Our growing number of associates from diverse backgrounds were scattered throughout multiple departments and locations. Diverse associates were not engaged in the process of attracting and retaining diverse talent.
The mission of our Business Resource Groups (BRGs) is to provide an open forum where our associates can aspire, develop, and collaborate to reach their highest potential, support our communities and serve as a key resource to the company. As of 2019, we have the following groups:
Groups are open to all employees regardless of their own background/identity. Each BRG has at least one executive sponsor who helps create, champion and execute the group mission and annual objectives.
Empower Retirement currently has 20 BRG chapters throughout our company with a membership representing 15% of our total employee population. In addition to planning for different Heritage Month celebrations including Black History Month, Women's History Month and Pride Month to name a few, our BRGs have made a positive impact on the recruitment of diverse hires, HR policies, and the development of a new bilingual customer services representative role.
It has been very exciting to see our Business Resource Groups influence our business. I love the energy. I’ve seen the BRGs impact recruiting, our HR policies, and help promote our brand in the community. We are at 15% of associates engaged with BRGs, including many senior leaders, and I just expect that number to keep growing.