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Aviva makes top 50 employers for women

We are proud to have been named in the 2021 Times Top 50 Employers for Women, compiled by gender equality experts at Business in the Community.

This recognises the work we're doing to promote gender balance and inclusion in the workplace. We’re committed to address barriers to gender balance and make sure we retain talented women at Aviva and support their progression.

Commenting on this recognition, Chief People Officer, Danny Harmer, said: "It’s a fantastic achievement to be named again in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women. 

"This recognises the great work we’re doing to retain, and support the progression of, our talented women.

It’s a fantastic achievement to be named again in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women. 
Danny Harmer, Aviva's Chief People Officer

“During the pandemic, carers who are more likely to be women have taken on even more additional responsibilities in lockdown alongside their paid work. We know this can impact wellbeing and potentially career progression as well. 

“It makes our policies, such as Aviva’s ground-breaking approach to parental leave, even more important. But there is still a lot we can do and this remains at the top of our agenda.”

Charlotte Woodworth, Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: “COVID-19 has shone a light on how far we have to go on gender equality: by having to pick up things like the bulk of extra caring responsibilities, women have been disproportionately affected by lockdown.

"We congratulate the many employers who have maintained their efforts towards gender equality at this time, often introducing innovative policies to support their workforce during this period. 

"This year’s application process for The Times Top 50 Employers for Women was the most competitive one we have seen in five years. Employers like Aviva haven’t forgotten women at work and they are committed to making gender inequality a thing of the past.”

Read more about the Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

Read more about Diversity & Inclusion at Aviva.

Joe Booth

Group External Communications

Heleana Greeves

Group Financial and Corporate Communications

Notes to editors:

  • For information on how Aviva is helping our people, customers and communities impacted by COVID-19 visit: www.aviva.com/covid-19-our-response/
  • We exist to be with people when it really matters, throughout their lives – to help them make the most of life. We have been taking care of people for more than 320 years, in line with our purpose of being ‘with you today, for a better tomorrow’.
  • In 2020, we paid £30.6 billion in claims and benefits to our customers. 
  • Aviva is invested in our people, our customers, our communities and our planet. In 2021, we announced our plan to become a Net Zero carbon emissions company by 2040, the most demanding target of any major insurance company in the world. This plan means Net Zero carbon emissions from our investments by 2040; setting out a clear pathway to get there with a cut of 25% in the carbon intensity of our investments by 2025 and of 60% by 2030; and Net Zero carbon emissions from our own operations and supply chain by 2030. Aviva has been leading this agenda for decades: Aviva was the first international insurer to go operationally carbon neutral in 2006 and we are champions of renewable energy and energy storage at our offices, allowing us to achieve our 2030 carbon reduction target (70% reduction on 2010 levels) 10 years early. Find out more about our climate goals at www.aviva.com/climate-goals and our sustainability ambition at www.aviva.com/sustainability.
  • Aviva is a Living Wage and Living Hours employer and provides market-leading benefits for our people, including flexible working, paid carers leave and equal parental leave. Find out more at www.aviva.com/social-purpose
  • We are focused on the UK, Ireland and Canada where we have leading market positions and significant potential. We will invest for growth in these markets. We will also transform our performance and improve our efficiency. Our transformation will be underpinned by managing our balance sheet prudently, reducing debt and increasing our financial resilience.
  • Total group assets under management at Aviva group are £535 billion and our Solvency II capital surplus is £13.0 billion (FY20). Our shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and we are a member of the FTSE 100 index.
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