CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Jan. 16, 2019) — Unum (NYSE: UNM) is one of 230 companies selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index (GEI), which distinguishes organizations committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality. The index includes organizations from 10 industry sectors across 36 countries and regions. Unum scored particularly high for gender equality among senior leadership, inclusion and diversity leadership and strategy, and flexible work, family-friendly and health care policies.
Unum is committed to fostering an inclusive culture where every employee can thrive,” said Liz Ahmed, executive vice president of People and Communications at Unum. “Gender equality is a critical part of our larger focus on inclusion and diversity and an important indicator of our progress.”
Unum has a Women’s Professional Network employee resource group dedicated to increasing the richness of opportunities for women and nurturing a gender intelligent culture. The company has been recognized previously by the Women’s Forum of New York and the 2020 Women on Boards organization for female representation on the corporate board. Last year, Unum introduced six weeks of paid parental leave for all new parents. Additional resources for new moms include lactation rooms at each of Unum’s offices, free Milk Stork services for mothers traveling for business, a simplified tool to help new moms plan for maternity leave called LeaveLogic, and a Working Moms network.
Through the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index standardized reporting framework, public companies can disclose information on how they promote gender equality across four areas – company statistics, policies, community engagement, and products and services. Companies that score above a globally established threshold, based on the extent of disclosures and the achievement of best-in-class statistics and policies, are included in the index.
About the Bloomberg GEI
The Bloomberg gender reporting framework is voluntary and has no associated costs. The GEI is a reference index. All public companies can submit data to Bloomberg. Those with a security listed on a U.S. exchange and a market capitalization of USD1 billion or greater are eligible for index inclusion. Click HERE for more information on the GEI.