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.
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.
When we signed up to the Charter in September 2018 we had 27.8% senior female representation. As of 31st August 2019 this has increased to 28.7% for our UK population and 31.1% across our broader European Operations business.
We aim to increase that to more than 32% by 2020 and know we still have more work to do in order to achieve this.
Over the last year we are pleased to have enhanced our UK family friendly policies and actively promoted agile and flexible working to help attract and retain female talent whilst also challenging gender stereotypes.
We have created Women in Tech working groups globally which focus on collaboration and peer to peer networking as well as mentoring and development.
We have focused on driving change in our recruitment practices and looking beyond traditional talent pools to attract diverse talent.
In addition, we have continued to build on our comprehensive learning resources to empower our people to own their career development and increased focus on identifying and developing our talent.
Richard Pryce, CEO of QBE European Operations, is our nominated executive responsible for this initiative.
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.