A different kind of business
We are owned by a charity and our purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society. We grant a significant proportion of our profits to our charitable owner Allchurches Trust, which in turn invests them independently into the heart of communities.
We have increased our total charitable giving to £27.5m. Our giving has ranked 4th in the Directory of Social Change’s UK Guide to Company Giving and we are the number one insurer on the list. Every day you work with us, you are helping to change people's lives for the better.
We foster an open and responsible culture. In 2017 we made progress in a number of areas to support our employees, develop talent at all levels, encourage diversity and provide a positive and engaging working environment.
We celebrate our diversity, believe in ‘diversity every day’ and are challenging ourselves to improve our position.
We consider human rights risks to our business. This has led us to reaffirm our Living Wage status across our group and publish our Modern Slavery Act
Doing the right thing
Some of our key achievements include:
- retaining our Chartered Insurer status in the UK and Ireland – we are one of fewer than 30 insurers to achieve this in the UK
- launching a new General Insurance Academy to develop our talent
- retaining our title as one of the ‘Top Employers for Young People’ in Canada for the fifth year.
Committed to doing more
We’re proud to be one of the founding signatories to the Women in Finance Charter
and have set ourselves the target that by 2020 women will make up at least 30% of our senior management group. We published our Gender Pay Gap Report
ahead of the required deadline.
We aim to run our business in a responsible and sustainable way.
We manage our own impact on the environment through energy usage, waste and business travel. We also consider wider sustainability issues including climate change and ethical investment.
We believe managing and mitigating the direct impact of our business is an important consideration. We have approved an environmental management plan for premises managed by our UK facilities team.
Our carbon footprint
We audited our carbon footprint including our electricity usage which is now sourced from 76% renewable energy. We also monitor our fleet which achieved an average CO2 emission of 104g/km and continues to improve.
In our head office, we have a new waste management initiative in place. In the first month alone, we have increased cup recycling by a third and we will continue to track our progress.
Due to extra investment in recycling coffee grounds and glass in our London office, the building was recognised with a Gold Award with special commendation as part of the Clean City Awards Scheme.