Unum recognized for disability inclusion

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Unum recognized for disability inclusion

Unum helps millions of people gain access to essential disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision benefits through the workplace. These are benefits people rely on during some of life’s most challenging times, and Unum is committed to meeting their needs with simplicity, empathy and expertise.

To do this, the company is building an inclusive and diverse workforce that is representative of the customers it serves, bringing together different voices, perspectives, experiences and thinking, and ensuring the contributions of every team member are appreciated and valued.

This ongoing work has led to a few notable recognitions, including being named one of the most inclusive places to work for LGBTQ+ employees and a best employer for women. In addition to these honors, Unum was just named one of the 2019 Disability Equality Index (DEI) “Best Places to Work” for disability inclusion by the joint initiative of the Disability: IN and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Unum scored particularly high for culture and leadership committed to inclusion, a reflection of the positive impact the company’s Inclusion Council, senior leadership and employee resource groups are having to help advance Unum’s inclusion journey.

“The Disability Equality Index benchmarks our practices and shows where we can improve to be the most inclusive, diverse and welcoming company for our employees,” said Elizabeth Ahmed, executive vice president of People and Communications. “Unum is committed to ensuring an inclusive workplace, which allows employees to bring their best selves to work and better reflects the millions of people and families we protect.”

The benchmark offers an objective measure of disability inclusion practices and procedures. Companies are rated on several key performance indicators including culture, leadership, accessibility, employment, community engagement, support services and supplier diversity.

Unum offers a variety of programs, benefits and resources to advance an inclusive culture so all employees can reach their full potential. More than 1,000 employees are involved in Employee Resource Groups, creating opportunities for employees to learn more about one another and the benefits of being an inclusive and diverse workplace.

The company’s Ability Employee Resource Group, one of five ERGs at Unum, is a community of employees with disabilities, caregivers to family members with disabilities, and allies of people with disabilities. The group raises awareness of what it’s like to live and work with a disability and helps others understand the challenges they face. The Ability ERG also explores ways the company can better connect with customers and the community.

The company’s other ERGs include:

  • LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group — (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning and others) Employee Resource Group seeks to create a workplace that is inclusive and accepting of all individuals
  • Race & Ethnicity Employee Resource Group — represents and empowers all current and future employees of varied races
  • Veteran’s Networking Group — seeks to continue to serve others by making Unum the veteran employer of choice
  • Women’s Professional Network — strives to increase the richness of opportunities for women

To find out more about Unum’s dedication to inclusion, visit Unum’s 2018 Corporate Responsibility site.

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