I read with interest an article published by Dennis Nally, Chairman of PwC International. The piece was entitled ‘5 Reasons why diversity and inclusion matter to every business – and every employee’.
Mr. Nally listed the following reasons:
These are all compelling reasons that will not only improve the top-line of a business but also create a better working environment and society as a whole.
At a time when I’m fearful that the world is perhaps becoming more separatist (given recent political change), this can only be a positive thing and a subject that must be addressed - not only by HR departments but also, by you – after all, change can begin with our own behaviour.
The reading of the article tied in with a meeting I attended internally recently at Investigo. We met the leader of our D&I programme and learnt the steps that Investigo are taking to ensure that this topic is in our minds when we recruit and advise our clients.
As my time is spent working with individuals and businesses within the insurance market, I thought I’d take a look in to how organisations are addressing the topic. So, here are a few comments taken from websites of insurance organisations:
Lloyd’s: The Corporation and the market work in partnership, through Inclusion@Lloyd’s, to embrace and embed diversity by widening perspectives and sharing best practice.
Covea: We are committed to supporting all our employees to thrive and develop in our open and inclusive environment.
Zurich: Zurich we celebrate the diversity of our customers through a culture that embraces inclusiveness and allows people to bring their ‘whole self’ to work.
AIG: We believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to our future and our mission – creating a foundation for a creative workplace that leads to innovation, growth, and profitability.
All fantastic statements and with that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to give a few pointers on how you can personally make a difference:
I’m enthused by the importance the insurance industry is placing on D&I and look forward to seeing how things change over the coming years. “Companies need to see their people’s wellbeing as a fundamental part of the contribution that they make to the company, in cases where this isn’t happening, “everybody loses” - Alistair Campbell
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