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Assurant's DEI Commitment: Reflections from 2021

Alecia Bailey

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The spirit of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has always been deeply rooted at Assurant, but what transpired over this last year to advance our DEI goals has been nothing short of powerful. It's all due to our shared dedication to doing what's right, funneling from our core values of Common Decency and Common Sense. 

At Assurant, we aim to mirror the world around us. We celebrate our culture, which is as diverse in perspectives and experiences as those we serve, and use our collective strength to fuel innovation, serve our communities and be the best workplace for our employees.  

We have focused our commitment to building a stronger Assurant through a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture, and made it real through programming, learning, recruiting and charitable giving.

Our DEI Strategy guides us and is accelerating the way we foster diverse thoughts and experiences. It defines and directs our path toward reflecting the communities we live in while deepening our understanding of each other. This fosters collaboration as we work together to solve problems and serve our customers.  

Today, our commitment to fostering a welcoming culture for all is more important than ever and continues to be a core focus area at Assurant. A diverse, equitable and inclusive Assurant helps us better understand and connect with our employees, clients and customers.

As our DEI initiatives continue to advance, I’m honored to benchmark our accomplishments and applaud the progress we’ve made within the past year.

Assurant Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Benchmarks

In 2021, we created a tremendous opportunity for us to see our work and the world through the broader lens of diversity individually, collectively and experientially. 

"We embraced the belief that diversity is who we are, all of us. We listened and learned from many of our employees to understand what their heritage means to themselves, personally and the impact it has on their role at Assurant."

— Alecia Bailey, Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We created spaces for conversations from several different perspectives that covered various topics across the workforce, workplace and marketplace.

I invite you to read the DEI 2021 highlights here, which include:

  • introducing diverse slates for our interviewing practices
  • soft-launching our first Employee Resource Group (ERG)
  • awarding about $17 million to diverse-owned businesses through our Supplier D&I program, far exceeding our initial goal of $5 million for the year. 

Our Continued Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Assurant

I’ve always been passionate about creating opportunity and uplifting others, particularly members of underrepresented communities. When I started the Upward Mentorship Program three years ago, my mission was to give employees the opportunity to develop and learn while connecting with the cross-functional leaders who act as mentors. 

I’ve also been dedicated to supporting Junior Achievement and the Rankin Foundation, which provides scholarships and support for low-income women ages thirty-five and older to build better lives through post-secondary education.

In my new role, I welcome the chance to expand Assurant’s DEI efforts worldwide. 

What's Ahead for Assurant's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program

From the momentum created throughout 2021, I am proud to continue to advance our efforts, focusing on our workforce, workplace and marketplace DEI strategy pillars while enhancing our content globally to increase the inclusion of our employee base. 

We will continue to put our people and their professional and personal development first, focusing on education, mentorships and continued conversations. We will broaden our focus on the progression of women in leadership at Assurant, reframing strategic partnerships to support global talent development and recruiting efforts. 

I want to thank all our employees and partners for their efforts in building a stronger Assurant as we bring our DEI commitment to life. 

-Alecia Bailey
Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Assurant




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Alecia Bailey

VP, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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