The volunteers and staff of PLUS believe that diversity, equity, inclusion and allyship (DEIA) are integral to all that we do. To highlight that commitment, the leadership of the Society has adopted the DEIA principals below.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Allyship Mission
The commitment to DEIA is core to what PLUS is and does. It is of fundamental importance to PLUS to infuse diversity, in every aspect of the organization; create an inclusive and belonging environment; ensure fair and equitable opportunities for PLUS members; and encourage allyship in the Society’s efforts. PLUS is committed to cultivating a safe, fair, and inclusive environment where PLUS’s culture matches its values and creates opportunities for professional development.
What is diversity?
Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means respect for and appreciation of differences. It brings diverse perspectives, work experiences, lifestyles and cultures. Diversity encompasses the range of similarities and differences individuals bring to the Society, including but not limited to national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and family structures. This collection of individual attributes mixed together help us pursue organizational objectives efficiently and effectively.
What is equity?
Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.
What is inclusion?
Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected, and supported. It is about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve their full potential. Inclusion is the process of creating a culture and environment that recognizes, appreciates, and effectively utilizes the talents, skills, and perspectives of everyone involved in the organization; uses people’s skills to achieve the objectives and mission; connects each person to the organization; and encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness.
What is allyship?
Allyship is lending your privilege to marginalized or traditionally underrepresented groups. It is a lifelong process in which people with privilege and power develop empathy towards other marginalized groups’ challenges or issues.
Why this matters to PLUS
To be the global community for the professional liability insurance industry and provide relevant and essential education, PLUS must reflect diversity of thought and perspective, strive for equity, be inclusive in all that it does, and provide opportunities to develop allyship. PLUS will be at its best and more effective if we have DEIA embedded in our organization at all levels. It will allow PLUS to attract and retain diverse talent, foster an inclusive and belonging environment, enable equality of opportunities, and strengthen leadership capabilities.