Dive in Festival year-on-year growth focused on world-wide D&I impact in 30+ countries and 60+ cities

September 23, 2019

  • Bahrain, Nigeria, Turkey, and Indonesia to hold events this year for the first time

  • 2019 marks the fifth year of the festival, which takes place from 24th – 26th September in over 60 cities and over 30 countries

  • 94% of festival attendees surveyed feel that inclusion is now a client facing issue

The global festival for diversity and inclusion (D&I) in insurance, Dive In, celebrates its fifth year in global style, with events taking place in six continents around the world.

 

To mark its fifth year, the festival conducted research from over 5000 of its attendees to learn that 94% of respondents understand that inclusion is a client facing issue. As companies wake up to inclusivity as a talent issue, they appreciate the need for their suppliers and partners to foster inclusive cultures in order to attract and retain the best people, understanding that it is no longer an internal issue, but a commercial concern.

 

Since its birth in 2015, Dive In has grown far beyond its roots to include some of the world’s largest insurance companies, brokers and associated service providers. A global movement aimed to support the development of inclusive workplace cultures, the insurance industry is the first to run a sector-wide global diversity and inclusion festival focused on workplace culture. The festival’s mission is to enable people to achieve their potential by raising awareness of the business case and by promoting positive action for diversity in all its forms.

 

Building on last year’s campaign of developing ‘awareness into action’, this year invites participants to consider ways to make an impact, under this year’s theme of ‘inclusion impact’.

 

Employees of all levels from over 30 countries also identified the most pertinent areas that the insurance industry needs to focus on, in order to build more inclusive workplaces as:

  • Gender Balance (54%)

  • Mental Health (47%)

  • Culture & Ethnicity (38%)

  • Family & Care Responsibility (28%)

Both the Middle East and the Americas highlighted gender equality as a key barrier to overcome, while mental health sits high on the agenda for Europe and the UK.

 

Commenting on the findings, Pauline Miller, Head of Talent Development and Inclusion at Lloyd’s comments: “More advanced markets have known for some time that D&I is not just a ‘nice to have’ but a commercial imperative, yet this research has made it clear that this is also the case all over the world. While addressing gender balance may be seen as the ‘first step’ in a company’s D&I journey, the research has shown that it is not the only step, as festival goers call for more work to be done in other areas such as mental health and culture and ethnicity. Attendees to this year’s festival will learn ways of creating positive action and creating an impact on all areas of D&I, from gender equality to disability.”

 

Jason Groves, Chair of the Dive In Committee (and Global Director of Media Relations at Marsh) said: “From a few small events in the London insurance market, the Dive In Festival has grown exponentially, gathering global momentum and spreading to countries where the issues around inclusion and equality can still be challenging. The adoption of the festival in places like Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria shows that more and more companies have become determined to build inclusive workplaces, enabling them to attract top talent. By coming together to share good D&I practices we can help them drive cultural change more effectively.”

 

The festival counts on the support of 20 sponsors from across the industry. This year, these are confirmed as: AIG, Aon, Aviva, AXA XL, Chubb, CNA, CNA Hardy, DLA Piper, Gallagher, Guy Carpenter, Kennedys, Lloyd’s, Markel, Marsh, Miller, MS Amlin, Oliver James, PwC, RMS, RSA, Willis Towers Watson, and Zurich.

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