“6.5% of staff at Allianz identify as LGBTI.”
On the 9th of December 2017, the right to marry in Australia was no longer determined by sex or gender. Australia embraced marriage equality. And seeing Allianz publicly support this change made me incredibly proud.
So too was the feeling I had when I helped to set up Allianz Pride when I first started in 2016. I’d experienced the benefits of an employee network elsewhere and thought it would really benefit Allianz. We started small and it didn’t really gain much traction at first. Then we expanded our committee, formalised things more, got a charter in place and even an executive sponsor. Seeing if the network would be supported, particularly in an industry that can be seen as older and conservative was a big test. I was feeling optimistically cautious. Slowly, with word of mouth, Allianz Pride began to grow organically and we now have around 570 members – over 10% of the company supporting Allianz Pride.
Our members are made up of Allianz employees committed to supporting the professional development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees and strengthening the participation and engagement of allies. We do this through running events, lunch and learns, supporting policy improvements and promoting diversity and inclusion.
6.5% of staff at Allianz identify as LGBTI (double the national population average). This highlights the importance of our network and the role we play in helping LGBTI people feel safe and welcome at work; so that they feel they are in a safe place and can ‘bring their whole selves to work’. Minorities often face challenges that the majority does not. Helping others to be aware of this and promoting the benefits of having Allies is fundamental to everything we do.
In March 2020, I helped run an event (as part of Diversity & Inclusion month), which had fantastic attendance with over 200 people. It was a fun trivia night hosted by a Drag Queen – which had never been done before. The surveyed response was very positive with an average score of 4.9 out of 5 for enjoyment. At other events, we’ve also enjoyed having external speakers come in and share their experiences, such as a Lesbian Paralympian who discussed resilience. It was a really positive occasion for our audience.
Whatever you’re focused on at Allianz, you’ll feel supported to progress your career while being recognised for who you are and what values you stand for.