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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Empowered by Difference

We believe doing the right thing means understanding, supporting and leveraging the unique differences and collective similarities that make each of us valuable.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Accolades and honors

2022 Corporate Equality Index award, Best places to work for equality and inclusion

Human Rights Campaign
2022 Corporate Equality Index
Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality1

 
DCIAA Diversity and Inclusion awards 2020


DCIIA, Diversity & Inclusion Award nominee 2

Associates Julie Ross and Kevin Kolter recognized as the 2022 Leader and Rising Star nominees. 

Investment news 2020 Diversity Inclusion award - Empower Retirement


2020 InvestmentNews Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion3

Empower Retirement scores 80% on Disability Equality index for 2020


Recognized among 'Best places to work for Disability Inclusion'4

Societal advocacy and community support

Colorado inclusive economy logo
Ed Murphy, CEO, is a founding member of this movement focused on driving diversity, equity and inclusion within the business and throughout Colorado.5
 
Equality Act logo

Empower is a member of this coalition that supports the Equality Act, federal legislation that would provide the same basic protections to LGBTQ people as are provided to other protected groups.6
 
CEO Action diversity logo

Our CEO pledged a commitment to advance our diversity and inclusion initiatives.7

Welcome One and All

Empower strives to be as diverse as the customers we serve. When clients see their communities reflected in our associates, we achieve better outcomes together.

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Be Yourself

We want your talents and everything else you bring to the table: race, ethnicity, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, ability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion and citizenship status.

How we’re taking action

  • We offer inclusive benefits to same-sex partners, paternity and maternity benefits and transgender transition benefits.
  • Through partnerships with groups like the Latino Leadership, Disability:IN, Human Rights Campaign Institute and We Inspire Promote Network, we’re expanding our pool of candidates.
  • We’re mentoring students at college campuses to help them build their resumes and professional networks.

Be Heard

A more equitable workforce delivers more diverse ideas. Which in turn leads to enhanced problem solving, active engagement and ultimately better solutions for those who depend on our services. 

How we’re taking action

  • Our Business Resource Groups rally around common interests, experiences and identities.
  • Today, more than 20% of our associates belong to at least one Business Resource Group.8
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Family, father mother and son

Be Valued

We’re creating a more balanced workplace by helping all employees feel welcomed, engaged, represented and valued. We have work to do, but we’re better today than we were yesterday and we’ll be even better tomorrow.

How we’re taking action

  • 97% of our associates have taken steps to address their unconscious bias.9
  • Our Diversity & Inclusion Council monitors and communicates progress about our initiatives and also advises on future efforts.

Be Represented

We’re working to be more reflective and committed to our communities and the customers that we serve. To make that happen, we aspire to match our community demographics instead of adhering to industry standards.

How we’re taking action

  • In 2021, our associates volunteered 9,406 hours.10
  •  In 2021, we donated $2.14 million to nonprofits.9
  • We partner with local colleges and offer internship opportunities.
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Our Business Resource Groups

We call them business resource groups because they actually guide our business

Business Resource Groups - Empower
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Where we stand right now

Representation by ethnicity11

White 68.2% | Latino 8.1% | Black 7.9% | Asian 6.1% |Two or More races 2.3% | Native American/Alaska Native 0.3% | Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3%

Representation by gender11

Men 49.6% | Women 50.3% 

Join our team and help us lead the effort

1 Human Rights Campaign 2022 Corporate Equality Index.

2 Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association, https://dciia.org/, 2021.

3 https://www.dandiin.com/, October 21, 2020.

4 https://disabilityin.org, July 2020.

5 www.inclusiveeconomy.us

6 www.hrc.org/resources/business-coalition-for-equality

7 https://www.ceoaction.com/

8 As of March 31, 2022.

9 As of March 30, 2020.

10 http://www.empowercommunityimpact.com, 2021.

11 As of September 30, 2022.


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