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Supporting  LGBT+ inclusion

This page details the actions that the insurance and long-term savings industry and the ABI are doing to improve LGBT+ inclusion. The insurance and long-term savings industry is committed to championing LGBT+ inclusion and recognises that it is vital its colleagues feel confident to be their authentic selves at work.

Committed to supporting our LGBT+ colleagues

A 2018 survey by Stonewall found that fewer than half of LGBT employees say their senior managers demonstrate a visible commitment to LGBT+ equality, which is why our sector is taking targeted action to build a modern and diverse industry, where LGBT+ employees can excel. This includes a thriving industrywide network, Link and a wide range of individual actions that ABI members are taking. We are also pleased to report that over half of ABI members have an executive sponsor for LGBT+ inclusion. Read our perspective on Helping Britain Thrive.

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

Outstanding

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.

Read our staff's perspectives 

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

Find out what else is happening in the insurance industry

Our industry has a thriving network, Link, that is dedicated to creating and maintaining workplaces that attract and retain the best LGBT+ talent to the insurance industry. The network is made up of LGBT+ insurance professionals and their allies. Read more about their work here:  https://www.lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk/about-link