In the UK, Allianz Insurance employs over 4,200 people across a network of offices. The company’s Head Office is situated in Guildford, Surrey. They have additional support services with over 1,000 people based in Trivandrum, India.
Allianz Insurance offer commercial insurance with a full range of products for sole traders, right up to large commercial organisations. They also provide musical insurance, legal expenses insurance and pet and equine insurance.
People are at the heart of what we do, and we believe that embracing difference is important.
We’re committed to building an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity, supports different ways of doing things and creates fair opportunities for all of us. This commitment recognises and values the creative potential that individuals of different backgrounds and abilities bring to their work.
We strive for excellence at every stage of the customer journey, and believe that having a strong focus on diversity and inclusion enables us to better understand the customers we serve. Fostering a workplace environment where diversity is celebrated and all voices and perspectives are valued helps us to design products and services that meet the needs of a diverse population.
Allianz’s business strategy recognises ‘Enabling our People’ and ‘best employee experience’ as key enablers in reaching our goals. Nurturing a culture where our employees feel safe and encouraged to bring their full selves to work, with all of their abilities and talents, is essential for building the high performing workforce of tomorrow that we need to achieve our strategy.
We have a D&I ambition driven by beliefs that guide our work:
· We believe in equality of opportunity and are committed to creating a fair environment where people can succeed regardless of race, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic background.
· We embrace the uniqueness of our employees because we understand the strength of our business lies in the diverse contributions everybody can make.
· We champion environments where we celebrate diversity and people are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas with confidence to help us arrive at excellent solutions for our customers.
· We are inspired to create a workforce which reflects our community and customers.
For me, it’s all about embedding an inclusive culture, and that takes time to grow and develop. We’ve also taken concrete steps, like partnering with Mind, that have a strong and hopefully lasting impact. D&I isn’t something separate from the business that’s owned by a few individuals or the HR team. We really want to bring it into the heart of our culture and strategy and have taken various steps to either amplify the existing good or drive change.
Jon Dye has been Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Holdings plc and Allianz Insurance plc since 2013. He joined the company in 2003 and previous roles include General Manager of Allianz Retail and Director, Claims. Prior to joining Allianz Jon worked at Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SA, in a variety of claims roles, and Commercial Union.
A former solicitor, Felix moved to Allianz Insurance in 2011 and has since worked in a variety of operational and people leadership positions as well as project management and change roles. He is currently the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer.
Since I joined in 2011 Allianz has changed a lot. It’s much more multicultural and the business has actively pursued its inclusion and diversity strategy.
I co-founded our Employee Network for Race and International Cultural Heritage (ENRICH) in late 2018. We’re a well-supported, vibrant, active community of members of all backgrounds. We provide support, networking opportunities and our mission is to help our colleagues gain confidence, help the business become more culturally aware and reap the myriad benefits of inclusion. ENRICH organises awareness events, networking opportunities and celebrates international culture but we also shape the direction of the company; via input to HR policy, meeting with D&I Steerco that ExCo members including our CEO sit on and enhancing the skills of our members.
Through ENRICH’s work last year, the business signed up to a key race charter and we also created a Race at Work group comprised of key influential senior leaders to drive organisational and policy change. In May 2021 we undertook an in-depth Race at Work survey for all employees to tell us about their experiences and that’s now setting the priorities for the action we’re taking to further enhance the working experience for all.
Being part of our thriving employee network community has allowed me to grow professionally, expanded my thinking and created opportunities to influence the company, both nationally and globally. This isn’t always easy in a large corporate organisation, but it demonstrates Allianz’s commitment that the networks are pushing things forward for all employees, which helps our customers and positively influences society at large.
A former Life insurance claims handler and cabaret performer, Scarlet Marie moved to Allianz insurance in 2015 to begin her new career as a Motor Claims handler. Scarlet quickly became involved in promoting Diversity and inclusion within our workplace, and after coming out as transgender during the pandemic proudly became our first global transgender ambassador and co-lead for our LGBT+ employee network, Allianz Pride UK.
Since starting my career at Allianz insurance it has been clear that Diversity and Inclusion is important to the organisation and there is a clear commitment to ensure people from all
backgrounds are included. No matter your religion, race, gender or sexuality, you matter – and this extends to our customers, partners and suppliers in all their diversity.
I came out as transgender during the global pandemic and soon after accepted a position as Allianz Pride UK Network Co-Leader as well as the very first Allianz transgender ambassador. These positions have given my voice even more power, which now reaches beyond Allianz UK to influence Allianz as a global organisation.
Supported by our incredible COO Stephanie Smith, our Allianz Pride UK network regularly holds events to raise awareness of a range of issues affecting the LGBTQ community. We work to break down harmful stereotypes and strive to make a real difference within the insurance industry when it comes to furthering LGBTQ inclusion. To us, this means supporting the LGBTQ community every day of the year, rather than simply flying the flag during Pride month.
Allianz has introduced gender neutral facilities to support transgender and gender-fluid employees, and offered me a platform in my position as transgender ambassador to run a number of educational webinars and seminars. These initiatives are examples of the positive action Allianz has taken to bring its diversity and inclusion strategy to life and create a workplace culture that truly embraces everyone.
Allianz is a world-wide family that doesn’t rely on empty words or promises – the company truly champions change and understands the value of welcoming and supporting people from all walks of life.
Insurance is no longer suits and ties. I believe our company celebrates diversity, and offers a fantastic opportunity to those wanting to make a difference in the course of their career. If you want to be yourself and live authentically Allianz will support you, and it is with that that I know I will be with Allianz for my entire working life.
For Allianz I can tell you that Diversity and Inclusion are an important area for us. It is gratifying to be recognised on the Top 50 ranking again confirming Allianz as a great place to work. We strive to improve our employee experience, despite the headwinds that sometimes present themselves, and recognise the importance of D&I being embedded in what we do as part of that effort. Our executive sponsors and committed central teams are supported by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable employee-led networks who help us identify and remove barriers, support inclusion and drive change. It’s about enabling people to feel confident that they are in an environment where they can always give and show the very best of themselves.