This seems to be a classic example of failing to practice what you preach.

If you apply for a job at Aviva you are assured that: ‘Our diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives are shaping an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of age, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, maternity or those with other caring responsibilities. Our approach helps to ensure that Aviva is a place which values difference and provides equal opportunities for all.’

And yet, if this article is correct, Aviva has pushed out one of its most senior women while she was on maternity leave. Sarah Morris was head of HR and spearheaded Aviva’s commitment to promoting women and helping parents achieve a work-life balance.

Employers are always encouraged to have policies, covering everything from grievances to whistleblowing, but there is little point in having these policies if they are then ignored.

Ironically, just before she went on maternity leave Sarah Morris commented ‘I think you can have a brilliant a career and love what you do and have a family.’ Let’s hope she finds that opportunity with another firm that actually puts its policies into practice.