Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to developing and maintaining a culture of equality and diversity in the workplace

We wish to provide a supportive and welcoming workplace environment, which represents the communities and cultures within which we live and work. We have a huge diversity of talent from all walks of life, each with unique experiences and perspectives, all of whom can make a difference.

We believe in equal opportunities for all employees, regardless of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

Our Group D&I committee is chaired by Group HR Director Diahann Williams and Kelly Lyles, a non-executive director.

The committee develops and drives our D&I agenda globally to continue to attract and retain the talent, and continue to create an inclusive culture that values and supports every employee. In 2022, we recruited a dedicated Group Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager to lead and further drive our D&I agenda.

Our global principles

Diversity

Engage

Our business leaders across the Group agree to diversity priorities and build commitment.

Attract

Tap into a broader talent to hire diverse skills, experiences and perspectives

Develop

Identify our talent and provide opportunities and development for our people to grow

Inclusion

Conversation

Create opportunities for meaningful dialogue, listening and learning across the Group to build awareness and understanding of our differences.

Education

Enable and equip our people to understand, be comfortable with and leverage differences.

Develop

Leverage and activate different groups and perspectives across the business to create momentum and deliver our D&I plan.

Our initiatives

Here are just a few examples of in-flight initiatives

All of Us

At Howden, we are proud of our people first culture – but we are committed to do more.

We’re using our collective power to create an environment where all of us can thrive, reach our full potential and continue to build a business we can be proud of.

Through our two-year global AllofUs campaign, every colleague around the world is encouraged to make a pledge to make a difference.

Just some examples of how our AllofUs pledges are driving change across our businesses:

  • Over 100 branches in the UK are partnering with local education providers to attract young talent into insurance
  • Our team in New Zealand is embedding Māori into their culture and communications to support Māori as an under-represented group
  • We’re helping people fleeing war zones to find job opportunities
  • We’re rolling out inclusive leadership training globally

With colleagues around the world making pledges that help to attract, retain and develop people from all walks of life, we are reinforcing our commitment to making Howden the very best place to work, for AllofUs.

All of Us

All of Us

Watch the launch video for the All of Us campaign, where employees across the world can make a pledge to make a difference

Respect

Respect is an employee initiative with active volunteers across many Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) with the mission of making every employee feel valued and respected.

Respect's objectives are:

  • Help create a positive experience for every employee
  • Educate employees at all levels
  • Help tackle the key issues facing our workforce
  • Influence and collaborate with HR
  • Support the attraction and retention of talent
  • Become industry leaders in culture and inclusion
     

The ERGs tackle the issues that matter to employees and that help to create an inclusive, positive workplace for everyone:

  • Gender balance
  • Multiculturalism
  • Mental health
  • Our behaviours
  • LGBTQ+
  • Disability
  • Women’s health
  • Parents at work
  • Generations
  • Wellbeing
Howden's Respect group at their 2024 away day

2023 Pride at Howden

Our Pride month events in 2023 included a lunch-and-learn ‘LGBTQ+ History through the lens of switchboard logs’ and Drag Bingo in our London and DUAL Australia offices, raising money for Switchboard and Twenty10 respectively.

Both events were a huge success, with the Sydney office raising over $22,000. But the biggest win was the great feedback from employees about how they felt included and that they could be open to their colleagues.

DUAL employees with the host of Drag Bingo
Two Howden colleagues talking

Gender pay gap

We are committed to reducing our gender pay gap by having transparency in how we recruit talent, along with how we recognise and develop talent.