From its Disability Confident Committed status in March 2017, to being named Disability Confident Employer in August of the same year, now major insurance company Zurich is a Disability Confident Leader under the Department for Work and Pensions scheme.
Reaching the highest level of certification, the Swiss firm is the first insurer to achieve the recognition for its efforts in raising awareness of issues associated with disability in the workplace. The scheme is aimed at improving how employers attract, recruit, and retain disabled staff.
“Zurich is leading the way for other employers by offering opportunities for disabled people and creating a more inclusive workforce,” said Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton MP. “I encourage other insurers to follow Zurich’s example and sign up to the Disability Confident scheme, sending a powerful message to potential employees that they will get the support they need to thrive in the workplace.”
Sophie Timms, head of UK corporate responsibility at Zurich, described the certification as a “fantastic achievement” and a reflection of the practices Zurich has put in place to create a more inclusive culture that affords disabled people greater opportunities.
“For example we support Volunteering Matters’, Inspiring Young Disabled People Programme which enables our employees to act as business mentors, helps build young people’s confidence and aspirations and provides them with work shadowing opportunities within Zurich, which their mentors support,” noted Timms.
Last year Zurich also won the APCRG (All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group) National Responsible Business Champion award for 2017 for its diversity and inclusion efforts.