COUNTRY Financial identified the need to ensure diverse voices are heard and perspectives are understood through conversations about race and equality.
In June 2019, COUNTRY Financial CEO Jim Jacobs made a public statement declaring our stance against racial injustice. At the same time, he asked the corporate Multicultural Resource Group (MCRG) to recommend a process the organization could use to ensure diverse perspectives are understood, and conversations continue, about race and equality.
In response, the MCRG hosted a virtual panel discussion where leaders shared their perspectives and personal stories about current local and national issues regarding ongoing civil unrest.
The purpose of the panel was to:
Over 300 employees attended the kick-off panel discussion and a recording was made available for others to view who could not attend.
In addition, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) program leaders and the MCRG implemented an action plan to keep the conversations going at COUNTRY Financial. The plan includes:
In addition, the Early Career Resource Group integrated D&I into their leadership discussion series and the Women Lead Resource Group hosted a discussion on the intersection of race and gender.
We will not be silent. We owe it to our clients, communities and you – our employees and representatives – to take a stance against racism, prejudice and injustice in the United States.