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Allianz Beyond - our employee network for disability inclusion

Allianz Beyond is our employee network for disability inclusion and currently has nine local networks in place.

Allianz Beyond focuses on raising awareness for disability inclusion, identifying ways to make Allianz more accessible (physically and digitally), creating a safe space for employees to disclose their disability and workplace assistance needs to perform at their best, as well as promoting Allianz as an attractive employer for people with disabilities externally.

Axel Bitzer, Co-Lead of the Global Allianz Beyond Board:

"I have been a wheelchair user since my cycling accident in 2020, which resulted in paraplegia. I know first-hand that the multifaceted topic of disability is still dealt with very differently in our working world. I really enjoy working on Beyond and having the opportunity to actively shape it. The network creates awareness and a space for employees to come together. Together, we are making an important contribution to promoting the inclusion and representation of people with disabilities within Allianz."

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Dheera Ramakrishnan, Co-Lead of the Global Allianz Beyond Board:

“As a DE&I professional, I am grateful for the opportunities that empower me to contribute to the inclusive culture we aspire to cultivate. Now, with the exciting opportunity to Co-lead Beyond network, I see it as a rich platform to connect with diverse communities and experts. Together we work on topics such as accessibility, workplace adjustments, inclusive guidelines, disability sensitizations and more fostering a genuinely inclusive work environment for everyone.“

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Allianz Group joins the Valuable 500 – Our commitment statement:

“We commit to setting up the Allianz employee network for disability inclusion globally. This network will contain local chapters in national entities and a Global Disability Inclusion Board, representing employee voices at Group level. The key focus will be on removing barriers, stigmas and taboos, and to foster an environment where people with disabilities feel they can succeed.

More specifically, the aim is to foster a company culture that attracts and retains talents with disabilities, improve technical accessibility in processes and digital applications as well as physical accessible e.g. in buildings, raise Allianz’s disability confidence at all hierarchy levels, create awareness of disability-inclusive communication, use internal and external good practices or celebrate key dates like International Day of People with Disabilities.

The Global Disability Inclusion Board will have a seat in the Allianz Global Inclusion Council and provide advice on topics related to disability. In recognition of intersectionality, this Board will also engage with the other Allianz employee networks to amplify Allianz’s diverse voices and join efforts towards inclusion overall.”