEConnect’s #Rise2theChallenge campaign last year, Sheila Gundersen, MD – Procurement & Sourcing, and member of the WEConnect International board, pledged 5% of Moody’s 2021 procurement budget toward integrating women-owned businesses into our supply chain. Moody’s procurement and sourcing team utilizes WEConnect International’s Global Membership that provides access to 13,000+ Women On Boards (WOBs) based in over 130 countries.  

Moody’s has continued to expand its partnership with Village Capital in support of their ‘Future of Work’, Africa’ program with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Women’s Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi). This year the program will source, support and scale up to 45 startups, with a focus on women-led startups, that are providing services to help solve the youth unemployment crisis. The program will also test interventions focused on mitigating the gender financing gap. Moody’s also partners with Village Capital in the US and Latin America to support entrepreneurs from underserved communities.    

Moody’s continues to invest in a partnership with Asian Venture Philanthropy Network of their Stimulating Entrepreneurship and Business Growth, a nine-month program that aims to support the COVID-19 response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts of impact-driven SMEs and non-profit organizations, with a focus on women-led enterprises in Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

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Moody’s collaborated with WEConnect to form the ‘Council on Scaling Women-Owned Businesses’, which conducted research and explored solutions. The findings were illustrated in the report, How to Rebuild Global Business for Good, which identified the barriers facing women business owners and outlined a global strategy to support inclusive economic growth during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.


Preparing girls for careers in financial services

As a company founded on data analysis, Moody’s is dedicated to preparing young people for careers in finance, technology and economics. By providing internships, mentorship and resources, we’re helping girls to make better career decisions.   

Moody’s partners with Girls Who Code (GWC) on a unique “Summer Immersion Program” that provides US high school students with the chance to explore the applications of computer science and engage with women leaders in tech. At least half of the girls served by Girls Who Code come from historically underrepresented groups, including girls who are Black, Latinx, or from low-income backgrounds. Over the course of the partnership, more than 300 girls have participated in the program and Moody’s has hired 16 alumni into internships or full-time positions.   

We’re proud to have the support of Moody’s Board members Kathy Hill and Leslie Seidman, and our Chief Information Officer, Mona Breed, on the GWC Summer Immersion Program. Watch them give advice and guidance to the next generation of women in tech. 

 

In 2021, Moody’s invested in a partnership with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity / London in support of their HerCapital program. During this six month confidence-building curriculum, launched in early 2022, 170 female university students, primarily from historically underrepresented groups across UK, Belgium, and Germany, are paired with mentors to help them gain authentic exposure to the financial services industry, refine their leadership skills and continuously challenge themselves to adopt a growth mindset. Through the Mentorship Program (led by Moody’s EMEA Women’s BRG), Lunch & Learn Series, Moody’s Insight Program, and Technology Training provided by Moody’s senior female leadership, each of these young women is equipped with the skills, leadership, and confidence to succeed. 

To help close the gender gap in finance and technology, Moody’s created Generation Giga Girls, known as “G3”, seven years ago in a joint effort with Girls Inc. As the first-ever data analytics program for girls from low-income communities, G3 is helping girls build skills in technology and data analytics. Since G3’s launch, we have reached over 1,400 students throughout New York City and the US. The program is crucial for addressing the gender gap in STEM, especially the disproportionate number (less than 5%) of women of color.  
In addition to G3, we collaborated with Girls Inc. on their 2020 report, Stronger, Smarter, Bolder: Girls Take the Lead, to further our commitment to applying a gender lens to research. The report analyzes the tools and resources girls need to obtain leadership roles in business and society. Atsi Sheth, MD Credit Strategy, supplemented the report with Moody’s own research on women in the labor force, gender diversity, and achievements in higher education. This helped to demonstrate the direct link between the work of Girls Inc. and outcomes in the economy and financial system.  

When women and girls thrive – health, education, communities and the global economy thrive.

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Atsi Sheth, MD - Credit Strategy, supplemented the report, Stronger, Smarter, Bolder: Girls Take the Lead, with Moody’s own research on women in the labor force, gender diversity, and achievements in higher education.


Women in Technology & Data Awards 2022


Yimei Fan has been named Data Science Professional of the Yearat the Women in Technology and Data Awards 2022. Yimei says “it’s important to me to network with like-minded women in the industry and trade stories and advice for success”.


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