Two honors show Zurich’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
February 21, 2020
Zurich named to Forbes’ 2020 Best Employers for Diversity list and Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ equality.
Zurich has once again been recognized by two organizations for policies and practices that support diversity and inclusion in the workplace — and we’re building on our momentum. More on that in a moment. First, a look at the two honors …America's Best Employers for Diversity: For the third consecutive year, Zurich has been named to Forbes’ list of America's Best Employers for Diversity. Companies selected were chosen based on an independent survey of 60,000 American employees working for firms or institutions with 1,000 or more employees. The employees were not consulted via their employers but anonymously through several online panels.
Corporate Equality Index 2020 for LGBTQ Equality: For the sixth consecutive year, Zurich has been included in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. The CEI index is based on non-discrimination policies across business entities, equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families, support for an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.
Lauren Young, Zurich Director of Diversity & Inclusion, says that part of fostering a diverse, inclusive environment comes through in resources and benefits offered to Zurich employees. These include flexwork, a mentoring program, transgender-inclusive benefits, and paid family leave for birth, fostering and adoption as well as for caregiving needs for a loved one with a serious health condition.Zurich also celebrates diversity through a growing number of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), including PrideZ, DisabilitieZ, Good NewZ and others that help ensure every employee can bring their whole, authentic self to work.
“Whenever you can take the stress off of employees and create a sense of belonging, you help them to think clearly and work better and collaborate in groups,” Young said.
“Benefits and resources like these are critical to diversity and inclusion.”