Leading UK insurance company – and employer – Zurich Insurance recently announced it has joined The Valuable 500 movement by committing to put disability on its leadership agenda. As the first insurer to sign the pledge, Zurich has set out a series of initiatives to enable it to continue being a workplace where everyone has the same opportunities, regardless of any additional requirements they have.
These include a training programme for people managers to help them better support team members with additional needs. Also continuing to work closely with the DWP on its Disability Confident programme and supporting other companies as they work to secure accreditation.
Signing up to the pledge is a natural extension of work already underway by Zurich to support its customers and employees with disabilities.
· Being the first Disability Confident Leader in the insurance market and securing the highest possible accreditation level
· Improving access to its products and services in partnership with disability organisations and charities through the continued work of its Disability Inclusion Group
· Through numerous volunteering programs including mentoring young people with disabilities and work with charities including Leonard Cheshire’s Change 100 which works to improve the employment landscape for disabled people
The Valuable 500 initiative was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January with a goal to unlock the social and economic value of people living with disabilities across the world. In doing this, it has called on 500 national and multinational companies to join the movement by the end of 2019. Zurich in the UK is among the first 25 businesses to sign up.
Tulsi Naidu, Zurich’s CEO said, “The Valuable 500 allows us to make a clear statement – more needs to be done and Zurich will be at the forefront of that change. At Zurich UK we pride ourselves on being an employer where everyone regardless of their disability can reach their full potential.
“Disability rightly continues to become a prominent topic for employers and our society. Being inclusive of customers, employees and potential employees with disabilities not only makes business sense, it’s the right thing to do.”
For more information please visit thevaluable500.com.