Diversity and Inclusion

We Believe in an Open and Inclusive Culture

We are better when we welcome a diversity of ideas, experiences and backgrounds.

At The Standard, we have a very important purpose — we help people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. We're there for people when they need us most, from difficult life events to the joy of retirement.

At our core, we have a culture of expertise and compassion, and we seek talent that sets us apart. We strive to foster an environment where we welcome diversity and that starts with the people who join our organization. We seek to attract, develop and retain people with new and different perspectives to help us all grow.

The Standard is committed to an open and inclusive culture that welcomes ideas and perspectives from every employee and inspires them to bring their best to work every day. We have eight employee resource groups — including Celebrating Racial and Ethnic Diversity, StandOUT (LGBTQ), Women's Career Network, The Standard Employees Recognizing Veterans, Parents Working Together and more. The ERGs are employee-led with support and sponsorship from senior leadership.

We want to be a company where every employee feels comfortable being who they are when they're here. There is still much work to be done, but including a diversity of opinions, backgrounds and experience makes us a stronger company, and one that can better serve our customers.

Corporate Equality Index



For the fifth consecutive year, The Standard received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.



Dan McMillan quote

We must come together with compassion, understanding and unwavering focus to confront and address racial inequality and injustice.

Dan McMillan, President and CEO


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Supplier Diversity

The Standard is also committed to providing meaningful opportunities for qualified diverse vendors to compete for business. We recognize that purchasing products and services from businesses that reflect the demographics of our markets contributes to the sustainability of communities, customers and The Standard. We give equal opportunities to any diverse supplier to participate in the procurement sourcing process.

The Standard is a proud member of the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, Women's Business Enterprise Council Pacific, and National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. We also support many external organizations, including Dress for Success, Wounded Warrior Project and De La Salle North Catholic High School.

Qualifying as a Diverse Supplier

We only accept registrations from suppliers who are certified in diversity organizations including, but not limited to the following:

  • Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (NWMTNMDC)
  • Women's Business Enterprise Council Pacific (WBEC Pacific)
  • National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

Supplier Goods and Services

Our Procurement team routinely supports our businesses with their on-going and changing needs. Our example category-of-spend list of goods and services from external suppliers includes: HR/employee services, IT software, hardware and services, printing, event services, promotional items, office equipment/supplies, logistic/parcel services, and underwriting services.

Selecting Our Suppliers

The Standard's Procurement team contracts with suppliers through a disciplined and best practice process in partnership with our businesses. Supplier selection is based on business requirements that follow a competitive selection process in an ethical manner in line with our company's values. Suppliers are expected to deliver on their promise, continue to work with us to reduce the cost of doing business, identify and eliminate risks, and follow the agreed contractual terms and conditions.

If you are a diverse supplier, we invite you to register. All registrants will be required to submit a copy of certification to complete the registration process and enter our supplier database. Upon any procurement sourcing efforts, we will utilize our registered diverse supplier database for goods and services to be included in the sourcing process. Please note that registration in our supplier database is not a guarantee of business, and contracts are not awarded solely based on diverse certification status.

Have Questions?

Please contact us with any questions.

Ready to Register?

If you are a diverse supplier, you can register now with our third-party portal.