Executive Insights

Executive Insights: How Aviva drives Diversity, Equality & Inclusion

By Business & Finance
10 May 2023

Executive Insights, in association with KPMG, is an in-conversation content series featuring thought leaders from across the Irish business community. The series explores business strategy and how to navigate the current climate. 

In this episode Sarah Freeman, Managing Editor of Business & Finance, interviews Brian O’Neill, Head of Communications, Sponsorship & Corporate Social Responsibility at Aviva Ireland.


Aviva was the recipient of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion award at the 2022 Business and Finance Awards, in association with KPMG.

The Diversity, Equality and Inclusion award celebrates companies that contribute to improving the lives of their employees while also enhancing the civic environment in which they operate. Northern Trust received the award at the awards ceremony in 2021.

Aviva provides over 30 million customers with insurance, savings and investment products. The company operates in 16 markets across Europe, Asia and Canada.

The Business & Finance Awards judges said that Aviva represents each of the company’s 1450 employees in Ireland through their Pride, Balance, Carers and Availability committees.

Aviva has also achieved increased gender parity in leading roles. Women are now in the key roles of CEO, CFO and CRO, its GI board is 50 per cent female, and its life board is 40 per cent. One of the company’s key priorities is the gender pay gap. Leaders are committed to narrowing the gap by balancing men and women across the organisation at all levels.

Aviva has a number of external initiatives for DE&I including the ‘Lace up with Pride Campaign’ and the Aviva ‘Soccer Sisters’.

In this episode of Executive Insights, Brian O’Neill, Head of Communications, Sponsorship & Corporate Social Responsibility at Aviva speaks about the environmental contributions Aviva has made within the community, alongside with the impact COVID-19 had on the company.

Brian O’Neill

Brian O’Neill is Head of Sustainability, Sponsorships and Communications at Aviva, with responsibility for Brand Reputation, Public Policy and Climate Action.

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman is Managing Editor of Business & Finance.

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