30th July 2020

Lloyd’s has announced a target of 35% female representation in leadership positions as it seeks to fulfil its commitment to driving long-term culture change in the market.

The 35% target applies to the Lloyd’s market, and within that to company boards, executive committees and direct reports to the executive committee. It is expected to be achieved by 31 December 2023.  

In addition, boards and executive committees combined will be expected to achieve at least 20% female representation by the end of 2023. All new market entrants will be expected to meet these targets on arrival. 

Lloyd’s said it would also set a target for market ethnicity in Q2 2021, following extensive collection of ethnicity data in the market to determine a starting point.  

Lloyd’s today additionally published its culture dashboard, which provides a snapshot of the demographic make-up of the market, informed by the Lloyd’s culture survey last year as well as market participant data across key demographic characteristics.

The dashboard was one of five action points Lloyd’s announced in March last year following a Bloomberg article that reported instances of sexual harassment in the Lloyd’s market, citing anonymous female sources.

The dashboard shows that women currently hold 29% of leadership roles as defined above.  

However, there are still 12 firms with all-male boards and 12 with all-male executive committees.  

Out of this group, seven firms have all-male board and executive committee teams combined. One firm has all-male direct reports of the executive committee. 

Within the Lloyd’s Corporation, women fill 47% of leadership roles.

“The market [female representation] target will drive an improvement in the gender balance in leadership roles across the market in the short-term, with Lloyd’s committing to a medium-term ambition for parity over the next decade,” Lloyd’s said.

Other findings from the culture dashboard include that 88% of the market identifies as heterosexual, with 2% as lesbian or gay and 1% as bisexual. Around 8% preferred not to say.

Meanwhile, just 4% of the market have a disability, while 91% are able-bodied and 5% preferred not to say.

Lloyd’s CEO John Neal said: “Last year, we committed to building a much more inclusive market – one that we are all deeply proud to be part of, and one that welcomes and represents the diversity of our customers globally. In the Corporation, we have achieved parity in less than two years and we are all the better for it.

“While we have put in place a series of actions to accelerate change, it is abundantly clear that we have much work to do and we must be impatient in our resolve to get there. The Corporation will continue to do more in leading the market on all aspects of inclusion.”

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