Diversity, Equity 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 us for inquiries about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at BCBSRI.

In the workplace

The diversity of our company represents the richness of our culture. We take pride in our commitment to Diversity, Equity and 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.

Here is an update on how we are advancing DE&I

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion education

Following our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion organizational assessment in 2012, our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion rolled out broad-based Diversity, Equity and 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, Equity and 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, Equity and 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 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team, as well as providing 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 seven employee business resource groups (EBRGs):

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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, Equity and 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.