BLM becomes the first law firm to commit to insurance diversity pledge

22 Jan 2019

BLM has become the first law firm to officially sign up to The Inclusive Behaviours in Insurance Pledge, an initiative set up by Lloyd’s of London and Zurich to demonstrate the insurance industry’s commitment to creating a “culture where inclusive behaviours become the norm and where everyone is accepting of diversity.

So far, The Pledge has been signed by over 100 companies. Organisations include the Association of British Insurers, Aviva, AXA, Brit, Chubb, CNA Hardy, Direct Line Group, Hiscox, JLT, QBE, RSA, The Ardonagh Group, Tokio Marine Kiln, Zurich and many more.

BLM senior partner, Matthew Harrington, said: “The insurance industry, much like the legal sector, has come a long way with regards to diversity and inclusion. For us, ensuring we have a diverse workforce isn’t about ticking a few boxes; it’s much deeper than that. It’s about creating an inclusive workplace which reflects the diverse nature of the communities in which we work.

“Committing to becoming a diverse workforce will not only help us to attract the best talent who bring with them diverse ideas, but it also shows our existing workforce that we’re working hard to deliver on our commitment. We know that embracing difference contributes positively to a flourishing workforce and in turn, will help us to deliver on business growth.”

As a signatory, BLM has pledged that its people will:

  • be treated with respect, courtesy and dignity
  • be treated in a manner free from discrimination and objectification
  • not be harassed, bullied or victimised
  • be dealt with in an honest, transparent and legal way.

The firm has also committed to take action if:

  • our employees are harassed in any way, either by fellow employees, suppliers, customers or business partners
  • our employees are treated differently or discriminated against due to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion/belief, gender or sexual orientation
  • there is any abuse of position or seniority, particularly when directed at those more vulnerable or more junior than ourselves.

The firm’s partnership has committed to:

  • ensure our organisation has a clear procedure for reporting any inappropriate or discriminatory behaviour
  • regularly communicate on the importance of inclusive behaviours
  • ensure there are significant repercussions for the perpetrators of such behaviour
  • lead by example and ensure all fellow employees in our business do the same
  • call out inappropriate behaviour or discrimination, even when it is uncomfortable to do so. We will not be bystanders.

BLM has been recognised for its commitment to diversity and inclusion, having been ranked amongst the Inclusive Top 50 UK employers by Inclusive Companies. Those also ranked from the insurance sector include Allianz and Direct Line Group, in addition to companies such as Bloomberg, EY, Sky and our charity partner MIND.

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