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Securian Financial receives “Equality 100 Award” from Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Award recognizes achievements in LGTBQ+ policies, benefits and practices

Securian Financial received a perfect score of 100 on the 2023 Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s leading benchmarking survey and report that measures corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

Securian Financial first participated in the survey in 2020, earning a score of 85. By 2022, it increased to 90, and this year reached 100. The company has diligently focused on its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to make these gains.

“I’m incredibly proud of the team for the work put in to get us to this perfect score. It is reflective of the progress we’ve made,” noted Tariq Malik, 2nd vice president and chief diversity officer. “And while we take a moment to celebrate, we also know that we still have work to do. The survey process shows us that we are doing well overall, but also provides areas of focus where we can continue to improve.”

The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under these central pillars:

  • Workplace protections
  • Inclusive benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families
  • Internal training and inclusive culture
  • Corporate social responsibility

“We have many notable achievements,” said Sheryl Vaz, DEI consultant. “Some of these include having and creating awareness around transgender inclusive and domestic partner benefits, an LGBTQ+ benefits guide, gender transition guidelines and internal training and awareness on the topics of intersectionality and gender identity through our employee resource groups and Learning and Development partners.”

Human Rights Council Foundation, Equality 100 award logo

The 2023 CEI results show that 1,384 companies participated in the survey, and 545 businesses earned the highest mark on the index. In addition, 378 of Fortune 500 businesses have an average rating of 86. The full report is available at

“We're so proud of the progress we've made in a short period of time. From our very first score of 85 in 2020 all the way to 100 just three years later. It's exciting to see Securian's dedication to a more inclusive work environment being recognized,” stated Rebecca Gebhart, Sales Operations senior analyst, and Jesse Gebhardt, tax consultant, and co-leaders of Securian Financial’s Pride employee resource group.

DEI at Securian Financial

We work to create a welcoming, inclusive environment for all employees every day.

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Pride at Securian Financial

Our Pride employee resource group develops a community for LGBTQ+ associates and allies, and helps create a more aware, respectful and inclusive workplace.

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Sheryl Vaz, Tariq Malik, Jesse Gebhardt and Rebecca Gebhart are Securian Financial employees and thus have a financial connection to Securian Financial. Their statements were given freely.

Securian Financial is the marketing name for Securian Financial Group, Inc., and its subsidiaries. Insurance products are issued by its subsidiary insurance companies, including Minnesota Life Insurance Company and Securian Life Insurance Company, a New York authorized insurer. Variable products are distributed by Securian Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA.

DOFU 12-2023