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nib named as one of the world’s most diverse and inclusive companies

nib Group (nib) has joined a prestigious line-up of leading global organisations after being recognised as one of the top 100 most diverse and inclusive organisations worldwide as part of Refinitiv’s 2020 Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Index.

The Hunter-based health insurer placed 87th globally and seventh in Australia, earning a top spot on the D&I Index for a second time.

nib Group Chief People Officer, Martin Adlington, said the ranking is a testament to nib’s ongoing commitment to creating a safe and inclusive workplace, where every person is treated fairly, with respect and diversity of thought is encouraged.

“We want every person to feel proud to bring their whole selves to work, and provide a safe space where our people feel comfortable to share their ideas and experience and are given a voice to drive innovation and adaptation which is key to nib’s future growth,” Mr Adlington said.

Refinitiv’s D&I Index reviewed 9,000 publicly listed companies and is measured by 24 metrics across four key pillars, including diversity, inclusion, people development and news and controversies. nib’s top 10 ranking in Australia saw the insurer among leading companies such as Woolworths Group Ltd, AGL Energy Ltd and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

“A key element of the assessment is gender diversity, particularly in leadership positions, which is an area where we’re proud to have strong female representation. Our Board has 67% Non-Executive Director female representation while during the year we also saw a rise in the number of women in leadership roles from 38% to 42%,” Mr Adlington said.

Mr Adlington also highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on the future of work and creating more inclusive workplaces.

“The pandemic has shifted the way we think about work and the traditional workplace which will open up opportunities for a more diverse and inclusive talent pool. For instance, we’re now recruiting candidates from all across Australia as we move towards a more agile workplace, where employees are encouraged to work from home as part of our future of work design,” Mr Adlington said.

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