Association Of British Insurers
Association Of British Insurers, One America Square, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB, UK

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Event Date Tue Oct 12 BST (9 months ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Tue Oct 12 8:30am - Tue Oct 12 12:00pm
Location Association Of British Insurers
One America Square, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB, UK
Region EMEA

ABI data shows the urgent need for action in order to increase ethnic and socio-economic diversity in the insurance and long-term savings sector.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic employees make up 10% of those holding entry level positions. At Executive and Board level this drops to just 2%. Improving diversity needs to be seen as a major long-term programme of cultural change that is properly resourced, planned, measured and monitored and supported by senior leadership.

Research on the socio-economic diversity of financial and professional services, published by the City of London, shows that employees from lower socio-economic backgrounds can take 25% longer to progress in the UK financial services sector. This ‘progression gap’, which has no link with performance, increases to 32% when considering those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds who also identify as Black.

Much more needs to be done to improve how our sector attracts, retains, progresses and includes diverse talent. This is the right thing to do, and it will help our industry to continue to thrive and reflect the customers that we serve. ABI research also shows that the sector needs to rapidly improve the data and the detail that it collects on employees in order to develop and monitor action plans, to put resources in place to deliver them and to set targets that will make a difference.

Our speakers will discuss the actions that work and how employers can create more inclusive workplace cultures in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and the new world of work that’s emerging. Speakers will also explore the importance of employee engagement and the use of data to monitor progress and inform action plans that create meaningful change.


2021 Speakers

Event Chair:

Maxine Goddard
Senior Vice President, Strategic Distribution & Development, Sompo International

Keynote Speakers:

Chika Aghadiuno
Group Enterprise Risk Director, Aviva

Sarah Atkinson
Chief Executive, The Social Mobility Foundation

Yvonne Braun
Director of Policy, Long Term Savings and Protection and Executive Sponsor, Diversity and Inclusion, ABI

Confirmed panel speakers:

Georgina Philippou
Senior Adviser, Financial Conduct Authority

Raj Morjaria
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Direct Line Group

Richard Iferenta
Chair, BITC Race Equality Leadership Team and Partner & Vice Chair, KPMG UK

Mel Newton
Partner, FS People Consulting, KPMG UK

Stef Kenyon
Assistant Director, Head of Campaigns and Marketing, ABI

David Otudeko
Assistant Director, Prudential Regulation, ABI

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Partner