New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative at Merchants
January 26, 2021
Merchants Bonding CompanyTM President and Chairman of the Board Larry Taylor hosted an all company Zoom meeting announcing Merchants’ new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative.
The new initiative will build a diverse and inclusive environment that drives innovation, engagement, connection and ultimately results that benefit every Merchants associate and our communities.
Larry called everyone’s attention to the first two words of the mission statement. “It says we will, not we will strive to or try to, but we will, and that shows the strength of our commitment,” he said.
Merchants established the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force in August, which began with several listening and learning exercises. Today marks the beginning of listening and learning for the entire company. We will seek out ways to include every associate in this effort and that starts with required training for everyone. There will be monthly communications, multiple training opportunities and activities, as well as tasks for every leader to help develop inclusiveness, promote diversity and create an environment that benefits our associates, our partners and all of the communities we serve.