Career Development: Zurich achieves Disability Confident Leader certification


Zurich is the first insurer to achieve Disability Confident Leader status under the auspices of the Department for Work and Pensions scheme.

The DWP scheme helps employers think differently about disability and improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers.

Zurich has achieved the highest level of certification in recognition for its efforts in raising awareness of the issues associated with disability in the workplace, by engaging with other employers in the local community to share best practice and encouraging others to take a fresh approach to disability.

Minister for disabled people, health and work, Sarah Newton MP, said: “Zurich is leading the way for other employers by offering opportunities for disabled people and creating a more inclusive workforce.”

The insurer also hosted a roundtable with former disability minister Penny Mordaunt and the Enterprise Forum earlier this year, in response to the government’s green paper on disability.

Zurich has also attended a series of Disability Confident events held by the DWP across the UK.

Sophie Timms, head of UK corporate responsibility at Zurich said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Zurich and reflects the practices we’ve put in place to create a more inclusive culture with greater opportunities for people with disabilities.

“For example, we support Volunteering Matters’ Inspiring Young Disabled People Programme, which enables our employees to act as business mentors, helps build young people’s confidence and aspirations and provides them with work shadowing opportunities within Zurich.

“We’re proud of everything we’ve accomplished since we started our Disability Confident journey just 12 months ago and would encourage more employers to sign up to the scheme.”

Zurich’s achievement builds on its previous recognition as a Disability Confident Employer in August 2017.

Previously the insurer reached Disability Confident Committed status in March 2017.

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