Munich, 24 June 2021 – Reflecting its mission to be a diverse and inclusive employer the German operation of Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe (AND-E), the European subsidiary of the Asian insurance giant MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Inc, has signed up to the Charta der Vielfalt.
The German diversity charter - whose aim is to highlight the importance of diversity in Germany’s business culture – was launched in 2006 and is a corporate initiative under the patronage of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Over 3,900 companies and organisations, representing more than 14 million employees, have already signed the Charta der Vielfalt. By signing the charter, we make a voluntary commitment to promote diversity across our organisation.
Martin Spangenberg, Branch Manager Germany at AND-E explains why the company believes it is an important step to sign the Charta der Vielfalt:
“AND-E Germany is wholeheartedly committed to creating a workplace free of bias. We employ over 180 people from 22 different nationalities and over 47% of our colleagues are women. Signing the “Charta der Vielfalt” is another important demonstration of our commitment to diversity.”
“We are ensuring that every employee regardless of age, gender, nationality, religious viewpoint, sexual orientation and social background can thrive and be valued in their role at work. We have, for example, been highlighting how unconscious bias can influence our behaviour towards others and encouraging our staff to take the time to increase their awareness and understanding of different cultures and opinions. This will help to minimise the risk of bias in their actions and decision-making.”
Diana Strasser, Head of HR Germany added: “The range of cultures and different ways of thinking allows us to drive innovation and invention across the organisation and makes for an inclusive, productive and interesting workplace.”
“We have flexible working arrangements in place for our staff, including part-time roles and home-working days, so that as many people as possible can balance their work and home lives. This has also allowed us to create a more diverse workforce, with each individual bringing their own experiences, ideas and knowledge. Such diversity is a great strength, making for an interesting and innovative workplace and opening everyone’s eyes to different points of view.”
About Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe:
The Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe Group (AND-E) is a group of companies, headed by Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe Limited (ANDEL), who are subsidiaries of the Japanese insurance giant MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc., one of Asia’s largest insurance groups. With a principal focus on providing auto-centric insurance and protection products, either directly or on behalf of strategic partners, AND-E offers both retail and corporate products with the approach tailored to best meet local needs. AND-E’s vision is ‘To lead the way in connected mobility protection’.
AND-E has a close working partnership with Toyota Motor Corporation, the largest single shareholder of MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. Through its majority shareholding in Toyota Insurance Management SE (TIS), it provides Toyota's insurance expertise across Europe and the same for Lexus under the trading style of Lexus Insurance Management.
AND-E acquired Insure The Box Limited, the largest telematics insurance provider in the UK. Other subsidiaries include the life insurance company, Aioi Nissay Dowa Life Insurance of Europe AG (ANDLIE).