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Supporting  LGBT+ inclusion

Dive In

The ABI supports the industrywide Dive In festival with Huw Evans having led a discussion with Ben Cohen on LGBT+ inclusion at Dive In last year, and Louise Hanson on the Steering Committee during Dive In 2017.

The ABI hosted Edinburgh’s first ever Dive In Festival event in September 2018, which looked at inclusion within the insurance and long-term savings industry. The keynote speaker was writer and actor Sanjeev Kohli, who is well known as Navid from Scottish sitcom Still Game. Sanjeev shared his perspectives on working and belonging in Scotland as part of a minority community.

You can find out more about the festival on the Dive In website

The Association of British Insurers has strengthened its commitment to LGBT+ inclusion by partnering with OUTstanding, a global professional network.

The ABI’s partnership supports employees internally through mentoring and leadership programmes and also helps to create new opportunities for ABI member firms as they work to build a more diverse and inclusive insurance and long-term savings industry.


Yvonne Braun, Director of Policy, Long-term Savings and Protection, is the ABI’s executive sponsor for the ABI’s partnership with Outstanding:

“The insurance and long-term savings industry touches almost every citizen in this country by protecting them and helping them invest for the future. This social purpose makes it crucial for the industry to fully reflect the communities we serve, including the LGBT+ community. We can only do this by fostering diversity of thought, background and experience in our leadership and our workforce.

"The ABI wants to help create an insurance and long-terms savings industry where everyone can be authentic - we know that this will bring out the best in people, companies and society. We are very excited about working with OUTstanding and our members to build a genuinely inclusive culture across the sector."

To mark London Pride in July, Yvonne published a blog highlighting the rewards of LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace. You can read her blog here