Gender Diversity

Being able to attract, develop and retain talent is key to the success of our business.

We are proud signatory to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter, through which we have formally committed to addressing the gender imbalance in financial services. As one of the first signatories we made a commitment of 35% female representation across our management roles by 2021 which is something we are thrilled to have achieved. 

We already have a number of activities in place to support our ongoing commitment to gender equality, including; unconscious bias awareness, our new employer brand campaign, our family-friendly policies and the launch of a dedicated women’s forum.

Our commitment to gender diversity is led from the top, with our Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Furness, championing this important initiative.

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Our gender diversity story ‘at a glance’:

  • Women now make up 55% of our workforce and we have seen an increase in the percentage of female appointments and promotions into leadership roles from 36.7% in 2019 to 44.1% in 2020. 
  • We have seen good progress in women being appointed to senior management roles across the business but, perhaps most notably, 33% of our Executive Committee members are now women (3 of 9), from just one at the start of 2019. 
  • We remain a proud supporter of HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter and have continued to develop our internal support network through our dedicated learning and development platforms supporting our female talent. 
  • A healthy work/life balance is crucial to ensuring everyone can thrive at Covéa Insurance. Our aim is to make sure that, irrespective of gender and whatever their position in our organisation, our people have access to flexible working patterns from the outset of their career with us and as their careers develop. 
  • We have been recognised for our efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion by being shortlisted for and winning numerous industry awards, including the Staff Empowerment Award at the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion in Insurance Awards, and the Diversity Award at the 2020 Yorkshire Financial Awards. 
  • Our talent acquisition team is fully embedded across the organisation and committed to attracting diverse talent, including through our successful apprenticeship programme. We have seen a significant increase in the proportion of females joining our apprenticeship scheme from 17.6% in 2019 to 53.8% in 2020. 
  • We continue to be huge supporters of the “Tech She Can” charter, which aims to increase the number of women working in technology roles. We also support the Stemettes, promoting careers for women in STEM roles, by sharing role model profiles and showcasing our female digital talent. As a result, we have seen the number of females in our digital teams increase from 13.3% to 29.9% over the past year. 
  • We have not lost focus on our efforts to reduce our gender pay gap throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. We have remained committed to continuing our efforts, maintaining our internal support networks, and adapting events to the virtual environment to support both employees and those to whom we have made commitments externally.

Behind our Senior Claims Validation Specialist is a driver of culture and inclusion

Behind our senior manager for protection is someone who has integrated family life with a successful career

Behind our Head of Department is someone who's valued the business flexing to support her family's changing needs over the years