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Diversity & Equality

The CII values and respects diversity and strives in all its activities to take account of and reflect the interests if all the people it serves.

Diversity values the differences which exist between people. These differences are embraced to promote an environment where everyone's characteristics are valued, respected and fully utilised.

Equality is a shorthand term referring to the range of work aimed at ensuring the full and fair participation of marginalised or under-represented groups, where these groups may be excluded from full and fair participation as a result of discrimination and disadvantage, or other barriers.  This has a particular reference to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010 which are age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation and transgender.

The CII values and respects diversity and strives in all of its activities to take account of and reflect the interests of all the people it serves in line with section 5 of the CII Code of Ethics.

It seeks to:

  • Promote ethical business and professional practices among persons engaged or employed in insurance or financial services
  • Employ staff from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Whilst the CII is not a public body it does have a public interest function in line with its Charter. The CII is not obliged to comply with the Equality Act and the Equality Duty; however, as part of CII's commitment to striving towards best practice it has published an equality strategy and action plan.  It has also produced an Equality and Diversity Good Practice Guide for its members.

CII Staff interviews

We asked Sian Fisher, Ian Simons and Zainab Fidai their thoughts about Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in relation to the Chartered Insurance Institute and why they are passionate about D&I.

We will also be speaking with others about their thoughts, including the Executive sponsor and the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee here at the CII, so keep an eye out for a further video to follow. 

Disability Symbol

Disability symbol

The CII has been granted the use of the Disability Symbol in support of our commitment to encourage disabled people to apply for vacancies at the CII. We have agreed to meet five commitments regarding the recruitment, employment, retention and career development of disabled people. 

When recruiting for Committee / Board members we encourage candidates applying for vacancies to indicate access requirements and any additional needs so that reasonable adjustments can be considered during the interview and selection process. 


CII Board and Committee Diversity Monitoring 2013

Between February and June 2013, every member of CIIs boards and committees was asked to complete a diversity monitoring form.  Completion of the form was voluntary and anonymous.  The reasons for undertaking this exercise are that the CII values and respects diversity and strives in all of its activities to take account of and reflect the interests of all the people it serves.  To enable us to promote this, we need to monitor and understand the background of the people who populate our governance structure to ensure that our policies, practices and criteria do not inadvertently discriminate.

Given that this was the first time the exercise was conducted and forms were completed on a voluntary basis, the response rate was high - 66% of our 155 board and committee members submitted a form.

The exercise will be undertaken again in 2016 and the results from 2013 will be used as a benchmark.

The results are Diversity Monitoring 2013»


Useful links and Information

You may find the following links of use:

Access to Work Factsheet »
Access to Work can provide practical and financial support to help people with health conditions and disabilities overcome barriers to starting or keeping employment.

Stonewall »
Britain's employers forum for sexual orientation equality in the workplace.

Equality Act 2010 »
Background and details of the Act.

Interfaith calendar »
Holy Days and Festivals of different religions and faiths.

CII Equality and Diversity Policy Statement »

Praveen Gupta's personal views on Building a House for Diversity »
How a fable about a Giraffe and an Elephant offers new strategies for today's workforce.

Promoting Diversity Through the Downturn »

LINK is an LGBT network for professionals in the insurance industry 


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