Direct Line Group have become signatories to the Tech Talent Charter and are committed to delivering even greater diversity within the business.
The charter’s goal is for the UK tech sector to become truly inclusive and a reflection of the society which it represents. It focuses on the how, not just the why of inclusion and how we bring communities together and support those who are underrepresented.
The charter objectives align with the Group’s diversity and inclusion aims and ambitions. Currently we have at least 33% women on our board and in leadership positions, which is ahead of the Hampton-Alexander target for FTSE 350 companies to have by 2020. Furthermore, the Group has two of its top technology jobs, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer held by women.
Diversity and inclusion are a top priority for Direct Line Group and we have committed to this through becoming signatories of the Women in Finance Charter and the Race to Work Charter. By introducing initiatives such as gender balanced shortlists and gender decoders, we can reduce barriers that ensure the right person gets the job.
Sarah Greasley, Chief Technology Officer at Direct Line Group said, “We are delighted to be signatories of the Tech Talent Charter as it is very closely aligned with the approach that we have been taking at Direct Line Group to build diversity throughout our company. As we move to a more customer centric world, understanding all your customers will become even more of a source of competitive advantage, and we can only achieve this by having a representative and diverse workforce.
“Through participation in this charter, we will be able to make a real difference in shaping the future agenda for women in technology, and early intervention is key particularly through attracting more people in STEM subjects and highlighting the exciting opportunities and possibilities of a career in tech”.
Direct Line Group have also invested heavily in leadership programmes where potential talent is put forward for further training to help support them progress through their career.
Through participation of this industry wide initiative, the Group will be joining a huge number of other companies who have pledged to carry out similar work. All signatories will have different starting points depending on the level of diversity within their organisation, and all will implement their own strategies for change, based on the organisation’s needs.
Companies will be able to collaborate to develop, share and implement protocols and best practice for the practical implementation of the charter.
Debbie Forster, CEO at Tech Talent Charter commented, “It’s vital for the industry to come together as a whole to do more to show females that a career in technology is incredibly rewarding, to increase the number of females working within the industry, to attract people who are considering a career change, and to encourage younger generations to consider these careers from the word go. One single company can’t do it alone, which is why we’re asking organisations to pledge their support for the Tech Talent Charter and join us on our exciting journey”
For more information on the Group's diversity and inclusion policy, click here.