We’re committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace – and beyond.
Grange values all the things that make us unique as human beings. We’re committed to creating and supporting a workforce and agency force that reflects differences ranging from race, gender and age to thoughts, perspectives, and experiences. To foster an inclusive environment, we will be intentional in bringing those differences together for the good of Grange, its agents, and customers.
Grange is a proud member of CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™, a national initiative of more than 2,000 CEOs and Presidents who are pledging to ACT ON supporting a more inclusive workplace for employees, communities and society at large. As a company, we’ve also reaffirmed our commitment to fighting racial injustice and inequality, adding our voice to the call to declare racism a public health crisis in our headquarters city of Columbus, Ohio.
We continue to strengthen our efforts to increase diversity amongst our workforce, with over 50% of officer and manager new hires being diverse in 2020. Additionally, we’ve held crucial conversations focused on race with our senior leadership, management teams and within business units, devoted a page on our intranet to promote diversity and inclusion resources, introduced “Conversations of Understanding” training, and conducted mandatory unconscious bias training.
“At Grange, we work hard to create an environment where everyone feels accepted, no matter who they are. This is true for our associates, our agents and our customers and makes us a company people want to do business with.”
John Ammendola, President & CEO
Read our statement against racism, inequality, and injustice.
Diversity and inclusion is key to our corporate strategy.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion plays an important role in our overall enterprise strategy. Maximizing the potential of a diverse workforce is not only a social imperative, but also a competitive advantage. From a business vantage point, to best serve the market we must “employ the market.” Only through a multi-dimensional lens can we truly understand the needs of our agents and customers and provide them with the right products and services. Importantly, this lens also allows us to keep pace with the marketplace and remain competitive.
Some of our recent diversity and inclusion efforts include:
Conducting annual gender pay equity analysis
Updating EEO and harassment policies to include sexual orientation and gender identity
Introducing Hate Crime Deductible Waiver for personal lines auto and home
$1 million pledge to provide support to non-profits impacted by the pandemic and those focused on fighting racism and poverty
With demographic shifts, advances in technology and communications, and globalization, diversity is quickly becoming a driver of growth around the world. For Grange to succeed in the marketplace, we must make the most of the full range of our associates. We need to attract and retain the right skills, the best minds, all the required resources – and that means diversity.”
AVP of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations
Columbus Business First Outstanding Diversity
Champion 2021 Honoree
We are engaged with our diverse workforce.
Associate Resource Groups
Offering Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) is one way that we engage and invest in our associates and help create an environment that fosters learning, innovation, and growth while also moving Grange closer to becoming a high performing organization.
ARGs give members an opportunity to learn from one another on a personal and professional level, contribute to the business outside of their current role, and foster new, innovative ideas that will help move the organization forward.
At Grange, there are currently three Associate Resource Groups:
Pride Partnership and Allies. Founded in March 2016, this group strives to promote a safe, friendly, and rewarding work environment for all associates, with a focus on empowering the LGBTQ+ community.
Women’s Group. Started in 2013, this group is focused on leveraging the unique perspectives and value of all female associates.
Young Professionals. Founded in 2014, this group helps develop driven young professionals, with varying levels of experience, by providing the resources and opportunities for them to move forward in their careers.
Plans are underway to launch additional groups.
Diversity and Inclusion Education and Events
Additional diversity and inclusion development and engagement opportunities include:
Annual enterprise-wide learning conference, Elevate
Access to our corporate LinkedIn Learning account, which provides a variety of D&I focused learning journeys
Day of Understanding
Conversations of Understanding discussions
Veteran’s Day luncheon
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training
In addition to engagement opportunities, we also offer many diversity, equity and inclusion development opportunities for associates, managers, and company officers. Examples of this training include:
Creating an Inclusive Culture
What does diversity, equity and inclusion mean to you?
For me, it’s about being open – to people, situations, and approaches that may be different than your own. When you open your eyes to those around you and share in their thoughts, experiences, and challenges, it allows you to see the world in a new way, with a learning mindset. Providing an environment for our members where they feel valued, respected, empowered, and included matters to me. I am proud to work for an employer who is not only open to Diversity and Inclusion, but also makes it a part of who they are and what they do.”
Shauna Durant, Women’s Group
It means encouraging collaboration between diverse individuals with a common goal of providing opportunities that foster a culture of belonging. Our Young Professionals groups focuses on supporting associates who are young in their career, young in age, or new to the insurance industry; however, our membership also includes experienced associates who provide valuable networking, knowledge, and guidance. We offer a safe space to share ideas, concerns, and solutions. We want our members to share their unique values, understanding, and backgrounds to expand awareness and appreciation of our differences and similarities.”
Bethany Daley, Young Professionals
Diversity, equity, and especially inclusion, are important to me because I believe Individuals thrive as a team when differences are recognized, welcomed, and celebrated. I have found that for me, an inclusive workplace means that individuals spend less personal energy considering the “what ifs.” What if I don’t belong? What if I don’t have a voice? What if I’m never recognized for what I contribute? In an inclusive workplace, the nervous energy spent within negative expectations can be redirected towards confidence, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. A diverse team brings more world experience to the table and is a multiplier of strengths over weaknesses.”
Laurel Odronic, Pride Partnership & Allies
We value supplier diversity.
At Grange we recognize that strong relationships with suppliers is a key component to our success. We seek to partner with firms who can understand the unique requirements of the insurance industry and deliver best-in-practice solutions effectively and at a competitive cost. It is our goal to continuously develop a supplier base that includes diverse suppliers. Grange defines a diverse supplier as one who is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by minorities, women, veterans or members of the LGBT community.