Insurance risk and commercial law firm, BLM is proud to announce that it has joined the Association of British Insurers’ (ABI) #MakingFlexibleWork campaign and charter.
The ABI's campaign launched earlier this year with the aim to increase flexible working, including job sharing and part time working - and narrow the gender seniority gap in the Insurance and Long-Term Savings Sector
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for flexible working, and research from the Government Equalities Office shows that 9 out of 10 job seekers want increased flexibility.
BLM People Director, Liz Partington, said: “We have long recognised that increased flexible working helps us to attract the best talent possible and can open career opportunities; not just for women but for those with different backgrounds and experiences. Joining the ABI’s campaign is one way that we are continuing to develop and maintain our culture of equality, diversity and inclusion for both existing and future talent. We are looking forward to working with the team at the ABI to raise awareness of such an important campaign which supports us all in retaining diverse talent, as well as making a difference to reduce the gender seniority gap.”
Yvonne Braun, Executive Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion at the Association of British Insurers said: “The three commitments in the Making Flexible Work Charter will help firms in our sector improve flexible working for everyone and reduce the gender seniority gap at the same time. It’s great news that BLM has signed up to the Charter today and joined 27 other firms in taking this important step. We hope that many more organisations will recognise the need for action and be inspired to follow suit.”
In 2019 BLM became the first law firm to 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. The firm has also been ranked in a list of the Top 50 UK employers for inclusiveness for two years running.