Unum launches Social Justice Fund to advance racial equality

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (July 7, 2020) – Employee benefits provider Unum will use a new Social Justice Fund to create stronger, more equitable communities. The fund will support organizations working to end racism, discrimination and bias.

Although the fund is designed to make a difference for many marginalized groups facing discrimination, the immediate focus for 2020 will support organizations fighting for racial justice. A mix of employee donations, company matches, and an annual corporate gift of $500,000 will support the fund.

“Unum promotes equity for all within our workforce, but it’s important we also find ways to promote social justice in our communities,” said Rick McKenney, Unum president and chief executive officer. “This fund goes beyond giving money. It allows our employees to take a stand and get involved in combatting racism.”

Local organizations devoted to ending social injustice can apply for the grants at www.unum.com/about/responsibility/charitable-giving. Grant requests can range from $2,500 to $10,000. Applying organizations must have a 501(c)3 designation or a fiscal sponsor. Unum’s philanthropic partner is the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

Last year in the U.S. more than a third of Unum’s community grant budget was directed to organizations that serve minority populations. This includes substantial grants and volunteer support for programs that provide more equitable opportunities for students, like mentoring, job shadowing, and resume-building workshops for the company’s educational partners.

The Social Justice Fund is an extension of Unum’s corporate social responsibility and commitment to inclusion and diversity, which includes diversifying its workforce.

In October, Unum launched a Historically Black Colleges and Universities Innovation Challenge to find creative ways to attract diverse talent and provide scholarship opportunities. Through the challenge, the company hosted 30 juniors and seniors from HBCUs to work together to solve real-world challenges and explore career opportunities in the insurance industry.

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About Unum Group

Unum Group provides a broad portfolio of financial protection benefits and services through the workplace, and is the leading provider of disability income protection worldwide. Through its Unum US, Unum UK, Unum Poland, and Colonial Life businesses, the company provides disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision benefits that protect millions of working people and their families. Unum also provides leave and absence management services that streamline the leave experience for employers and employees, and stop-loss coverage to help self-insured employers protect against medical costs. Unum reported revenues of $12 billion in 2019 and paid $7.5 billion in benefits.

 

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