Ageas has signed up to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter. This initiative, in partnership with government, is designed to improve outcomes in the workplace for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees and potential employees in the UK.
The charter builds on the work of the 2017 McGregor-Smith Review, ‘Race in the workplace, a wake-up call for UK employers’, which found that people from BAME backgrounds were still underemployed, under promoted and under-represented at senior levels.
By signing up to the Charter Ageas is publicly committing to:
- Appointing an Executive Sponsor for race
- Capturing data and publicising progress
- Ensuring zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
- Making equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers
- Taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression
Sandra Kerr CBE, race equality director at Business in the Community, said:
We would like to thank Ageas for setting out their commitment to being an inclusive and responsible employer. By signing up to the charter they are showing that they aspire to have one of the most inclusive workplaces in the country. Together we can break down barriers in the workplace, raise the aspirations and achievements of talented individuals, and deliver an enormous boost to the long-term economic position of the UK
Lyn Nicholls, Ageas HR Director and executive sponsor for race said:
Ageas is committed to being an employer that’s inclusive of everyone, including Black and Ethnic Minority employees and potential employees. By signing up to the Race at Work Charter we are putting words into action by publically committing to put in place solutions that support both the development and career progression of our black and ethnic minority colleagues.
Signing this Charter is part Ageas’ wider approach to inclusion. In recent weeks we have also become a sponsor of the iWin network, supporting the progression of women and joined the Business Disability Forum ensuring we share best practice and new initiatives with like-minded organisations.
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Business Disablity Forum: The Business Disability Forum are leading industry experts with over 20 years of experience in making it easier to help organisations become fully accessible to disabled customers and employees.
iWIN: In 2014, the Worshipful Company of Insurers launched iWIN to provide support to the learning and development for aspiring female professionals and provide networking opportunities with senior market practitioners. Ageas recently became a sponsor of the iWin network, supporting the progression of women within the business and the industry more broadly. Ageas is also a member of the iWin committee.