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Company responsibility

Good citizenship is the Markel Style

In keeping with our people-first emphasis, Markel has a commitment to responsible, sustainable company citizenship that supports the long-term development of Markel as the leading global specialty insurer. Our dedication to this approach consistently reflects the guidance of our company compass, the Markel Style. From our people to our communities to our environment, we take this commitment seriously.

People drive Markel’s promise to help insureds move forward.

As part of the Markel Style, we hold the individual's right to self-determination in the highest light, providing an atmosphere in which people can reach their personal potential.

We encourage career development, celebrate a diverse workforce, and recognize employees who are committed to a zealous pursuit of excellence. Ultimately, we strive to make Markel a place where our employees win by pursuing fulfilling careers. This includes serving our customers, continuously learning, and providing for communities in a dependable and sustainable fashion. While the Markel Style is an ideal, below you'll see what happens when it's put into action. 

  • Markel's underwriting training program

    Markel is focused on developing the next generation of underwriters.

  • Diversity and inclusion

    Learn how we're always working to build a collaborative work environment where everyone is heard.

  • Making global leaders at Markel

    Markel’s leadership programs are geared specifically to developing the next generation of leaders.

At Markel, we support the local communities where we live and operate.

The Markel Style guides us and reminds us to honor our commitment to our communities, which we accomplish through company donations complemented by employee-led giving.

Making a difference locally starts with authentic engagement and continues with definitive action, whether through providing financial support or volunteering time. Together with our employees within our insurance-based business, we have a strong tradition of supporting local, national, and international organizations whose missions align with the Markel Style. Below you'll find examples of how we take commitment to our communities seriously.

  • The Markel Specialty Scholarship

    Markel is focused on promoting career development by improving access to education—regardless of a person’s financial situation or background—and ensuring underrepresented groups have a path to success.

  • Our approach to corporate giving

    Honoring its commitment to community, Markel achieved another historic year of corporate giving in 2021 across its insurance group.

  • Matching Gifts program

    Complementing Markel’s corporate and local office giving, the Matching Gifts program adds a company match to an employee’s donations to qualifying non-profit organizations.

We're committed to environmental stewardship.

The Markel Style inspires us to look for a better way to do things, and those efforts include actions and practices that reduce our impact on the environment. We look for ways within our business to minimize our impact through more sustainable practices and to be actively involved in efforts aimed at improving the world we live in. We are also mindful of the potential impact of environmental changes on our business and approach this with our usual long-term mindset, in particular with respect to our underwriting strategies.

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    Tom Baker, Markel's International Head of Renewable Energy, provides his outlook for the booming renewable energy industry.