Allianz Australia has introduced gender affirmation leave, a new initiative that supports its commitment to creating an inclusive culture and safe environment for its people.
The new leave entitlement provides four weeks of paid leave and up to 12 months of unpaid leave for employees affirming their gender.
Commenting on the announcement, Allianz Australia managing director Richard Feledy said: “The introduction of our new leave entitlement is indicative of our continued focus on creating an environment and culture where everyone feels safe, and has a sense of belonging, in order to do their best work.
“I am very proud that Allianz has taken this important step. Yet, despite growing awareness of the struggles that transgender people face, I acknowledge there is more work to be done, and as an organisation, we have an unwavering commitment to continually better our support for our people, who are at the heart of everything we do,” he continued.
The launch follows the company's introduction of its overall Gender Affirmation Policy, which details the support available to employees affirming their gender, people leaders, and colleagues and allies. It takes place during the company's diversity & inclusion month, which features a host of (virtual) events and digital resources.
Brendan Dunne, the chief customer services officer and pride executive sponsor at Allianz Australia, commented: “Everyone wants to feel a sense of belonging, safety, and acceptance while at work. A major focus for our employee network, Allianz Pride, is on reviewing policies and procedures and educating the rest of the company on the issues faced by the LGBTI community. This important work helps facilitate an open corporate culture which values the diversity of all employees.”