Thursday, December 6, 2012

Embracing Diversity at Aon

Aon plc prides itself on supporting diverse employees and suppliers of all backgrounds. Aon became an NGLCCNY Copper Corporate Partner in June 2010 and its strong commitment to the LGBT business community is evident through its ongoing partnership with the Chamber.

In 2011, Aon hosted their first M3: Members' Monthly Mixer. This year Aon teamed up with Zurich (now a Platinum Business Member) to host the October M3, which was attended by nearly 100 Chamber members and guests including many LGBT and allied representatives from both Aon and Zurich. Given the great turn out and positive results, Aon and Zurich immediately reserved the November 2013 M3. “We're starting a tradition,” said Peter Eich, an Account Executive with Aon Risk Solutions and Co-Chair of Aon’s New York Pride Alliance. "There's something special about Aon being one of the hosts of the final M3 of the year and we're happy to support the Chamber community in this way.”

Aon is particularly excited that it has maintained a score of 100 over the past six years on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index -- the longest period of time that a risk management company has held such a score.

“Aon, which stands with and fully embraces the LGBT community, hopes to be seen as a beacon in the community when it comes to insurance,” added Mr. Eich. Being open to and inclusive of the LGBT community has helped Aon attract and retain top talent as it strives to be a model for other companies seeking to implement diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices.

The New York Aon Pride Alliance, which started more than two years ago, “has enabled Aon’s LGBT employees to build a strong, supportive community while building additional business opportunities within Aon,” says Mr. Eich. For example, through Aon’s Pride Alliance, Aon’s LGBT employees have developed relationships with team members in other Aon divisions, better enabling Aon brokers to refer business internally.

Additionally, Mr. Eich is personally exploring ways to connect NGLCCNY-certified businesses to key internal decision makers. Aon has included LGBT-owned businesses in its supplier diversity program since 2009.

As Aon’s Director of Supplier Diversity & Strategic Alliances, Phillip Styles, explains, “Aon is a company that embraces diversity not only of its employees, but also amongst its clients and suppliers.” Since Aon started its supplier diversity program in 2005, the diverse spend has increased from 8 percent to approximately 24 percent. For more information on Aon’s supplier diversity program, please visit

Written by Robert Finkelstein, Esq., NGLCCNY Corporate Correspondent, Media Communications Committee. Rob is an attorney practicing commercial litigation, construction law, general corporate, and employment law with John E. Osborn P.C.

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