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Just 18 months ago, XL Catlin set out to create a workplace that’s better for everyone. One in which all colleagues feel welcomed and supported; a place where talented people achieve great things together. While we’re beginning to feel a cultural shift, we know we have more work to do. We’re not alone.

Across our industry, businesses are looking at how to improve diversity and inclusion (D&I).

We all know that to succeed in today’s dynamic, global environment—to attract and retain top talent and meet our customers’ challenges—we must take action. And we believe it’s our responsibility to help lead the way.

In addition to participating in and supporting industry initiatives like Lloyd’s Dive In Festival and LINK, the LGBT Insurance Network, Mike McGavick, XL Catlin’s CEO, recently signed on to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge. CEO Action is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. More than 150 CEOs of the world’s leading companies and business organizations have signed the pledge. You can learn more about the pledge and see all of the CEOs who are supporting it at

In addition to these broader efforts, XL Catlin has also been busy making important changes in our own organization as a part of our commitment to D&I:

  • Diversity training ~84% of our leaders have completed this training, which encourages diversity in all its forms and inclusion at every level
  • Supporting colleagues to manage a successful career and a fulfilling life by offering a range of flexible work arrangements (from work location to work hours to job share); and enhanced family-friendly leave benefits (for maternity, paternity, same-sex domestic partners, adoption and surrogacy) along with a more inclusive definition of family when colleagues need time to assist with care
  • Levelling the playing field in a historically male dominated industry by providing professional development and networking opportunities to women through initiatives such as our Women of the World colleague resource group (CRG) and Women’s Executive Learning Program
  • Launching our newest CRG, Plus (LGBT+), to provide an important forum for out colleagues and allies to network, develop and feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work 
  • Challenging recruiters and hiring managers to think differently about how they source and interview candidates to ensure that we attract the best and the brightest, not just the most familiar

Mike McGavick recently summed it up: “While we’ve accomplished a great deal in a short time, we know that, along with the rest of our industry, we have a long way to go. It’s time to move beyond talk, take action together, and drive real change in our industry and beyond.”

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  • Head of Global Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion at AXA XL
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