Monday, October 2, 2023

Union Assurance has Sri Lanka’s Most Female-friendly Company Culture

Sri Lanka’s trailblazing Life Insurer, Union Assurance, triumphs at Satynmag CIMA Women Friendly Workplace Awards 2022. The Company won two prestigious awards for its leading work in creating an inclusive workplace for women to thrive and succeed in their roles.

Union Assurance was recognised as ‘One of Sri Lanka’s Most Outstanding Women-Friendly Workplaces’ while also emerging as the category winner of the ‘She Thrives Award’, in acknowledgment of the Company having the most female-friendly culture in the Sri Lankan workplace.

The Company’s foundational values contribute to its success, including being an equal-opportunity employer that recognises employees on meritocracy, irrespective of gender or other biases. The Company focuses on celebrating diversity and creating a workplace where each employee has the opportunity to perform their best without facing a glass ceiling.

Sharing his thoughts, Chief Executive Officer, Jude Gomes, said, “We are privileged to be among the best workplaces to win these prestigious awards. The awards are testimony to the progressive culture we have fostered over the years, which is based on supporting women-friendly workplace initiatives and letting all of our employees shine in the same way. Moreover, it is a great honour to be recognised as the Company with the most female-friendly culture in Sri Lanka, which speaks volumes about how we treat and care for our employees. Our people philosophy centers on ‘One Team-One Goal’ with the culture embodying an ethos of ‘We’ over ‘I’. All employees are inspired to be connected to a higher purpose while being empowered to learn and grow as they pursue their career goals.”

On receiving the awards, Chief People Officer, Imtiyaz Aniff, said, “Union Assurance is proud of the great strides we have made in the industry, championing a great workplace and a vibrant culture for our employees. Our focus drives us to eliminate challenges women may face balancing their work and personal lives and create an equitable environment for all employees. To achieve this, we have initiated a multitude of women-friendly practices, facilitating an encouraging environment for our female employees. Our employees are the cornerstone of the Company’s success, and we will continue strengthening our forward-thinking efforts in caring, nurturing, and developing them to reach their true potential.”

Union Assurance is a part of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), one of Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerates. The Company is a strong proponent of the ONE JKH policy, emphasizing the Group’s approach towards valuing diversity in the workforce and that Life at JKH is inclusive. Irrespective of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and ability, within the JKH Group, everyone is considered as ONE. 

Union Assurance is among the most awarded Insurance companies in Sri Lanka, completing over three decades of success with a Market Capitalisation of Rs. 15.7 Bn, and a Life Fund of Rs. 51.5 Bn as of June 2022. Set to empower the Sri Lankan Dream, Union Assurance offers Life Insurance solutions that cover education, health, investment, protection, and retirement needs of Sri Lankans. With an island wide branch network and an over 3,000-strong workforce, Union Assurance continues to invest in people, products, and processes with a customer-centric focus to be responsive to emerging changes in the Life Insurance industry.

Image caption (From Left to Right) –

Uththara Kapugamage (Assistant Manager – Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition), Dahami Pathira (Manager – Talent Acquisition & Employee Engagement), Rukshana Hamid (Head of Talent & Organisational Development), Imtiyaz Aniff (Chief People Officer), Melanie Kanaka (President CIMA), Nayomini R. Weerasooriya (Founder, Managing Director & Editor of Satyn Magazine), Zahara Ansary (Country Manager of CIMA).

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