The Insurance Cultural Awareness Network (iCAN), a UK-based entity formed in 2017 to advise and support multicultural inclusion and diversity within the insurance sector, recently released a statement following the recent murder of George Floyd in the US and subsequent protests around the world. iCAN asserted that it had much more work to do and encouraged those working in the insurance sector to take action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“At iCAN, we support you however you choose to further the Black Lives Matter movement. Whether it is through education, dialogue with senior leadership, broader employee engagement techniques, use of inclusive language and imagery, or sharing of best practices,” a statement from the organisation read.
It continued: “An important way in which we as a network can address racial inequality and social injustice is by continuing with our mission to advance those with ethnic minority backgrounds within insurance. Now in particular is a time to deliver on our commitment to make this a reality.
“At iCAN, part of our mission is to raise awareness among senior leaders across the insurance industry, urging them to utilise their position of privilege to implement vital change in the workplace. The fight against racism is everyone’s fight. It is essential work and we are here for you if you need support or to have conversations in a safe and supportive space.”
As such, iCAN is developing a three-part guide aimed at facilitating senior executive decision makers, D&I leaders, Employee Resource Group leaders, allies, and individuals in the activities for change. “The guide will contain practical advice on how everyone can take action, regardless of what position they hold in their organisation,” iCAN said. “We hope it will be a useful resource and one we can build upon in the future.”
There truly is strength in diversity – promoting diversity in the workplace is crucial to finding and hiring new talent with fresh ideas and experiences, as well as harnessing a working environment that is inclusive and inspiring to every member of the workforce.
The insurance industry has long been held under critical watch for its capacity to embrace diversity in its workforce, and with initiatives such as the Inclusive Insurance Pledge having been launched and organisations such as iCAN having formed, companies have been prompted to lead by example and take action against discrimination and abuse in the workplace.