AXA UK becomes Disability Confident Leader
Disability Confident Leader is the top level of a scheme encouraging employers to hire and advance people with disabilities
3rd December is the International Day of People with Disabilities
AXA employees are invited to a panel on accessibility and a webinar on neurodiversity
AXA UK has become a Disability Confident Leader, as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has granted the insurer the highest level of recognition in a scheme that encourages employers to recruit, retain and develop people with disabilities.
The news is being announced on Tuesday 3 December to coincide with the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD), a United Nations (UN) initiative which has chosen ‘The Future Is Accessible’ as its 2019 theme.
In the UK, 7.6 million working-age people have a disability. Supported by the DWP, Disability Confident (DC) is a voluntary scheme developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives. It encourages employers to improve how they recruit, retain and develop people with disabilities.
The scheme has three levels:
- Disability Confident Committed Employer (level 1)
- Disability Confident Employer (level 2)
- Disability Confident Leader (level 3)
To reach the top level, besides previous commitments regarding recruitment, adjustments and support, businesses must: employ people with disabilities; report on disability, mental health and wellbeing; and act as a Disability Confident champion within their local and business communities.
Mark Howes, AXA PPP healthcare’s COO, and Executive Sponsor of the Able Employee Resource Group commented, “We are thrilled to have achieved the top level of recognition in the Disability Confident scheme for employers. It shows how committed we are to recruiting from the widest possible pool of talent – and retaining that talent. This diversity is crucial to better compete in our chosen markets. But it is far more than this: being a Disability Confident Leader really shows us living our values and embracing inclusion. By building a diverse workforce that reflects our customers, we can better serve them. This official accolade says we are a business that cares.”
Dan Neill, MI Analyst at AXA PPP healthcare said, “Three years ago, a period of depression and a passing comment from my wife led to me being diagnosed autistic. Far from being limiting, this has been one of the most personally and professionally liberating periods of my life. AXA encourages me to embrace my differences, which are seen as strengths, and to bring 100% of me to work each day.”
To celebrate the International Day of People with Disabilities on 3 December, AXA employees are invited to join a lunchtime event in London featuring Emma Case, the Founder of Women Beyond The Box, an online platform for neurodivergent women; Marianne Waite, the Director of The Valuable 500 Campaign; professional speaker Steven Dowd, who was paralysed from the neck down in a cycling accident; and Paul Dockerty, Wellbeing Consultant at AXA UK. In the afternoon, Case will also hold a webinar on neurodiversity.
In July 2012 the AXA Commercial Lines and Personal Intermediary businesses came together to form a new single organisation – AXA Commercial Lines and Personal Intermediary. Led by Amanda Blanc, the business offers brokers a more integrated and consistent approach from AXA which is focussed on their needs as a business – whatever the product. AXA Commercial Lines & Personal Intermediary provides underwriting expertise, offering a range of commercial lines and personal lines products and insurance solutions to our brokers and customers. AXA Commercial & Personal Intermediary is part of AXA Group, a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management serving 101 million clients.
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