At Beazley we firmly believe that having an inclusive and diverse workplace will support us in our ambitions to outperform the markets in our chosen areas of business. Our experience and market research have shown that employing individuals with wider perspectives and a broader skill base creates a more dynamic, innovative, responsive organisation. In addition, we want to play our part in building a more balanced and fair insurance sector. At the heart of our work to build a more successful, inclusive culture is our inclusion & diversity steering committee which works closely with the executive and culture & people as well as wider business to measure and monitor our progress towards the goals we set in these areas.
Our active employee networks play an important role in ensuring that colleagues right across the company and in all different territories, functions and levels of responsibility feel they have clear channels through which their voice can be hear and they can get involved in tackling some of the complex issues that will help us to create a more equal and inclusive culture.
Our employee-led networks:
For our LGBTQ+ employees and allies, Beazley's very first employee network was PROUD@Beazley, aiming to promote and build an increasingly inclusive, collaborative and safe environment that supports respect and equality for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In addition to wonderful yearly Pride celebrations, Proud@Beazley have focused on educating and raising awareness at Beazley with employees sharing articles on their preferred pronouns and on the important role that allies play for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The mission of Beazley SHE is to support Successful, High Potential, Empowered Women in Insurance. This means supporting women internally and externally within the industry and providing opportunities for personal and professional development. This network is open to everyone, regardless of gender, across the business. Global events include panels with executive level females hosting careers events and open discussion on challenges they have faced and how they navigated the insurance industry. Another recently organised event by SHE network but open to everyone at Beazley includes a panel discussion on imposter syndrome with external and internal speakers.
Our newest network launched in April of 2020. RACE@Beazley, which stands for RAceCultureEthnicity, aims to foster an inclusive environment of belonging for colleagues from races and ethnicities that are minorities within our workforce. Helping to build an environment in which different cultures can be understood, accepted and celebrated; and actively supporting Beazley's goal of enhancing the racial and ethnic diversity of our workforce, RACE@Beazley have been busy over the last few months. Activities have included hosting intimate online discussions designed to break down uncomfortable silences and get people talking, celebrating Black History Months in the UK and the USA and profiling prominent individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Mental Wellbeing Network
Formed in early 2020, our Mental Wellbeing Network focuses on promoting the importance of positive mental wellbeing and raising awareness of mental health conditions. Since forming, network members have written articles , hosted several global webinars, trained 30+ mental health first aiders across the UK, USA and Canada and been instrumental in the launch of Thrive, the wellbeing app available to all employees internationally. Network members created a suite of training for the company including "Managing for Mental Health" and "Champion" training delivered directly to teams encouraging more discussion on mental health.
Our US and Canadian Colleagues being trained as Mental Health First Aiders
Our I&D activities
Celebrating US Black History Month at Beazley
To mark US Black History Month, Beazley’s race, culture and ethnicity inclusion network RACE@Beazley organised a series of events throughout February aimed at connecting colleagues around the globe and inviting them to join in remembrance, reflection and celebration.
Supporting young women in tech
Paul Willoughby, Beazley’s Head of Insights and Strategy Research and Beazley SHE network committee member explains how he's been supporting gender equality through mentoring.
Beazley signs Race at Work Charter
Specialist insurer Beazley has signed the Race at Work Charter, which aims to improve outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic employees in the workplace.