The importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at ERIE
When our Founders H.O. Hirt and O.G. Crawford started an insurance exchange in 1925, they turned to the Golden Rule as a guiding principle and it continues to influence us today. Through the decades, fairness and integrity continue to guide both our behavior and our organizational policies and practices. We believe that when each of us contributes our best, we uphold ERIE's values and support our ability to grow our talent and our business.
“At Erie Insurance, our values have guided everything we've done for nearly a century. They compel us to do the right thing, to seek common ground, and to look beyond our own needs and choose the greater good. Today, those values lead us in our commitment to being an employer—and insurer—that embraces all individuals and ideas and puts fairness, respect and service above all else.”
TIM NECASTRO, PRESIDENT & CEO
Treating others with dignity and respect has been at the heart of ERIE’s values for nearly a century, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) has been a formal department at ERIE for more than a decade. The DEI team is dedicated to fostering inclusive and equitable practices in our workplace and in our business. We celebrate and support the unique qualities of employees, agents and customers through various programs at ERIE.
ERIE was also recognized in recent national rankings published by Forbes, appearing on the list of Best Employers for Women and ranking number 48 out of 500 companies recognized on Forbes 2022 list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity.
In addition to being ranked highly for several years on the Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmark on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality administered by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, two of ERIE’s Affinity Networks were recognized in the 2021 Diversity Impact Awards™ which recognized the outstanding achievements of Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and other DE&I initiatives.
For ERIE, all of these milestones are a part of our diversity, equity and inclusion journey. We know that by committing to this work, we will develop a greater understanding of the people whose lives we touch and be able to think more creatively to address the business challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.