At AIG, we believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to our future and our mission – creating a foundation for a creative workplace that leads to innovation, growth, and profitability. Through a wide variety of programs and initiatives, we invest in each employee, seeking to ensure that our people are not only respected as individuals, but also truly valued for their unique perspectives.
In the UK, AIG Europe Limited is one of the largest companies specialising in the UK business insurance market. With offices throughout the country, we insure many of the UK’s top businesses, thousands of mid-sized and smaller companies, as well as many public sector organisations and millions of individuals. Over the past 50 years we have established an enviable reputation for developing innovative products that keep in step with new trends and directions in business.
The diversity of our people is one of AIG’s greatest assets and it is something for which we are very proud. Through our people, we learn how to better understand our clients, increase innovation, and reduce risk. That is why, as part of our journey to build the AIG of the future, we continue our focus on fostering a culture of inclusion that is designed to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent.
Life at AIG is rewarding: In our diverse and inclusive culture, employees and managers partner for each other’s success. It’s enriching: 65,000 men and women come together every day to make a difference in the lives of millions around the world. And it’s innovative: internationally: We build award-winning apps, develop and market new products, wrangle big data, and support clients everywhere with custom services and coverage. AIG is a global company filled with people from different backgrounds and with different skill sets. Each person is unique and, therefore, values different aspects about working with us.
At AIG, we work together to drive the development of an inclusive workplace. We also leverage education and cross-cultural experiences through Employee Resource Groups to build inclusive leaders and support employee engagement. To date, 12,000 employees have joined over 100 employee resource groups’ (ERGs) around the world.
“I feel proud to be part of a company where people are valued as much for their diverse perspectives as their knowledge and expertise. Being Co-Chair of SHINE – AIG UK’s Multicultural and Multi-faith Employee Resource Group – I have the opportunity to work with many enthusiastic individuals, who are deeply committed to promoting inclusion at all levels of the business. A project I feel particularly proud of driving forward is our new diversity framework called ‘BeingYou@AIG.’ Seeing the different strands of diversity and inclusion come together under a single platform to engage, inspire, and develop AIG people is hugely satisfying.” – Nazaneen Challawala-Hatimi, Head of Country Communications, North and South Europe
With our charitable contributions combined with employees passion for giving back, AIG is able to create enduring partnerships that improve lives and transform communities. I’m proud the range of our non-profit corporate partnerships reflects the diversity of our people and our support for inclusion. One of the projects I enjoy most is working with to encourage young women to take up STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Together we’ve reached over 1,000 students and have hosted events and collaborated in London and other European Cities, through to New York!” – Sarah Davies, Corporate Citizenship and Events Manager, AIG Europe Limited
I have recently taken over the role as co-chair of our UK Working Families and Carers employee resource group, planning events throughout our UK offices. Our mission is to enable employees to contribute at work with a high level of productivity, whilst maintaining a positive and healthy work like balance.
I have been involved in our company’s D&I policy in our regional offices, assisting in the promotion of our D&I roadshows and Dive-In Festival. These were platforms in which I helped to raise awareness of our employee resource groups and educate colleagues on the benefits these groups bring to our organisation.
It is vital that employees feel valued, respected and included in order for them to feel motivated and engaged in a culture where they can prosper and be themselves. This, not only benefits employees, but also the company in retaining and attracting the right people who will bring diversity and a unique set of skills to the organisation.
From a personal perspective, being part of the employee resource groups has enabled me to connect with others that I wouldn’t get the opportunity to do so in my day to day job. This has increased my network and introduced me to people in other business areas that I can now reach out to. I feel more engaged, I’ve learned some new valuable skills, met some inspirational people and finally, I am proud to be part of team that is helping to make my workplace a better place to be.
Amanda Geraghty, Office Manager, Glasgow
What made you want to work for AIG?
I started working for AIG 8 years ago, I was single and not thinking about families at the time so I chose my role based on company reputation, job description and the people I would be working with. I felt it was a good place to develop and grow in and there is lots of opportunity for training and development. I also really liked that it was a diverse company to work in as this is very important to me.
What is your current role and your current flexible working arrangement?
I am currently an Executive Assistant and I work 4 days a week but 3 in the office.
I find that its very manageable and everyone understand that my day off is my day off.
My manager (even though he doesn’t have a family) is very understanding that I need to leave on time to pick up my son and I never feel guilty if my son is ill and I need to take time off to look after him.
How you would describe AIG culture?
AIG’s culture has definitely changed since the time I have worked here. As well as modernizing with systems, working environment and providing more ways to network, there has been a huge improvement in employee benefits. The company has also become more adaptable and open to people working at different locations with a good solid flexible working policy for all. It is a friendly place to work with helpful colleagues and management do their best to keep employees informed of any changes, through town halls or internal communications.
Angel Dike, Executive Assistant to Chief Risk Office