We run a global series of workshops aimed at raising awareness of our staff on the work-life issues of our LGBT colleagues. As a way forward there will be a focus on training our hiring and mobility managers on LGBT concerns. In the same spirit, we are reviewing our mobility guidelines to make sure they are fully inclusive.
Because we are all humans and should be granted equal rights and respect, we stand by our LGBTI employees and allies by supporting the “United Nations LGBTI* Standards of Conduct for Business”.
We do not tolerate discrimination based on age, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, or disability. We are fully respecting the human rights of LGBTI employees and we commit to support them in the workplace.
It’s a natural move as we want all AXA employees to feel valued for who they are and for the uniqueness each of them is bringing to work.
Allies@AXA_Pride is our global employee resource group focused on building an inclusive culture for our LGBT employees, providing a platform to discuss work-life issues and positioning AXA as an employer of choice for this community. The network is supported by senior executives across the Group.
Multiple efforts exist across AXA entities to create a supportive workplace climate for our staff. AXA in the US has consistently obtained a perfect score on the Human Right's Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index.
We continue to engage with leading global organizations such as Out & Equal and Stonewall (as a member of their diversity champion program) to ensure that we roll out best-in-class workplace programs as well as partner together to further the discussion for equality.
Also, AXA sponsored the first ever global study to analyze the importance of implementing effective policies to support LGBT people at work. The study's first results "LGBT Diversity: Show Me The Business Case" were published by Out Now, specialist in LGBT topics. The study measures the financial savings companies could make by creating the right inclusive environment for their workforce to feel safe to be out to all at work.
Leonora, business consultant at AXA Germany shares with us her feelings on work and how she lived her gender transitioning in the workplace. Discover her video testimonial:
Insurance is often viewed as a conservative field making it hard for many to reconcile their personal lives with their corporate lives.At AXA though, I didn't struggle with this, I was able to be me: the analytical, progressive and hardworking employee who also happens to be a gay male.I didn't have to hide any part of who I was to be successful, I could be me.
When I first joined Krungthai-AXA Life, I had to conceal who I truly am as a gay individual. I was afraid that I might not be accepted by my colleagues and that my sexual orientation would affect my career path. I looked for an opening to allow me to come out and be accepted. I found this within the Diversity & Inclusion community.
I am now a member of the D&I committee and can contribute my experience and attitude of diversity aspects to all staff and this has enabled me to be finally accepted through my D&I and routine work.
Each day I happily and eagerly contribute in my work and promote the importance of inclusion to everyone in my company.
*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender