Where We Stand on Social Justice
CUNA Mutual Group was founded on the principle of people helping people and is guided by a purpose to help people achieve financial security – a purpose that continues to guide us. We recognize and acknowledge our nation’s history holds centuries of oppression and systemic racism that lives on today. This must change. We understand that the work we’ve been doing to address racial injustice requires further effort, and we need to do more.
Because Black Lives Matter, we join the Black communities in the fight for social, economic, legal, and policy reform to address these injustices. We commit to continuing to listen and learn and advocate for meeting the needs of the Black community—and to help create an equitable financial system, as we believe a brighter financial future should be accessible to everyone.
It is equally important to recognize and acknowledge that prejudice, racism and oppression negatively and systemically impact other marginalized populations as well—including Indigenous, Hispanic/Latina(o), Asian and LGBTQ communities. We know each has been oppressed in different ways and we are equally committed to standing alongside them in the fight for racial and social justice, enabling an equitable pathway to financial stability and success.
We pledge to be part of the solution to help improve the lives of those we serve and create a better society for the benefit of every one of us.
What We Believe
1) We believe that a brighter financial future should be accessible to everyone.
Therefore, we will join the movement for equitable rights of Black and other marginalized populations. In doing so, everyone will benefit.
2) We believe that systemic oppression has kept Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latina(o), Asian and other marginalized populations from achieving financial stability and security.
Therefore, we will work to break down and break through the structural barriers in the financial services industry. We will do this through:
- The design of our products and services;
- Servicing to our customers;
- Our Foundation support and community engagement;
- How we build an equitable company culture; and
- Our advocacy on policy reform.
3) We believe policy reform is necessary to address and overcome systemic racism.
Therefore, we will look for opportunities to drive policy reform and change through our lobbying efforts in support of a just and equitable financial system.
4) We believe a diverse workforce is necessary if we are to build a strong and equitable culture, stay competitive and deliver on our purpose.
Therefore, we commit to attracting diverse talent and building a workforce that is reflective of our population and the customers we serve—and inclusive of those experiences and ideas.
We will continue to listen and learn about the history and ongoing effects of institutional racism, economic, health, social and political inequalities, and consider how each of us can create and influence change.
5) We believe we have the power to create positive change in our communities.
Therefore, we commit to invest in our communities annually.
We will continue to partner with non-profit, government and other organizations and educational institutions to improve the lives of marginalized people in our communities, and we will donate our time and financial support to community organizations working to advance racial justice and provide access to financial stability.
6) We believe that change must start within.
Therefore, we will continue to invest in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) education to help combat racial bias, encourage learning and foster open and honest conversation.
We will continue listening to the voices of all within our organization to ensure more equitable opportunities for development and success.
We will call on our leadership to hold themselves and their teams accountable to a higher degree around DEI benchmarks and expectations.
CUNA Mutual Group is the marketing name for CUNA Mutual Holding Company, a mutual insurance holding company, its subsidiaries and affiliates.