Diversity and inclusion
The definition of diversity goes far beyond the traditional categories of race, gender, and ethnicity. It extends to personal qualities that can't always be measured. Diversity is part of who we are, and our organization is formally committed to embracing diversity, inclusion, and equity in order to best serve the needs of our members, customers, and associates across Rhode Island.
In the workplace
The diversity of our company represents the richness of our culture. We take pride in our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion among our associates and our members. We embrace and value the diversity of our workforce and recognize that we can be at our best only when everyone has an opportunity for success. Additional D&I training sessions offered to associates touch on unconscious bias, creating safe spaces for LGBTQ associates, and ways to be an effective ally for marginalized communities.
Diversity & Inclusion education
Following our Diversity & Inclusion organizational assessment in 2012, our Office of Diversity & Inclusion rolled out broad-based Diversity & Inclusion education for all associates. We began by providing a full day of education to all managers, followed by a half-day training for each of our individual contributors. This education enables us all to have the same understanding of what Diversity & Inclusion means to BCBSRI. As we continue on our journey, we continue to provide this base of training for all new associates and we find new ways to engage all associates around Diversity & Inclusion.
The BCBSRI Diversity Council is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence for BCBSRI. The membership includes representatives from all divisions and layers of the organization. These associates, who reflect a broad spectrum of diversity, have pledged to help enhance awareness of diversity concerns, raise critical issues to the attention of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, as well as provide the Office of Diversity & Inclusion with advice and guidance.
Employee Business Resource Groups
Employee business resource groups (ERGs) are employee networks structured around non-majority dimensions of diversity. Dimensions of diversity are traits that impact a person at home, work, and in society. Examples include gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, generations, and physical ability. While ERGs are usually composed of associates with a shared dimension of diversity, all interested associates are welcome to participate. We recognize the importance of ERGs and their place within the organization. We currently have six active ERGs:
- Emerging Blue Talent
- Blue pRIde
- Military Services ERG
- Black Council @ Blue
In the community
BCBSRI is committed to serving the needs of all Rhode Islanders. It is our goal to provide valuable and meaningful experiences for all of our members, associates, and communities that we serve. To achieve this goal, we proudly partner with and support community organizations that promote various aspects of Diversity & Inclusion.
With our suppliers
Through our Supplier Diversity Program, we actively seek and encourage qualified minority- and women-owned suppliers from all segments of the business community to participate in our corporate procurement process. We recognize the value that this program brings to our company, our members, and our associates.
All suppliers interested in doing business with Blue Cross' supplier diversity program must be certified by an accredited certifying agency and provide copies of their certifications. We recommend the following:
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and its regional affiliates
- Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and its regional affiliates
- National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
- Small Business Administration (SBA) for small businesses and those owned by a veteran
- United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) for business owners with a disability
- Other government agencies (state or national level)
If you have any questions, please contact Lori A. Rodriques, program administrator, at (401) 459-2609 or Lori.Rodriques@bcbsri.org.
What we purchase
As an organization helping nearly 400,000 members, we purchase a variety of products and services, including:
- Advertising and marketing services
- Computer hardware, software supplies, and services
- Facilities management services
- IT contingent labor services
- Office cleaning services
- Office equipment, furniture, supplies, and services
- Promotional items
- Staffing solutions