Allianz has become a partner of the Women’s Engineering Society in a bid to create a more diverse workforce.

Gender diversity

German insurer Allianz has become a partner of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in a bid to create a more diverse workforce.

The insurer will attend events run by WES, share good practice as well as advertising engineering vacancies on the charity’s website and newsletter.

Both Allianz and WES aim to attract more women to their sectors as they share a common goal.

The insurance firm has a broader commitment is to have an ’inclusive workplace’.

This includes attracting, supporting and advancing women who work for the insurer.

Common challenge

Chris Little, Allianz’s director of engineering, construction and power said the issue of creating a more diverse workforce was something he was “particularly passionate” about.

He explained: “Attracting women to engineering roles is unfortunately a common challenge and one that Allianz engineering, construction and power also faces.

“Our partnership with WES supports our diversity programme and will enable us to access best practice advice in hopefully welcoming more women into engineering.”

The insurer openly publishes information about women working for them in senior positions on their website – these include Sinéad Browne its chief personnel and risk services officer of its global corporate and specialty and Helga Jung who is a member of the board at Allianz.

It also has a leadership programme for women where women can be sponsored by an executive at the firm, as well as a mentoring scheme, networking platform and career workshops.

Initiative for gender equality 

Last year research from recruitment firm Oliver James Associates revealed that there are too few women both in insurance and senior roles in the industry.

In July 2016 UK insurers’ industry body the ABI was one of the first cohort of signatories to the women in finance charter which aims to report on progress against the internal targets set on an annual basis.

The ABI’s initiative that now has over 300 signatories. The industry body aims to achieve a 45% to 55% female to male gender split across management positions by 30 June this year.

 

 

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