Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement: Medical Mutual is committed to demonstrating and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at our company and in the communities where we live and work. Our employee engagement efforts, workforce recruitment and training, community support, and diverse supplier base exemplify our proactive commitment to the mission and values that make us an industry leader and outstanding corporate citizen.
Medical Mutual offers opportunities to engage employees year round with DEI efforts, such as educational programming, paid time off to volunteer, employee-led Business Resource Groups and inclusion training. The goal is to foster an inclusive environment knowing that Medical Mutual is strongest when we encourage and value everyone’s diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Workforce Recruitment and Training
Medical Mutual understands the importance of recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. This starts by building a pipeline through our college programs where more than half of the participants are from racially and ethnically diverse populations. We also ensure focused recruitment strategies are in place, commit to interviewing at least one racially diverse and one female candidate when recruiting for leadership positions, and then develop and engage diverse talent once they are hired. These efforts have resulted in Medical Mutual being 28% racially diverse, which is 27% more diverse than the population of the state of Ohio.
Medical Mutual invests both dollars and human resources in the communities where we live and work. In 2020 alone, we donated more than $7 million to nonprofit and community organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a typical year, Medical Mutual employees log nearly 6,000 volunteer hours helping local nonprofits strengthen our communities. Medical Mutual executives hold leadership roles on 23 nonprofit boards, many of which focus on or support diversity and inclusion through their own mission statements. We also use our voice and influence to advocate for racial and social justice within our communities. We have come together with other organizations in declaring racism a public health crisis and are fully committed to addressing social determinants of health head on.
Medical Mutual sets organizational goals to increase our diverse supplier base. We focus on the following to assist with those goals: define areas of opportunity, utilize multiple databases and resources to identify potential vendors, regularly track and benchmark our progress, and participate in procurement professional meetings with peers to share diverse suppliers, as well as best practices.