AXA Balance

Working towards gender balance and equality in our workplace

Our ambition for the future is to become a gender-balanced organisation by 2023. Specifically, this means we’ve set ourselves global targets of gender parity for our top 300 leaders and in the UK we’ve made a commitment to increase the representation of women at senior levels by 40% by the end of 2020. In addition, we’re working on closing the gender pay gap and you can read more about our efforts in our Gender pay gap report.

When it comes to taking action, we’re working with HR to develop a number of different policies to increase awareness, understanding and support across a range of gender-related topics. This includes employee policies on domestic abuse and the menopause, as well as policies and support for people with childcare and caring responsibilities. We’re also working to highlight stories internally which include a diverse range of role models at AXA.

What is the AXA Balance employee resource group?


What is the AXA Balance Employee Resource Group?

Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Caroline Spence. I am the UK risk reporting manager at Axa UK and in my spare time I chair The Axa Balance employee resource group.

What is AXA Balance? Axa Balance is an employee resource group that focuses on gender inequality and working families within the organisation. The Balance employee resource group is committed to creating a working environment for all in which there is inspiration, support and the removal of boundaries that may inhibit progression. 

Why do you think these groups are important to AXA?
Groups provide a real sense of community, not just within our own employee resource group but across all four employee resource groups. The Balance, Able, Reach and Pride. The task force members across these groups take on these rules voluntarily. They are not part of their day job and so people only take part if they are truly passionate about fighting discrimination. This creates a wonderful atmosphere and brings positivity and belief that we will change things for the better.

Know You Can. 

Why I joined the AXA Balance employee resource group


Why I joined the AXA Balance employee resource group.

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Martin Vander Wal, I am ERM and operational risk director for AXA UK and I’m co-chair of balance.

What is AXA Balance?

AXA Balance for me means two things it means a balance between work and life but it also stands for being an inclusive culture.

Why is being a member of AXA Balance important to you?
By being a diverse and inclusive organisation, we can understand our customers better but also be a great place to work for everyone. 

Why do you think these groups are important to AXA?
Perception and unconscious bias still make often men in leadership positions choose people who behave and act like them and that actually prevents a more diverse view to make it to the leadership table.

Know You Can. 

Times Top 50 Employers for Women


We’ve been placed in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women. 
Here is what some of our employees think about it. 
Being recognised as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women is an achievement, I'm immensely proud of. 
This award has confirmed what I already know. AXA is a great place to work for men and women. I love working there, it really is a place where you can just be yourself.  
I think it's another great example of everything we stand for as a business. 
It's so great to see AXA's culture being recognised and celebrated. 
But whilst the award focuses on gender equality, it's also evidence of our hard-work and real continued commitment to make AXA UK & Ireland a fairer and more inspiring place to work for everyone.  
Delighted, really delighted at the recognition. And energised about what more we can still do. 
Empowering the next generation. 
Real progress. 
Hearing this makes me really proud to be part of AXA. It really inspires me to progress my career further and hopefully it does the same for lots of other women out there too. 
Our listing in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women, really recognises us as a force for inclusion in the UK society. And it’s something I’m extremely proud of.  
Here at AXA we strive to create a culture based on trust and respect where everyone can be themselves and achieve their full potential, with us.  

Know You Can. 

"By being a diverse and inclusive organisation we can understand our customers better but also be a great place to work for everyone."

Martin van der Wal - Director of ERM and Operational Risk, Co-chair of AXA Balance, AKA UK