The time is right: take action and do more for D&I, say iCAN co-chairs

14-03-2021

The time is right: take action and do more for D&I, say iCAN co-chairs

Significant events in the diversity and inclusion space, such as the death of George Floyd in the US, created shock waves that made many companies sit up and realise more needs to be done about race equality, say Ajay Mistry and Kishan Mangat, co-chairs of the Insurance Cultural Awareness Network, in their foreword to Intelligent Insurer's Diversity and Inclusion Report 2021.

We don’t need to say it, but it is worth acknowledging one more time: 2020 was quite a year. This time last year we didn’t know what was heading our way, and weren’t prepared for what was to come. But what a difference a year makes.

Over the last months, in addition to a global pandemic, which took us to a home-based, virtual world, there were hugely significant events in the diversity and inclusion (D&I) space, which is where we at the Insurance Cultural Awareness Network (iCAN) come in. The events surrounding the death of George Floyd in the US sent shock waves across the world, and made many companies finally sit up and take notice that something needed to be done when it came to the issue of race equality.

This time last year, we introduced ourselves in this very report. At the time, we asked a number of very valid questions that were relevant to the insurance industry. Those questions focused on the importance of diverse recruitment, and areas such as developing future leaders and role models, and ensuring leadership has an inclusive mindset.


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