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.
We are pleased to have been signed up to the Women in Finance Charter, an initiative by HM Treasury and financial services firms to build a more balanced, fairer industry since 2018.
Since then, women in leadership across our European Operations population has grown from 27% to 32.3% as at the end of August 2021. We are committed to continuing to increase this with our new target of achieving 40% women in leadership by the end of 2025.
Our new more flexible approach to work through Flex@QBE (Work is a thing you do, not a place you go) helps our people embrace the positive learnings and benefits of virtual working, whilst evolving our offices to become a place for purposeful collaboration and personal connection.
The wellbeing and safety of our people has been a top priority throughout the pandemic, and we are proud to have been recognised as a finalist in the Working Families 2021 Awards for ‘Best Covid 19 Response’.
We continue to promote our enhanced UK family friendly and flexible working policies to help attract and retain female talent whilst also challenging gender stereotypes.
Our Women in Tech working groups globally continue to focus on collaboration and peer to peer networking as well as mentoring and development.
Our recruitment practices ensure we look 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.
Jason Harris, CEO QBE International, is our nominated executive responsible for this initiative.
Thousands of employees from across the insurance sector were surveyed in 2021 and QBE was voted a 5* employer.
Part of this nomination comes from the support we have offered over the past year during the pandemic. We were proactive and acted quickly to what our employees were telling us. We placed a lot of focus on the wellbeing of our employees, offering support for mental health and being accommodating of all our employees unique circumstances during this time. It also reflected our overall strategy. Our people are at the heart of our initiatives and being able to listen, act quickly, and provide them with the tools they need to do their jobs well has really been valued.