Sustainability at Odyssey Group

With a history dating back more than a century and the supportive ownership of Fairfax since 1996, Odyssey Group has been built to stand the test of time.

As an underwriting company, strong risk management principles are the cornerstone of our business. Today, we have a robust enterprise risk management framework that identifies environmental, social and governance issues as emerging risks that are analyzed and addressed across the organization.

In order to manage the challenges of tomorrow as successfully as we have thus far, we will continue to be guided by Odyssey Group’s Mission Statement as well as Fairfax Financial Holdings’ Guiding Principles.

 

Environmental

In a world where environmental issues continue to impact our future, we recognize the importance of operating in a sustainable manner and have taken steps to foster environmentally-friendly workplaces. Climate change is a threat to sustainability and, as a matter of risk management, we are committed to managing its impact on our business, as well as our clients and business partners, and responding appropriately.

 

Community

We are dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities in which our employees live and work. Each year we set aside 1% of our pre-tax earnings for charitable purposes. We established the Odyssey Group Foundation in 2007 and, since then, the Foundation and its business affiliates around the world have pledged over $55 million to more than 400 charities ranging from global disaster relief to groundbreaking medical research.

We are a trusted and committed philanthropic partner to some of the world’s leading organizations. Our contributions have resulted in several significant achievements. Learn about our specific endeavors by visiting the Odyssey Group Foundation page.

 

Culture

We provide employees an innovative, enriching work environment, and take great pride in their career growth and subsequent contributions both to Odyssey Group and their communities. We are an equal opportunity employer with excellent benefits, a strong commitment to training and opportunities to serve around the world.

Fostering diversity and inclusion across our organization is an essential part of Odyssey Group’s long-term sustainability and success. We aim to have an employee base and leadership team that is diverse in as many ways as possible. We continue to strive for diversity through various initiatives that draw candidates with a broad array of backgrounds, perspectives and capabilities.

We recognize that all individuals have the right to mutual respect and acceptance without biases of any kind. We are committed to:

  • Providing a work environment that is free from discrimination in all forms across our global enterprise
  • Providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants based on merit and without discrimination
  • Seeking out a diverse pool of candidates for all open positions
  • Providing scholarships and internships to a diverse pool of candidates within the communities in which we live and work

 

Governance

Odyssey Group’s Corporate Governance Guidelines reflect our commitment to good corporate governance and compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements. In furtherance of these objectives, the Odyssey Group Board of Directors have a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and written charters for its Compensation Committee and Audit Committee. In addition, we have adopted and maintained numerous policies to ensure the continuing personal and corporate integrity that is critical to sustainability. Please visit our Corporate Governance page for more information.

 

Please review Fairfax’s latest ESG Report for more information.