Bupa believes in having a diverse and inclusive Board to bring a range of perspectives and insights to challenge management and support good decision making. It makes great business sense, not least because it means that, as a growing international health insurance and healthcare company, Bupa is better able to understand and meet customer and wider stakeholder needs if the organisation reflects its customer base.
Appointments to the Board are based on merit and objective criteria reflecting the skills, knowledge and experience needed to ensure a rounded and effective Board. Diversity in Bupa embraces knowledge and understanding of relevant diverse geographies, peoples and their backgrounds and includes race, social, educational and professional background, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief and age, as well as culture, personality, work-style and cognitive and personal strengths. Diversity also includes a diversity of perspectives on what motivates and interests Bupa’s existing and potential customers. Bupa’s Board is focused upon increasing Board diversity without compromising on the calibre of directors. Within this context the Board aspires to having an appropriate proportion of directors who have direct experience of some of Bupa’s key markets with different ethnic or social backgrounds and who may be non-UK nationals, of any gender, reflecting Bupa’s wide business base.
This policy was updated and adopted by the Board on 13 December 2018.