We believe everyone at Aviva should be able to be themselves.
Creating a diverse, inclusive organisation is a fundamental part of living up to our purpose of being with you today, for a better tomorrow. It means being there for all our people, serving all our customers well, and helping to contribute to fairer, more equal communities.
We are determined to keep challenging ourselves to do more to build a workplace – and society – that works for all.
Aviva Communities are our employee groups. They help ensure all our people have an equal voice and provide a global support network to strengthen our inclusion efforts across the business.
Women in leadership
To date we have:
- Increased female leadership to 32%, up from 28% in 2015 – and remain on track to meet our 2024 targets
- Ranked in the Sunday Times top 50 Employers for women
- Listed in the LinkedIn Top 25 Employers, “where people want to work”
*Defined as Head of and above.
Gender Pay Report
We recognise that accountability and transparency are key to progression. Our latest Gender Pay Report highlights our current performance and sets out the steps we are taking to improve the recruitment, retention and progression of our female employees.
Supporting ethnic minorities
We are focused on attracting, promoting and retaining more ethnic minority employees – across all levels of the business.
We are signatories of the Race at Work charter and have introduced a number of initiatives to support its five focus areas – from enabling career progression to capturing ethnicity data.
Leadership and development programmes
Working with the Diversity Practice, we have developed a bespoke ethnic minority leadership programme in the UK.
Launched in January 2020, 18 employees completed the first programme. In addition, line managers have received guidance on how to help these employees continue to develop their leadership skills.
Across our London, Norwich and Sheffield offices, we have also set up our Origins intern programme, supporting younger generations from minority backgrounds kick-start their career in financial services.
Since 2018, over 90 interns have completed the programme, many returning to our graduate programmes.
Black Lives Matter
We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organisation but we recognise that we haven’t done enough, and we are still on a journey to reach that goal.
Diversity data gathering
Gathering diversity insights from our employees helps us to provide support to those from minority backgrounds and learn how, where and when we need to intervene.
As at July 2021, 60% of our people opted to complete diversity data - we aim to increase that number to 70% by the end of 2021.
In addition to our charter signatories, we are working in partnership with a number of different organisations to drive positive change and help raise awareness around diversity and inclusion:
Tracking our progress
Our Global Inclusion Council monitors progress on our commitments. Our CEO is chair and all other members of the Executive Committee are involved in our inclusion Communities.