April 5th, 2019
Asurion named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality
We're all about empowering our people. To solve big problems, to drive results — and to be who they are.
Over the years, we've made giant leaps to make our environment a place where everyone feels comfortable. We believe diversity and inclusion is more than just a box you check; it's ingrained in the way we work. And we're always looking for ways to make it even better.
Kimberly has been a part of the Asurion team for more than five years. "I feel I can be my whole self here. I'm not afraid of letting people know that I'm married to a woman, and this is part of who I am," said Kimberly. “When you can come to work worry-free like I can, it's a weight off your shoulders."
Inclusive culture leads to perfect score
In 2019, Asurion earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. HRC uses this benchmarking tool to examine corporate policies and practices supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. Those who earn top scores also earn the distinction of being named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality, a title we wear with pride.
I can't tell you how proud I am to see Asurion's advocacy and how far we've come be recognized by the HRC," said Kimberly. “I'm not going to lie, I might've teared up a little when I heard the news!"
Asurion is one of more than 560 companies across the U.S. who received a top score. Only one other Nashville-based company and three other Tennessee-based companies were named among the best places to work for those in the LGBTQ community.
And that's what sets us apart. "I came to work here because I knew diversity and inclusion was important," said Meredith, an employee and active member of the PRIDE employee resource group. "I liked that Asurion focused on creating a safe space for everyone."
How did we earn 100%?
To put it simply — diversity and inclusion is important to us. Top level leaders don't just talk about it, they believe in it. They jumped at the opportunity to knock down barriers and create a welcoming environment, working in partnership with our PRIDE employee resource group.
We're committed to fostering a culture where all people and perspectives are valued, and our employees can bring their whole selves to work," said Nikki Smith-Bartley, Asurion's Vice President and General Counsel for Diversity and Inclusion.
Asurion's Diversity and Inclusion highlights:
- Updated our EEOC statement to include gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation
- Created and released an official gender transition guide for leaders, HR and employees
- Designed our Active Ally series, a two-hour session that educates team members on vocabulary, inclusive language and how to navigate work scenarios
- Updated our corporate giving statement to ensure the organizations we support align with our stance on LGBTQ rights
- Offered LGBTQ employees the opportunity to self-identify in our employee database
- Updated reporting in our employee database to preferred name so that employees can choose their name
Why it matters
Whether you work at Asurion or you live in one of our communities around the world —we truly care about you, and what you bring to the table.
"We're giving people the confidence to believe that who they are is okay," said Kimberly.
Or culture is one of the reasons 88% of our employees said Asurion is a Great Place to Work®. We know there's still work to do, and we have no plans of stopping improvements any time soon.
The way we embrace everyone fills me with so much pride," Meredith remarked. "It's why I'm excited to come to work every day."