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QBE is creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that respects all employees, irrespective of their differences – visible and invisible. This is essential for attracting and developing the best people. We want a diverse workforce as we know this will generate better outcomes.

Delivering a clear message

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are proud to have signed the Women in Finance Charter, an initiative by HM Treasury and financial services firms to build a more balanced, fairer industry.

Currently, 29% of our leadership team in QBE European Operations is female. We aim to increase that to more than 32% by 2020 and have a range of initiatives in place to help us achieve this.

We are driving change in our recruitment practices and looking beyond traditional talent pools to attract diverse talent.

Our leaders are encouraged to be mindful of unconscious bias and we make sure that everyone at a senior level is accountable by including gender representation in their performance goals.

Our comprehensive learning resources empower our people to own their career development, while our flexible working environment and practices support people at all career and life stages. We offer enhanced maternity, paternity and shared parental leave giving employees more choice as to who takes time out in that important first year.

Richard Pryce, CEO of QBE European Operations, is our nominated executive responsible for this initiative.

Accreditations and partnerships

Recognition

We have been recognised with a highly commended award in the Organisational category of the British Dyslexia Association Awards 2018, presented at the association’s Gala Dinner in London. The award credits QBE’s efforts to educate our people about dyslexia, provide assessments and promote assistance tools available to those affected by the condition, including software programs and coloured overlays for computer screens.