HFG proactively researches diversity initiatives that arise
throughout the insurance industry and also attend any relevant conferences or events that take place.
Also, as a result of the huge impact that diversity has had on the market in recent years, HFG run Women In Insurance networking events. These events aim to bring together women from the industry to network with peers and colleagues and find out more about the challenges and obstacles that leading women in their field have come across.
Part of the research that has come up as a part of our diversity activity was the Opportunity Now: Project 28 – 40 report conducted by PwC. This report provided us with a number of interesting discussion points in industry meetings with clients and candidates. The report highlighted some common key points including;
- 28 – 40 is a critical age for career development, there should be an emphasis on asking for mentors and building networks
- Childcare and Flexible Working are key areas that need to improve to encourage more women back to work quicker
- It is key that employers recognise that all needs are not the same and more support is needed
All of these points and many more were covered again in the recent Inclusion at Lloyd’s diversity initiative – DiveIn Festival. HFG attended several of the events during the 4 day conference including; Women in Insurance, Cultural DNA: Unconscious Bias, Aiming High (how to excel in the world of Insurance), ‘Out’ in the market and Workability. By focusing on a number of key areas the conference highlighted that there are other areas that need to be addressed in the market other than the most obvious gender issue. It is great that diversity has become such a talking point in the market and may this be the start of some positive changes to position Insurance market as a diversity leader.
As well as running our Women in Insurance event, HFG also can also run diversity reports on client placements on a quarterly basis and also records diversity information when registering candidates to our systems.