Ageas has appointed its first Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), underscoring a commitment to doing even more in the future and in a more focused way. When we talk about diversity we do so in its widest form from different cultures, genders, colours and backgrounds, and in every corner of Ageas and its operating companies.
There is no lack of appetite within the Group with some 74% of employees indicating in an internal survey that they strongly valued diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and 75% believing that Ageas already has an inclusive culture. While that is a good starting point, there is more we can do. The appointment of John O’Connor who is also Head of Inclusion for Ageas UK, will allow us to coordinate our D&I efforts across the entire Group more efficiently in the future.
We are certainly not yet perfect in this important area, and we still have some way to go. But we are very serious and committed to continuous improvement and to making progress sooner rather than later. We believe that in today’s world a commitment to Diversity & Inclusion is part of a license to be in business.
As well as getting a clearer view on the range of initiatives already underway, a new Global Inclusion Forum has been launched where representatives from every entity meet monthly to discuss ideas, ambitions, and recommendations, identifying areas where we can work collaboratively and continue to drive forward our activities.
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