Direct Insurance London Market, (DILM)is a proud signatory of a new pledge to drive forward diverse, inclusive and tolerant practices across the insurance industry by transforming workplace culture.
Fifty insurance organisations initially signed the the Inclusive Behaviours Pledge that recognises the sector needs to go further in encouraging diversity and stamping out discriminatory behaviour.
The pledge states behavioural change must be endorsed at the top of any organisation and therefore requires a commitment to improve standards of inclusive behaviour starting at CEO level. The pledge covers potential discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnerships, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion/belief, gender or sexual orientation.
As a signatory, DILM commits that our people can expect to:
- be treated with respect, courtesy and dignity
- be treated in a manner free from discrimination and objectification
- not be harassed, bullied or victimised
- be dealt with in an honest, transparent and legal way
When behaviours fall below these expectations, DILM also commits to take action if:
- our employees are harassed in any way, either by fellow employees, suppliers, customers or business partners
- our employees are treated differently or discriminated against due to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion/belief, gender or sexual orientation
- there is any abuse of position or seniority, particularly when directed at those more vulnerable or more junior than ourselves.
DILM’s CEO and Management team commit to:
- ensure our organisations have a clear procedure for reporting any inappropriate or discriminatory behaviour
- regularly communicate on the importance of inclusive behaviours
- ensure there are significant repercussions for the perpetrators of such behaviour
- lead by example and ensure all fellow employees in our businesses do the same
- call out inappropriate behaviour or discrimination, even when it is uncomfortable to do so. We will not be bystanders.
Organisations can sign up online via a dedicated website www.inclusiveinsurancepledge.co.uk, where signatories will also find an ‘Inclusive Behaviours’ toolkit giving help and advice on how to implement the pledge going forward.