Insurance Ireland has this week launched its Year of Inclusion to highlight inclusion best practices in its member companies and to draw on expert external resources to advance this work.
Insurance Ireland is partnering with external resources throughout the year including the 30% Club, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, the National Council for the Blind Ireland and the DiveIn festival for Diversity and Inclusion in Insurance which has grown to take place in multiple cities each September.
The launch event for the Year of Inclusion took place in the Shelbourne Hotel and attracted over 260 representatives from across the Insurance industry. This is the first of a series of events built around four quarterly themes of gender in Q1, LGBTI in Q2, ethnicity and age in Q3 and disability in Q4.
The keynote speaker was Charlotte Sweeney who is Vice-Chair of the UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills External Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel and led the City of London's Diversity Programme "The Power of Diversity".
The other speakers at the launch event were:
Frank Mee of Allianz Worldwide Care and Chair of the Inclusion Task Force
Terry Kelly Oroz, Head of Regulatory & Compliance at Irish Life Health
Sean McGrath, CEO at Allianz Plc
Carol Andrews, Managing Director and Head of EMEA Service Delivery, BNY Mellon & 30% Club Representative
Penny Bryant Head of Communications, Western and Central Europe, MetLife
Chief Executive at Insurance Ireland, Kevin Thompson said, "Today’s event is a result of the exceptional work of our Inclusion Task Force in recent years and is an important landmark in the process of further recognising and promoting diversity and inclusion in our member companies. This initiative is an opportunity for our industry to consider how to apply inclusion best practices for the benefit of current and future employees."