ABI launches charter for flexible working

A total of 27 firms have signed the Association of British Insurers’ Making Flexible Work Charter. Its aim is to attract and retain the best talent from all backgrounds to the sector, respond to the changing expectations of all employees and firms post-pandemic, and to improve gender equality in the industry.

Signatories range from Allianz Insurance and Aviva to Zurich Insurance.

Yvonne Braun, executive sponsor for diversity and inclusion at the ABI, said: “Today’s announcement represents one of the biggest ever commitments to increasing flexible working in financial services. By joining the Making Flexible Work campaign, firms will tackle the gender seniority gap and be able to attract and retain the brightest and best talent in our industry.

Amanda Blanc (pictured), group CEO at Aviva and HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Champion, said:“There are still too many barriers which stop women progressing in insurance. As an industry we need to do more, and do it quicker, to make the changes we all want to see. Flexible ways of working is one way, but it needs to be available to everyone.

“The pandemic has shown us the value of flexible working, but to truly level the playing field at the office and at home, both men and women should feel able to work flexibly.”

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