Given the important role each of our managers plays in fostering an inclusive culture and benefiting from its strengths, inclusive leadership behaviours are essential at Swiss Re.
We have developed clear expectations of how managers can foster an inclusive work environment for all employees. To make these principles tangible for all our employees, we embedded them in our Leadership and Personal Imperatives.
A key aspect of our People Strategy is to prevent stereotyping of individuals based on any dimensions of diversity. It centres on raising awareness of the “unconscious biases” that every one of us have, which can unintentionally influence our decision-making and our behaviour towards others.
We design and organise events as well as face-to-face and web-based training so that employees can participate in dialogues to increase their self-awareness of unconscious biases, such as those related to generations, sexual orientation and gender. Our leadership development and management training also highlights the importance of overcoming unconscious bias in all kinds of decision-making situations in people processes, such as recruiting, talent nomination and performance evaluation.