We're committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and collaborative workplace culture—one where colleagues feel empowered to unleash their full potential while expanding client and community impact and enabling business growth. We believe diversity drives insight, and that by giving the top talent seats at our table, we’ll produce the best outcome for clients.
To be a leading professional services firm, we must model an inclusive work environment and unmatched and diverse talent strategy. This will allow us opportunities to:
- Better anticipate, understand and serve our clients and communities.
- Attract, grow and retain the best colleagues.
- Outperform for the benefit of shareholders.
Our Inclusion Commitment
An inclusive culture is one where we all feel encouraged to bring our authentic selves to work…every day. Inclusion at Aon is characterized by a sense of belonging; where colleagues feel respected and valued for who they are. It’s the achievement of a work environment where everyone can do their best work, have fair and equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the firm's success.
One of the ways Aon is ensuring progress is by providing colleagues with the opportunity to demonstrate their personal commitment to inclusion. By voluntarily and visibly pledging "I'm in," they can indicate their support for every colleague to be themselves, where non-inclusive behavior is not tolerated or accepted. The alignment and integration of this and other inclusion best practices, across all areas of Aon, will drive business growth while creating valuable opportunities for clients, colleagues and communities.
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.
"We pride ourselves on fostering an inclusive work environment where opportunity and success are defined by one’s character and capability. We share a conviction that cultivating an inclusive culture – where diverse views and experiences are welcome and where everyone has opportunities to grow – is directly related to our ability to win in the market."
- Greg Case, President & CEO, Aon plc
"Diversity is critical to our success, but we recognize that’s not enough. What's truly important to our colleagues, clients and communities is inclusion. At Aon, we're creating an inclusive culture where everybody's in and engaged in bringing the best capabilities Aon has to offer."
- Kristin Slavish, Global Talent Leader, Executive Talent Management & Inclusion, Aon plc
Aon's supplier diversity program provides diverse and women-owned businesses with equal access to purchasing and sourcing opportunities. We advocate the development and growth of minority and women businesses by developing partnerships and providing educational opportunities that will help them meet our purchasing and service standards. Our dedication and commitment to supplier diversity benefits our suppliers, Aon, our business objectives, and our communities.
Aon is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We ensure that equal opportunity is given to qualified individuals in recruiting, hiring, training and development, promotion, compensation practices, and all other employment opportunities. Aon prohibits discrimination based on an individual's sex, color, race, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or other legally protected characteristics or conduct. In addition, we take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified minorities, women, disabled persons, disabled veterans, and other covered veterans.
To see additional information, please read the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policies or the EEO is the Law document.
Entrepreneurs in Residence Program
As part of its global strategy to empower human and economic possibility for clients, colleagues, and communities, Aon launched its Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) program in partnership with Springboard 2000 Enterprises Inc., a leading entrepreneurial expert network dedicated to supporting high-growth, women-led businesses.
With a goal of helping women-led startups build and establish their companies in the business community, the EIR program will serve as a platform for Aon and Springboard to leverage their networks and business expertise to empower female entrepreneurs in the risk and human resources industries. Aon and Springboard have selected two entrepreneurs from the Springboard community and will provide them with direct and ongoing access to business support and solutions for a one-year period.
For 2014, Aon and Springboard have chosen Australia-based Switch Automation, a provider of building automation and energy management solutions and Canada-based Plum.io, a human resources solution that seeks to improve a company's hiring efficiency, to participate in the EIR program. Switch Automation's CEO will be mentored by an Aon Risk Solutions' global practice leader in cyber insurance. Plum.io's CEO and co-founder will be mentored by an Aon Hewitt partner and talent practice leader. Both companies will be partnered with their respective mentors for a year-long period.
At Aon, we believe in delivering long-term value and sustainable improvement to the communities where we work and live. We partner with global organizations across the various spectrums of diversity to empower human potential and strengthen communities at risk.
A few of our diverse corporate partners include:
Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business. They are dedicated to creating more inclusive workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive.
With tools, insights, events and opportunities to connect with others, Catalyst helps Aon address the causes of talent management gaps to create sustainable change within the organization.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes
As part of Aon's continued commitment to recruiting veterans, Aon launched a new partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) Program in 2014. HOH is a nationwide effort to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment in hundreds of communities across America.
The cornerstone of HOH is hiring fairs. Now in year four, the US Chamber will host 250 hiring fairs in communities across America this year. In addition to supporting HOH's ongoing initiatives, Aon will officially sponsor three hiring events in 2014 in Chicago, Houston, and Washington DC. We will also present workshops to help veterans understand how to effectively translate their military experience into skills and experience that are relevant to the private sector.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world's largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
At Aon, we believe that people should be judged by their work, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Through the available programs and services offered by Out & Equal, we provide our colleagues with opportunities to attend educational workshops that focus on LGBT issues in the workplace.
Building an inclusive culture is an essential component of the firm's talent strategy. At Aon, our Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are critical in bridging the opportunity gap and creating a space where differences thrive.
Our BRGs are voluntarily organized by fellow colleagues around shared interests and experiences. These colleagues have historically been underrepresented at the firm and work together to help Aon achieve its Diversity & Inclusion vision. Our BRGs have a significant impact on improving the firm's culture and environment, ability to hire, ability to develop and retain diverse colleagues, and capacity to connect to the diverse communities in which our colleagues live and work.
Aon currently has 12 BRGs, three with a global footprint:
Aon Link is a BRG for colleagues who are in the early stages of their careers or new to Aon and are seeking professional career growth. Events throughout the year provide opportunities for colleagues to enhance occupational knowledge, share best practices, and build relationships with peers and leaders across all of Aon's business units. Aon Link aims to foster a sense of unity, philanthropy, education, and career development for Aon colleagues worldwide.
Aon Pride Alliance
Pride Alliance is a global BRG for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender colleagues and allies (LGBTAlly).
Pride Alliance colleagues desire to go above and beyond and are key contributors to client quality and excellence. Members have a drive and passion to own and develop their career paths and give back to the community through volunteer opportunities. Pride Alliance works to incorporate the LGBTAlly experience in developing innovative ways to serve Aon's clients and grow the business.
Aon Veterans United (AVU)
To recruit, develop, and retain the best Veteran talent, Aon Veterans United's mission is to deliver professional development programs and services to the veteran community within and outside Aon.
AVU recently partnered with Hiring our Heroes to better address the systematic employment issues facing veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses today.
Additionally, through their networking events and partnership with American Corporate Partners (ACP), AVU provides Aon veterans opportunities to engage with senior leadership to inspire visions of growth.
AVU's work with both local and national veteran non-profit organizations, including the Commercial Club of Chicago, allows members to connect with industry leaders to promote best practices. It also strengthens relationships with Aon clients through collaboration on connecting veterans in need with AVU solutions.
Asian American BRG
The Asian American BRG's mission is to enhance the professional development and leadership opportunities for Aon colleagues, raise awareness of Asian culture and heritage and their impact on the workplace, and bring that diverse perspective to Aon and its clients. The group strives to make Aon the first choice employer for Asians.
Through corporate sponsorship, the BRG supports multiple national organizations such as the National Association for Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), the Asia Society, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ). This provides Aon colleagues access to multiple leadership development, networking, and celebration events across the country. The BRG also participates in volunteering efforts, supporting causes closest to our local communities.
Blacks United in Leading Diversity (BUILD)
Blacks United in Leading Diversity (BUILD) was created to address the interests of all colleagues throughout the organization, while raising awareness of the culture and heritage of people of African descent.
BUILD advocates for professional opportunities and advancement of its members within Aon. BUILD also seeks to raise the visibility of Aon within our various communities globally.
BUILD will partner with the firm to ensure representation and presence of colleagues of African descent throughout all levels of the organization. BUILD believes our rich history, diverse cultures, and many perspectives enrich the workplace for all colleagues.
Empowering Abilities Group
The Empowering Abilities BRG represents all Aon colleagues who consider themselves to have some form of disability, are affected by a relative or friend who has a disability, or have an interest in disability issues.
The Empowering Abilities BRG aims to create an environment where:
- Everyone feels valued and where their talents are fully utilized
- Our clients' needs are understood and our products and services are accessible to all
- Everyone feels supported by the business
The Generations BRG values life experiences and addresses the needs of colleagues in mid- to late career stages. Generations welcomes, leverages, and develops the experience and professional skills of colleagues age 40 and over. Generations promotes strong working relationships across all generations and collaboration among other BRGs and the general Aon colleague population.
Latinos Embracing Aon Diversity (LEAD)
The Latinos Embracing Aon Diversity (LEAD) BRG provides a forum to address the opportunities and challenges faced by Latino and Hispanic colleagues. LEAD contributes to the firm's goals to create a winning and inclusive culture where everyone has opportunities for growth and development. Through diversity and inclusion, LEAD members can better serve Aon's clients while empowering fellow colleagues to fully realize their potential.
Multicultural Diversity Group (UK-based)
The Multicultural Diversity Group recognizes the many advantages of a multicultural colleague base and celebrates distinct cultural differences stemming from personal traits such as race, ethnic origin, background, and religion.
This BRG represents all colleagues, regardless of their multicultural background, and aims to create an environment where:
- Everyone feels valued and where their talents are fully utilized
- Our clients' diverse needs are understood and our products and services are accessible to all
Virtual Connections helps virtual colleagues (those who work 50 percent or more outside a traditional Aon office) become better connected to each other and with Aon. They provide support for managing virtual teams and working and networking effectively as a virtual colleague. Virtual Connections also provides tools to help improve work/life balance and time-saving tips for working virtually.
Gender IQ is a global community of women and allies at Aon, providing support for personal and professional growth and help with career advancement for women colleagues. Gender IQ also focuses on supporting clients through knowledge sharing. This BRG helps Aon remain a destination of choice for high-quality professionals by enhancing its ability to attract, develop, and retain talent.
Working Parents Group
Working Parents' is a BRG formed to support Aon's business goals through the professional development of Aon's working parents. Working Parents' was formed by a group of colleague volunteers to increase awareness of the unique challenges faced by working parents. This is a forum where parents at Aon can stay informed, connected, and supported. We advocate for maternity and paternity leave, parenting resources, work/life balance, professional development, and community involvement, including impactful partnerships with Court- Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation (JDRF), and others.
Aon is committed to ensuring an accessible online application process for all candidates, including individuals with disabilities, by offering an alternative way to apply for job openings. The alternative application method is only available for those who cannot otherwise complete the online application due to a disability or other need for accommodation. Aon provides reasonable accommodation to applicants under the guidance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam-Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and certain state and/or local laws.
For assistance applying for a job in the UK or to discuss reasonable adjustments please email our Inclusive Recruitment Champion. For assistance in other geographies please email Aon Recruiting.
Please do not use this alternative method for general inquiries, status of applications, or other non-access questions.
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