Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity calls for an open mind. Having that open mind benefits each and everyone of us and the larger company we work for – Allianz.

So we allow people to be themselves and support them to be their best at Allianz. That's the core principle of diversity.

Our commitment

We believe that it is important to have a diverse and inclusive workforce. An employee’s age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation is an opportunity that we want to embrace so we can find the best talent. Employing people from different backgrounds and making them feel included is, in our view, a major driving force behind the existing success of our global company.

We also want to better understand the diverse needs of our customers. The more we understand, the better our products and services will be. We could even look for specially tailored solutions to meet their needs.

Allianz has a zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination and harassment and carries out measures to promote inclusion. This is measured annually in our employee engagement survey.

Allianz does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. All recruitment decisions are based solely on qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience and relevant business requirements. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments as required during the application/interview process and/or once in post.

Our Workplace Diversity – Where do you fit in?

  • Our employees reflect our customers. The needs of diverse customers are addressed by a growing variety of products and services.
  • We have a dedicated wellbeing intranet site, which provides a wealth of information and hold regular events to support a positive working environment for our employees.
  • Women make up 45% of our workforce in the UK and hold 31% of our management positions. We support female high potentials to develop their careers through sponsorship and mentoring. In 2013, Allianz Group was one of the Fortune Global 200 companies with the highest percentage of female board directors.
  • We create a diverse workforce by proactively recruiting and including employees with disabilities. Employee profiles
  • We recognise the importance of reducing the impact of unconscious bias on decision making in various business areas. Therefore, managers and executives take compulsory unconscious bias awareness training.

  • We promote flexible working – this helps employees to balance their work and personal life and contributes to their overall wellbeing. Employee profiles
  • We have employees of all ages (the average age is 39), and we believe having a range of ages and nationalities in teams provides various perspectives in support of our customer groups.
  • We have a strong commitment to training and development - In 2014, 67% of Allianz employees underwent at least one training course and 62% of all management vacancies were filled internally.
  • Through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, we run a volunteering scheme, which allows employees up to 10 hours volunteering leave per year. Allianz supports a variety of forms of volunteering; recognising that it is a personal choice and, therefore, employees should be free to choose their activity.
  • We conduct an annual engagement survey and in 2014, we achieved our second highest ever score. The results prompt leadership discussions which lead to tangible follow-up actions every year.

How do we ensure we are doing the right things?

We work closely with a number of organisations, including The Business Disability Forum, http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/ to ensure we are disability-smart. The business benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce are proven; stronger leadership, more productive employees, more effective talent recruitment, more innovative products and the use of new technology. These factors create stronger customer relationships, happy employees and a better overall reputation for the company. We have been granted the Disability Confident accreditation which recognises the good things that we already do in terms of employing and supporting disabled people and which challenges us to improve even further.

We have created networks for parents and employees who have elderly dependents to look after, to enable us support each other in achieving a positive work life balance.

Allianz SE’s Global Diversity Council ensures the implementation of a diversity strategy in all Allianz. In the UK, The Diversity in Action Steering Committee is chaired by Jon Dye, the Allianz UK CEO.

Allianz UK is now proud to be an official partner of the ParalympicGB team and the British Paralympic Association. The Allianz business was also one of the first worldwide partners of the International Paralympic Committee. Allianz will be supporting more nations’ Paralympic teams at the 2016 games in Rio than any other company. These partnerships signal Allianz’s commitment to inclusivity across both its customers and employees and a recognition that Paralympic sport inspires us to create a better world for disabled people.

In 2016, we were proud to be nominated and then win the Excellence in Diversity Award 2016 in the Private Sector category! It was great to be able to share our range of diversity and inclusion activities, including our learning and development workshops, SignVideo service for customers, as well as our sponsorship of the ParalympicsGB team and Saracens.  

Two of our Values (find out more about Allianz Values) are ”Responsible” and “Caring” and equal opportunity is at the heart of our recruitment process and employment. You’ll be judged on your suitability for the job and nothing else. When you apply you’ll be asked if you need any adjustments during the recruitment process. You don’t need to answer, if you would prefer not to; we only ask because having a diverse workforce is important to us. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of disabled candidates and employees - whether that's through better access or the right equipment or alternative formats for literature - so please contact us at hr-recruitment@allianz.co.uk if you need support in any aspect of your application.

Putting diversity and inclusion into practice

Practising diversity and inclusiveness is a key competitive factor and will ensure that we have the best people in the right job based on merit, aptitude and ability regardless of their background or personal circumstances. We need the best person in the role so that we can perform to our best as a company. Employees drive innovation, customer service and create best practice so it is important to us that we enable these people to achieve their goals so they can help us achieve ours. We want Allianz to be a great place to work and to be a company that offers outstanding service. We can only do this through teamwork which is why recruiting the right people for the right roles is a key priority for us.

To aid us in being more inclusive through recruitment, we utilise a number of key job boards

Allianz is proud to join more than 140 firms from the financial services sector in signing the HM Treasury ‘Women in Finance Charter’ – a commitment to gender balance across financial services.

The Women in Finance Charter was created in March 2016. Its main goal is to support gender diversity at all levels within financial firms and to build a more balanced and fair industry.

Jon Dye, CEO is our senior sponsor and Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Steering group. We’ve committed to achieving a minimum of 35% female representation across our management population by 2020. We already have a number of activities in place to support our commitment to gender equality, from unconscious bias e-learning through to ensuring diversity is reflected in our recruitment process. Our networking and development programmes, such as the Allianz Women in the City and the new JET Women’s programme, connect leaders with rising talent and forums which actively support our people in achieving their full potential.