(London) – Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), has won three industry awards recognising its efforts to promote diversity within its workforce.
Spread across two awards evenings, Aviva Investors was named ‘Trailblazing Company of the Year’ at Financial Adviser’s Diversity in Finance Awards, whilst also winning two categories at WeAreTheCity’s Rising Stars 2019, including ‘Company of the Year’ and a ‘Rising Star’ award for Rachel Green, Global Client Solutions Manager, who was selected as a winner in the Investment Management category.
Aviva Investors was awarded with Financial Adviser’s ‘Trailblazing Company of the Year’ and ‘Company of the Year’ at the WeAreTheCity Awards in recognition of initiatives it has undertaken across the business focused on HR and recruitment, talent development, and diversity. This has included developing a Return to Work programme for those having taken an extended career break, introducing equal parental leave for employees, as well as promoting diversity externally through industry bodies such as the Diversity Project and Investment 2020.
Being selected from a pool of over 1,000 individual entries, Rachel received the award for her work as part of Aviva’s Evolution Council – a shadow Board created to provide a fresh perspective to the Aviva Group Board on strategy, culture and diversity. Rachel also sits on the Diversity Project’s Ethnicity Workstream (#TalkAboutBlack) Steering Group, where she is responsible for educating and raising awareness of the variety of career options in the Asset Management industry within the black community.
Euan Munro, CEO at Aviva Investors, commented:
“Promoting diversity and inclusion is a key focus for Aviva Investors. We have recognised for a long time the importance of building a diverse pool of talent within the organisation – and in the financial services industry more broadly – to reflect our clients and help us better serve their changing needs.
“Whilst we are proud that our work in this area has been acknowledged by the industry, there is plenty of scope to address these issues further, to further improve the culture we work in, as well as benefit from the cognitive diversity it brings to our investment teams. We will look to build on these strong foundations in the coming year and beyond.”