Maurice’s message to our people - June 2020
To all my colleagues at Aviva,
On Tuesday I joined many of you and had the opportunity to share my thoughts – my personal thoughts as a father, a husband and colleague.
Like so many of you, the events of the recent weeks have left me feeling sad and angry. There have been too many black lives cut short. The struggles, the marginalisation, the violence have been part of our society for far too long.
Confronting my own position of privilege has been uncomfortable, but it is one thing to be saddened and angry and another to do something about it. I recognise that inequality runs deep and cannot be tolerated and we, at Aviva, have to be part of the change.
What does this mean for our organisation? Aviva has worked hard to be a diverse and inclusive business. But I know that we need to do much more and ambition on its own is not enough. We are falling short of what you expect and now is the time to address that. This matters to me and I know it matters to you.
This is about considered action. We are going to take the time to understand what this business needs to do differently and the steps it needs to take - for all our people.
We need to take the time for difficult conversations. Valuing and seeking out others’ views and opinions, stories and ideas for change. I want to thank all of you who have written to me and the wider leadership team, letting us know how you are feeling and what you have experienced. You have shared your personal challenges and your experiences, and I want to repay your honesty with action.
I encourage all of you to reach out to those who may be suffering, be that a colleague, a family member, a friend. Have the courage to speak out and let’s keep working for a better tomorrow.
Change won’t happen overnight. I know that. We have a lot of work to do at Aviva. But we will move forward. We need to get this right.