Link, the LGBT Insurance Network
Thank you to Link's supporters
Lloyd’s is at the forefront of the specialist insurance and reinsurance market globally. Inclusion@Lloyd’s shows the market’s increasing focus on talent; and on building and maintaining business that are open everyone. Link plays an important role in breaking down barriers and demonstrating the power of networks and best practice.
As a signatory of Inclusion@Lloyd’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Charter, Allied World is honoured to host Link’s summer event. D&I is vitally important to attract and retain the best talent to the industry, and is key to our growth strategy as we develop our business internationally, now and over the coming years.
There are now 10 member (Stonewall Diversity Champion) insurance firms: AIG, Aon Limited, Aviva, AXA Insurance, Legal & General Group, Lloyd’s of London, LV=, Swiss Re, XL Catlin and Zurich. This is progress. But consider this out of a total of over 1,000 insurance firms with offices￼￼￼in London.
We all work in the insurance sector which increasingly looks like the land of Oz with a desperate need of brains, courage, talents and hearts. With your (LGBT Insurance Network) initiatives you are helping this cause greatly.
Success requires a blend of experience and skill so if the London Market is to attract new business and respond to its clients’ changing needs we will need to ensure we have built an environment where innovative solutions can flourish and Link will make an important contribution towards achieving that objective.
Link provides an opportunity to create an inclusive working environment while attracting and developing a new generation of talent for the insurance and financial services profession.
People‘s sexuality or gender identity should never be viewed as a barrier to success. Diversity is a fundamental part of our long term success, as Vision 2025 makes clear, and the Link initiative will help us to become a more inclusive workplace.
Our commitment to diversity will give us access to the widest possible pool of talent, I firmly believe that better results come from teams with a diverse range of perspectives. Sexuality or gender should never be an issue when striving for success within the Group and the vision and objectives of the Link initiative will help achieve this throughout the industry.
I think it is important for the insurance industry to engage with LGBT talent issues, and attending Link’s launch event is a great opportunity for the industry to show support and get involved.
Diversity is the power of our differences. As we value these differences, employees can realise their fullest potential. As an employer, it is our responsibility to develop and support talents of any kind and facilitate their inclusion to foster a truly diverse workforce.
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