Dive In 2018 launches, saying it's #time4inclusion

Chickenshed performing at Dive In 2018 launch at Lloyd's

The Chickenshed theatre company gave a moving and uplifting performance outside the Lloyd’s building for the official launch of the fourth Dive In festival, which has the theme this year as #time4inclusion.

The website is now open to register for the events that will take place from 25 to 27 September in more than 50 cities around the world.

Dive In was launched in 2015 in London to promote diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry. Since then, it has expanded to 26 countries, with Jordan and Japan hosting their first events this year.

It is an initiative of Inclusion at Lloyd’s, a collaboration between the Corporation of Lloyd’s, the International Underwriting Association of London, the London & International Insurance Brokers’ Association, and the Lloyd’s Market Association.

In 2017, the festival focused on the ‘diversity dividend’, attracting more than 7000 attendees in 32 cities across 17 countries. Its organisers report that CEOs from across the industry singled out time as the biggest barrier to achieving inclusive cultures in their organisations. That is what inspired the 2018 theme, #time4inclusion.

“Our fourth year is a good time to focus our combined efforts on translating the growing awareness into action,” said Dominic Christian, chair of Inclusion at Lloyd’s and global chairman of Aon Benfield International.

The 2018 launch performance outside the Lloyd’s building featured singing and dancing by Chickenshed, a North London inclusive company that brings together people from all ages and all backgrounds.

Earlier this month, 50 insurance firms signed the Inclusive Behaviours Pledge, an initiative led by Lloyd’s and Zurich. Signatory organisations commit to take action against any harassment, discrimation or abuse of power. And CEOs promise to “ensure there are significant repercussions for the perpetrators of such behaviour”.

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