We believe Inclusion and Diversity drives the best insights, advice and outcomes for our clients, our firm and our communities. That’s why we’re committed to a workplace culture where colleagues are comfortable being their authentic selves, feel a full sense of belonging and are empowered to reach their highest potential.
At Aon, our commitment starts with mutual respect. It is the responsibility of all our colleagues to act with integrity, trust one another and encourage others to share their unique perspectives. Together, we hold ourselves accountable, where every colleague feels accepted for who they are and valued for the insights they bring.
We know an inclusive culture drives diversity, which makes us a better, stronger company. We value the diversity of ideas, experiences and perspectives that come with having colleagues from different cultures, nations, genders, age, sexual orientation and physical ability. Embracing differences is key to our distinctive Aon United culture.
By having a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity, we attract and retain the best talent, which develops high-performing teams, enables innovation, creates client value and delivers positive business results.
Our Inclusion Commitment
Whether related to accessibility, gender, ethnicity, age or sexual orientation, it’s important to find intentional ways to grow in our understanding and support of others. Aon’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture is top on our agenda. We believe identifying ourselves as visible and voluntary allies is vital amidst the challenges we face, as it signifies an environment where all colleagues feels supported to bring their whole selves to work.
In support of this allyship, we encourage our leaders and colleagues to pledge 'I'm in.' This inclusion commitment gives each individual the opportunity to demonstrate their personal dedication to an inclusive culture, while visibly identifying their allyship to others. We also offer ongoing recommendations on how they may share, participate, discuss, act and continuously learn in support of their commitments.
Our Business Resource Groups
Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are essential in bridging opportunity gaps while creating spaces where differences thrive. Our BRGs are a collection of Aon colleagues who voluntarily work together to help us advance our diversity and inclusion commitments. We focus on four key integration areas: professional development, recruitment, engagement and retention, and community and client.
Our Apprenticeship Program
Launched in 2012 in the UK and now available in the U.S., Aon's apprenticeship program provides opportunities for young professionals to develop vital skills in the workplace while earning a competitive salary as they learn. Apprentices are offered permanent positions with competitive salaries and full support for professional study and qualifications.
The apprenticeship program has helped Aon build an alternative talent pipeline of young, highly-skilled and diverse professionals (i.e., 90% of participants come from under-represented groups). This program helps us attract the best and brightest, while providing young professionals with advanced education and work experiences.
Our Pro Bono Legal Program
Aon's Global Pro Bono Initiative, launched in 2014, provides legal counsel to immigrants and refugees often fleeing terrible danger and seeking asylum in the U.S. Many of the individuals we represent face grave risk of persecution in their home countries due to race, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Since 2015, colleagues in the law department have taken on 9 asylum cases in partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center. We’ve secured asylum in 5 cases, with 4 still pending trial.
Aon has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for 11 straight years (2006-2017). In 2017, Peter Lieb, General Counsel, accepted the Human Rights Corporate Award from the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) on behalf of the Aon Law Department in recognition of the team's dedication to offering pro bono legal services to refugees in need.