For the first time, Securian Financial has joined more than 1,000 of the largest companies in the United States as a participant in the annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index.
The Index measures how companies promote LGBTQ+ friendly workplace policies. Companies are rated across five broad categories:
- Non-discrimination policies
- Employment benefits
- Demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion
- Public commitment to LGBTQ+ equality
- Responsible citizenship
Pride at Securian Financial, the company’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group (ERG), spearheaded the company’s efforts to participate in the Index. The process included a survey across each criteria and examples of our commitment to LGBTQ+ support.
Documentation included a “Respectful Workplaces” course required of all employees, an active ERG, anti-discrimination policies, equivalency in benefits and community outreach. Demonstrated outreach included the Pride group’s sponsorship of Twin Cities Pride Family Fun Day and inclusion of LGBTQ+ families in our television advertising.
Why the Corporate Equality Index matters
Dexter Davis, Securian Financial’s chief diversity officer and senior director, Talent Management, said, “Being able to bring your most authentic self to work is so important. Taking part in the HRC Corporate Equality Index, alongside our industry peers, is an important way Securian Financial can be visible in our support for LGBTQ+ employees and families. From showing everyday moments in our advertising campaigns to ensuring that we have the right benefit options, we want our employees to be comfortable with expressing who they are when they are here.”
Completing the Index for the first time was also a key goal for the Pride group.
“I think participating in the HRC’s Index is a valuable way to affirm our ERG’s dedication to being a resource to our business in working with a unique group of customers,” said Chris Hoegh, Enterprise Initiatives consultant, who led the team completing the survey. “We are pleased to score so highly in our first year and have learned a lot to help us identify areas where we can further demonstrate our inclusiveness.”
The HRC 2020 Corporate Index Report is available on the Human Rights Campaign website. In addition to summarizing results and trends in corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees, the report lists all companies’ results across each criterion and is segmented by industry (Securian Financial is found under the “Banking and Financial Services” heading).