QBE Recognized as a Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplace by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New York, NY – QBE was recognized as a Top 100 (#2 for Insurance) Adoption-Friendly Workplace by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, America's only nonprofit public charity dedicated to finding homes for children in foster care.

QBE offers its employees six weeks paid leave and up to $10,000 financial reimbursement. Additionally, all working parents receive guidance on preparing for parental leave and returning to work, back-up childcare options for when regular care is unavailable, as well childcare discounts, special needs assistance and educational advising.

"QBE is committed to providing a great place to work for all our employees, which includes offering benefit solutions for the diverse needs of our employees," said Russ Johnston, Chief Executive Officer of QBE North America. "Our Adoption Assistance Program recognizes and celebrates that our employees build their families in many different ways. It is important for our employees to have time to bond with their new child and the financial assistance they may need when opening their homes and hearts to children through adoption."
Since 2007, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the top adoption-friendly workplaces. Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces are determined by an analysis of financial assistance and paid leave for families who adopt, based on surveys completed by employers.

"We're committed to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions from foster care, and commend all employers who support families – especially those that grow their families through adoption," said Rita Soronen, president and CEO of the Foundation. "We are so grateful to every company that has adoption-friendly benefits in place, and we're honored to recognize them as an Adoption-Friendly Workplace."

More than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system are waiting to be adopted. Every year, more than 23,000 children in foster care age out of the system without families.

Companies and their employees interested in learning how to create or enhance an Adoption-Friendly Workplace can order the Foundation's free kit at adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org.

About QBE
QBE North America is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE NA reported Gross Written Premiums in 2015 of $4.6 billion. QBE Insurance Group's 2015 results can be found at www.qbena.com. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out of 43 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance market. The North America division, headquartered in New York, conducts business through its property and casualty insurance subsidiaries. QBE insurance companies are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best and "A+" by Standard & Poor's. Additional information can be found at www.qbena.com, or follow QBE North America on Twitter.

Carla Ferrara, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Branding, 212.497.9604, Carla.ferrara@us.qbe.com