Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Community Impact Through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

By Desiree Canto, Community Relations Specialist
Here at CUNA Mutual Group we have 12 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). The ERGs are available to all employees and include – but are not limited to – women, multicultural, military veterans, people with disabilities, LGBT+ employees and allies.

ERGs – also known as affinity or business-resource groups – are led by employees with common interests. They promote personal and professional development, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion.

“It is important for us as an organization to be accepting of one another and embrace each other’s cultural backgrounds, nationalities and races,” said Ligia Vado Sequeira, Analytics Analyst, and member of the AMIG@S ERG (our resource group for Hispanic and Latino employees). “This makes us more understanding and enables us to develop better solutions for our customers and give them superior customer service.”

In addition to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, our ERGs are making a positive impact (1 min. 30 sec.) with employees and in our communities.

“Community involvement and partnerships are a big part of our overall ERG and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy,” said Joe Hankey, Diversity & Inclusion Manager and ERG Leader. “Having an impact on our local community is really important.”

This is evident in our communities. According to Paul Terranova, Executive Director at Lussier Community Education Center, a Madison-area community center, CUNA Mutual Group employees help in many ways – volunteering in their programs, helping plan their signature fundraising event, and donating produce they’ve grown to their food pantry.

“Through ERGs we always look for ways to make a difference in our community,” said Julietta Johnson, Claims Specialist, and an African American ERG co-lead. “We are fostering collaboration, settling for nothing less than equity and living our corporate values, while also being able to give back to our communities.”

Learn more about how we give back and focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a business.

Whether it’s in a group or individually, you can always make an impact on your community by supporting local non-profits. Tell us what volunteer opportunities you participate in on Facebook or Twitter.