Insurance sector’s Dive In Festival finds mental health and gender equity needed to improve diversity

A survey of 20,500 insurance industry professionals as part of the launch of the Dive In Festival 2022 found mental health is the leading issue that must be tackled to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the sector.

Some 68% named mental health, followed by 42% that said gender equity was the most pressing DE&I issue of the day. Racial equity polled 33%, followed by family and carer support at 30%.

The two-day Dive In Festival launched yesterday, with 150 events taking place across 40 countries under the theme ‘Building Braver Cultures’, aiming to create safer and more inclusive workplace environments for diversity.

Now in its eighth year, Dive In organisers said 43% of attendees believe the industry is now more diverse and inclusive.

The programme includes input from senior industry figures including Aviva’s Amanda Blanc and John Neal from Lloyd’s, alongside guest speakers including Olympic champion Nicola Adams OBE and news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Dominic Christian, global chairman of Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions and deputy chairman of Lloyd’s, said: “The world today is a challenging place, so it’s more important than ever that we help promote the importance of building braver cultures that allow everyone to feel safe and able to be their authentic selves each and every day.”

Aviva CEO Blanc added: “We have a long way to go before our industry is truly diverse. There is no agenda more important and the Dive In festival contributes greatly to a safer and more inclusive insurance industry.”

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