Every year on International Women’s Day, we come together to celebrate the social, economic, and cultural achievements of women — at Sedgwick and around the world. While there has been progress in terms of equity for women in the workplace, we recognize that unconscious bias, stereotypes and opportunity for improvement still exist. That’s why, today and throughout the year, we’re honoring the global theme of this year’s International Women’s Day campaign: #EmbraceEquity.
How do you embrace equity?
As opposed to equality, where everyone gets the same thing, equity means everyone gets what they need for fair access to resources, opportunities and advancement — leveling the playing field. Embracing equity is an extension of our core values and caring counts philosophy. At Sedgwick, we are embedding DEI principles into our people and talent practices, integrating behaviors into our CARING model, and providing focused learning opportunities. Today and throughout the year, we’re making an effort to connect with our global community through our Women Colleague Resource Group (our version of an employee resource group — more on that below). We’ll also be celebrating with female leaders from across Sedgwick in panels that drive discussion around equity and professional development and empower women to share their stories.
According to a recent study, a staggering amount of women in leadership are leaving their companies. In fact, they’re doing so at the highest rate in years. In addition to employee well-being and flexibility, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) was ranked as a high priority among women leaders when evaluating their current or prospective companies. And younger generations are following in their footsteps. This reinforces the idea that organizations need a purposeful DEI strategy and a culture of caring to support women in the workplace.
Nearly 70% of Sedgwick’s global workforce identifies as female, and we are committed to their ongoing personal and professional growth. In fact, Sedgwick was named by Newsweek as one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Women 2023! Whether they’re a claims adjuster, clinical consultant, people manager or customer service representative, they have access to family care options, fertility solutions, mental health support and more. Additionally, Sedgwick University offers over 423 courses, videos, books and podcasts for women in or hoping to grow into leadership roles. Colleagues can learn how to unlock their strengths and forge new paths toward fulfillment and advancement in life and work.
Women supporting women
As co-chairs of Sedgwick’s Women Colleague Resource Group, we are proud to lead the organization and promote International Women’s Day. Offering employee resource groups is one way that we advance our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. Colleague resource groups or CRGs, as we refer to them at Sedgwick, are cross-functional and colleague-led. These groups help foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture; cultivate engagement and belonging; and build a sense of community.
Our Women’s CRG (whose seal is shown below) is a unified network that creates opportunities for women at Sedgwick to grow professionally in an inclusive environment and advance their influence both internally and externally. Colleagues can find mentoring opportunities, build new relationships, increase their learning, and advance in their careers.
This International Women’s Day and throughout the year, we support our women colleagues at all levels of the Sedgwick organization. Collectively, we can help to create a more equitable world.
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