On Monday, our country recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader in the American civil rights movement who dedicated his life to advancing civil rights and racial equality for African-Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice. Nearly 50 years since his death, Dr. King’s messages of social justice, fairness and service continue to resonate.
Diversity & Inclusion
As a company with nearly 9,000 associates who come from different backgrounds, experiences and traditions, we know that diversity and inclusion are key to our long-term success. This is supported by research that shows diverse and inclusive workplaces produce benefits like better financial returns, higher employee engagement, lower turnover, greater innovation and stronger decision-making.
To further our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace, in 2017, WellCare CEO Ken Burdick signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, and this year, the company will intensify its investment and engagement in this area.
Legislation was signed in 1983 making Dr. King’s birthday a federal holiday, and in 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service—the only federal holiday with this distinction.
This designation exemplifies Dr. Kings’ core values. He said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’”
At WellCare, we embrace this philosophy. Our members are at the center of everything we do, and our mission has always been one of service: to help our members live better, healthier lives.
This mission is supported by our associates’ hard work and philanthropic spirit. In 2017, more than 6,000 WellCare associates, along with their families and friends, spent almost 23,000 hours at hundreds of volunteer events across the country. We thank them for their dedication to service; it is the reason our corporate associate volunteer rate is approximately 75 percent—more than double the national average.
Celebrating Dr. King’s Contributions
The current social climate makes this an especially poignant time to celebrate Dr. King’s countless contributions. It is also a day to reflect on the contributions we are making to our friends, our family, our work and our neighborhoods.
This day is an opportunity to find something in our communities that allows us to serve.
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