Bloomington, IL,
04
June
2021
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08:10 AM
America/Chicago

Keeping our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

See how we’ve focused, spoken and invested to make an impact – and how you can help

Last year, in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many others State Farm publically committed to a better society saying, “We embrace the responsibility to work with others to make the world around us better.”

 Here’s what we’ve done.

We’ve Focused:

From formalizing the Chief Diversity Officer role to creating new learning opportunities, we’ve become more focused on diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the way we’re structured in our day-to-day operations.

  • We formalized the role of Chief Diversity Officer and named Victor Terry as the first to hold the position. This role elevates our current practices and providing additional structure to allow for even more focus on our (D&I) and community efforts.
  • Created the D&I Governance Council with its main objective to integrate diversity and inclusion into day-to-day business practices and how we lead our organization.
  • Created learning opportunities such as Ally Skills Workshops for all employees and Inclusive Practices and Talent Decisions for recruiters and leaders.
  • Cultivate transparency by sharing demographic data internally and externally. Victor Terry shared workforce information during an interview with CNBC’s Make It (Diversity chief role seen as an evolution to ongoing work).

We Spoke:

Our voices make a difference. We used the power of our voice publicly to stand up against racism.

 

  • We’ve continued to partner with Love has No Labels, a public service campaign focused on creating awareness of unconscious/implicit bias, to respond quickly to social events.
  • Forged a new partnership with Revolt Black News (RBN), where we sponsor coverage and dialogue for social justice related topics. Including a conversation with Ludacris about empowering Black youths.
  •  We encourage all employees to use their voices in open dialogue, to discuss how we can do more to help our communities and support our people.
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), which help employee connect with people with similar or completely different backgrounds, worked to host events and facilitate conversations.
  • We’ve shared our Environmental, Social and Governance Snapshot to convey our commitment and actions toward the concept of “Good Neighbors. Better World.”

We Contributed:

We also know change requires a deep dedication to our future. We have made a commitment to longstanding and meaningful support to diverse people and communites.

  • Donated $1 million to support the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., specifically in the areas of education and research dealing with social injustice.
  • Continued to work with nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting the needs of the Black/African American community, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, 100 Black Men, National Urban League, NAACP, and National African American Women’s Leadership Institute.
  • Pledged $100 million over five years to support minority communities and issues of racial equity and justice.
  • Donated $600,000 to six major organizations supporting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Our voices and actions make a difference. Setting an intention to be and do better was a start, and we followed up on that through teaching, learning and understanding.

We made a commitment to longstanding and meaningful support to diverse people and diverse communites because change needs investment in our future, and we have demonstrated – and will continue to demonstrate – that in our actions.