Today, CEO Inga Beale hosted the launch event for the Inclusive Behaviours Pledge, an industry-wide initiative to demonstrate the insurance profession’s unwavering commitment to transforming its culture.
Lloyd’s is a founding signatory, alongside 49 other insurance firms and trade bodies, including Zurich, Aviva, RSA, AXA, Willis Towers Watson, Marsh, the British Insurance Brokers Association, the Association of British Insurers, the Lloyd’s Market Association and the London & International Insurance Brokers’ Association.
Signing up to the Pledge means agreeing to change and tackle negative and inappropriate behaviours and promote and encourage the right, desired behaviours in the workplace. Pledging also commits CEOs to taking action within their own organisations if their employees are not treated with dignity at work. The Pledge is a public commitment to reinforce the promise to do this, and builds on the sector’s well-established work and initiatives driving greater inclusion across the profession, including the global Dive In Festival, now in its fourth year.
All forms of discrimination will be tackled, whether on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnerships, pregnancy/maternity, family and caring responsibilities, race, religion/belief, gender or sexual orientation. The Pledge sets out a clear framework of desired behaviours for leaders and employees in the workplace, as well as in their interactions with suppliers and customers.
Launching the event alongside Tulsi Naidu, CEO of Zurich UK, Inga Beale said “Having worked in the insurance sector for 36 years, I’ve seen just how far it has come, particularly in the last decade. I’m proud of the progress that has been made, but the job isn’t over yet. The Inclusive Behaviours Pledge is a public commitment reinforcing our promise as individual organisations, and as a collective, to challenge inappropriate behaviour and create increasingly welcoming and inclusive workplaces for the diverse talent powering our sector.”
A dedicated website, www.inclusiveinsurancepledge.co.uk has been launched, where organisations can read about the Pledge and sign up online. The site provides signatories with an 'Inclusive Behaviours toolkit', designed to help firms embed and enforce the Pledge across their organisations.