QBE Insurance Australia (QBE) has maintained its position as the highest-rated insurer on the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) and has received the Gold Employer status two years in a row for being among the country’s top LGBTQ inclusion employers.
The recognition was given at the 2020 Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards preliminary announcement, which was attended virtually by over 300 delegates. The main ceremony will take place in Sydney on October 19.
“I’m so proud to be part of a leading organisation in LGBTQ inclusion,” said personal lines chief customer officer Frank Costigan, who is one of the executive sponsors of QBE Pride.
“I have been incredibly impressed with the way the QBE Pride Committee has mobilised to deliver on our inclusion promise and equally as impressed with all QBE employees for championing this message of inclusivity across all areas of our business.”
The key findings of the AWEI, which are published annually by not-for-profit employer support programme Pride in Diversity, are part of the national benchmarking process for LGBTQ inclusion within workplaces in Australia.
Commenting on what QBE diversity and inclusion head Catherine McNair described as a prestigious award, she stated: “An inclusive workplace is not only the right thing to do, it’s embedded in our corporate DNA and is essential to delivering on our strategic plan and driving positive outcomes for our customers, people, and partners.
“Special thanks must go to our QBE Pride Committee who have contributed significant time and effort over and above their day jobs – this achievement would not have been possible without their dedication and sustained commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive culture at QBE.”