Taking a Stand for a More Equitable Society

Preamble

Together, our premier family of insurance companies, along with the National Association of Social Workers, are providing professional liability insurance, group life, and other insurance products, dedicated to social workers and all behavioral and mental health professionals.

We stand against all acts of racism, injustice, and hatred.

Each of us is affected by the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and countless other African Americans and people of color.

The protests, rallies, and riots have brought into stark relief the racial injustices, racism, and inequities that pervade our nation’s criminal justice system and other institutional structures in our society.

As a family of companies, we do not condone riots and property destruction; instead, we support peaceful protest. We understand that these actions reflect black peoples’ long-term catastrophic interactions with law enforcement officers, including police brutality, and the persistent anti-black racism that has plagued institutions that are the foundation for our society.

Values

As behavioral and allied health professionals, social workers, business professionals, representatives of agencies, small practices, and corporations, the Insurance Enterprise also believes that it is vital to bring attention to the needs of those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. We also believe in cultural and ethnic diversity and support efforts to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice.

We have a professional and moral obligation to address and end racism.

Call to Action

Now is a time for action, inside and outside, across all communities in our country. We must join together with other organizations to leverage this unprecedented opportunity to flatten the racism curve.

We are committed to the following actions:

  • Join efforts to support police reform, including expanding culturally competent mental health and community-based approaches to public safety and conflict resolution.
  • Support policyholders by providing webinars and risk management workshops on understanding and eliminating bias in working with African Americans and people of color.
  • Initiate and support among board and staff critical dialogue about the systemic forces of race and racism that permeates our relationships with each other, our customers, and others in our community.
  • Be intentional about supporting actions that promote justice, safeguard human rights, and ensure fair and equitable treatment and respect for the human dignity of African Americans, other minorities, and all people.
  • Seek business partners who share our commitment to diversity and inclusion, as evidenced by hiring practices, staff development programs, and recruitment efforts.

Words of Inspiration

“We stand with you in this challenging and difficult time. Now more than ever, it must be our priority to be part of the solution and create meaningful and lasting change for all those individuals, families, and communities so deeply impacted and suffering greatly.” – Anthony Benedetto, CEO of the Insurance Enterprise

“Some of us have been carrying this pain for our whole lives. Others may just now be understanding the extent. Either way, the violence responsible for these tragedies is not new. Systemic racism permeates our society, creating massive institutional barriers and often fatal endings for many Black people in our country. The field of mental and behavioral healthcare is no exception. Though many works tirelessly to fight inequity and injustice, the racial disparities in our country are real. Although we are listening and learning, we know that is not enough.” – Gary Bailey, President of NASW Assurance Services, Inc.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

Our Commitment to You

As always, the Insurance Enterprise remains committed to its essential role in providing insurance protection for NASW members, social workers, behavioral and mental health professionals, and policyholders.

Your Insurance Enterprise is here to work with you as we join efforts around the world to create a more just and equitable society.