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. Contact Guillaume Bagal for inquiries about Diversity & Inclusion at BCBSRI.

View our Q1-Q4 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Events, Milestones, and Metrics

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.

Learn how we are building a culture that reflects our community

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.

Diversity Council

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 (EBRGs) 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 EBRGs are usually composed of associates with a shared dimension of diversity, all interested associates are welcome to participate. We recognize the importance of EBRGs and their place within the organization. We currently have six employee business resource groups (EBRGs):

Emerging Blue Talent
Emerging Blue Talent

To shape the future of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island by motivating, supporting, and facilitating the growth of developing professionals under the age of 40. Aimed to create opportunities for emerging leaders to build cross-functional relationships, expanding a diversity of skills and elevate their careers, while continuing to advance the strategic priorities of BCBSRI.

Emerging Blue Talent

Latin@Link serves as a channel to welcome ideas, talents, and contributions from Latinos and our allies so that together we can further advance the mission, vision, and strategy of BCBSRI. We will accomplish this by building community, providing professional development opportunities for our members, and serving as a positive presence and support to the greater Rhode Island population.

Emerging Blue Talent
Blue pRIde

Through the power of diversity, create a safer, more supportive environment for members of the LGBTQ community-for associates, partners, and the community as a whole.

Emerging Blue Talent
Military Services EBRG

This organization will be made up of Active, Retired, Reserve, and Separated Service members and their families, as well as supporters of military service men and women with the desire to create a network of support capable of providing guidance and service to both the internal and external BCBSRI communities.

Emerging Blue Talent

To provide a support system for professionals working to achieve the balance between career and childcare. Our members provide resources, share experiences and advocate for all types of families at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

Emerging Blue Talent
Black Council @ Blue

Providing a channel that promotes diversity, culture, and inclusion for all employees at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island by cultivating, sustaining and maintaining an energized network of professionals in support of individuals of African descent at BCBSRI.

Emerging Blue Talent
Disibility Inclusion Network @ Blue

Promoting inclusion of individuals affected by disabilities and enhance the experience of current and future BCBSRI associates with disabilities.

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.

Learn more about our work in the community

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. 

Recommended certifications

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:

If you have any questions, please email strategicsourcing@bcbsri.com.

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
  • IT contingent labor services
  • Printing
  • Promotional items
  • Staffing solutions

Learn more

If you are interested in being a supplier or already are a supplier, please login in to our supplier portal.

Registering with BCBSRI will not automatically guarantee a business opportunity. We will contact suppliers that meet our criteria if we have an appropriate business opportunity.

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