Diversity is what makes us great

People

22 July 2019

Regardless of our differences we all have something to bring to the table. And at AXA, recognising diversity means we can attract the greatest talent. We can harness and develop their skills and create a brilliant place to work. We believe a happy and engaged workforce, that strives to celebrate diversity, enables us to be the very best we can be for all our customers.

We have strong Diversity and Inclusion agenda that goes beyond just focusing on the Protected Characteristics of the Equality Act 2010. We really want to achieve a culture where everybody can bring 100% of themselves to work. After all, different people working together make an organisation more dynamic and stronger.

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We currently have five employee resource groups, all of which are helping us embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do, every day.

AXA ABLE

Aiming to drive disability and carer-friendly improvements in the workplace. The group provide support and networking opportunities for employees and family members and promote activities within AXA which raise awareness about disabilities and cares.

AXA BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnics)

Our newest employee resource group was formed in 2017. It aims to raise awareness about the value of ethnicity in the workplace and the importance of a diverse workforce. We champion the belief that every employee should have equal access to work and the opportunity to reach their potential. Regardless of ethnicity, background or circumstance.

AXA Gender Equality

We’re committed to creating a working environment in which there is inspiration, support and no boundaries that could hold back progression. We believe that equality is a right. The group aims to ensure that everyone has that right by sharing knowledge, raising awareness and encouraging networking that promotes gender balance across our entire business.

AXA Pride

AXA Pride is comprised of LGBT+ employees and friends to promote LGBT+-friendly changes in our workplace. The group provides support and networking opportunities for all our employees and members, and organise activities within AXA that raise awareness about our LGBT+ community.

AXA Working Families

As an employer, we empowers our employees to achieve a work/life balance. We appreciate that all families are different. So having a group that offers support can really help with the juggling act so many of us have to manage.

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We know that when it comes to diversity and inclusion we don’t have the answers to everything. So to help, we’ve formed a number of partnerships that are supporting us on our journey:

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Business in the Community (BITC)

Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. And we’re members of the Business in the Community Race and Gender campaigns.

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Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion

The Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion is the UK’s leading employer network, covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. In 2018, we were awarded the ENEI Disability Confident Award and shortlisted for Inclusive Employer of the year. We also achieved Silver Status in the 2018 Talent Inclusion & Diversity Evaluation benchmark.

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Stonewall

AXA has been a Stonewall champion for many years. Stonewall works with employers to create inclusive and accepting cultures, to ensure employers understand and value the huge benefits brought to them by the LGBT+ community, and to empower institutions as advocates and agents of positive change.

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Women Ahead

AXA started working with Women Ahead in 2017. We’re also members of the 30% Club that aims to develop the diversity and inclusion of organisations, as well as the pipeline and equality of women at all levels of the career pyramid. Our ultimate ambition being to attract, develop and retain women as they reach board roles.