CSR 2022 / Access to Care / Community Impact / Operating Responsibly / Leadership View
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is committed to building upon its contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Our Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion aims to strengthen and embed DEI in everything we do.
In 2022, we’ve focused on elevating our DEI strengths, impact and progress by:
By embedding DEI across our business and processes, we have accelerated opportunities to drive diverse engagement and inclusive experiences for our employees, members, customers and communities.
tap into the perspectives of employees who share diverse interests and backgrounds
Our seven Business Resource Groups (BRGs) bring together employees with common interests or backgrounds to impact the business and our communities:
The BRGs provide peer support and mentoring and deliver valuable insights to business leaders about diverse communities.
A diverse supply chain is critical to the success of our business. Our employees, members, customers and communities we serve expect us to be inclusive in all aspects of our business, including our third-party relationships.
This includes our supply chain, our providers, producers and other business partners. These diverse partnerships improve our ability to innovate, maximize our operational effectiveness, and ultimately, enhance our ability to serve our members.
Our total spend with diverse suppliers increased from 4.27% in 2021 to 4.71% in 2022, representing 2022 disbursements of $170.2 million to diverse-owned businesses.*
BCBSOK is a member of several nonprofit advocacy organizations that promote the inclusion of their business members, assisting in their growth and connecting them with prospective customers:
We engage with these organizations in matchmaker events, access their databases to identify potential businesses for inclusion in sourcing opportunities and participate in their conferences.
* Applies to Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
50 Out Front Best Places to Work for Women and Diverse Managers
Best in Class ranking for recruitment, representation and accountability
Best Employers for Women, Best Employers for Diversity
National Business Inclusion Consortium
Best-of-the-Best Corporation for Inclusion
Military Friendly Employers (Silver)
Human Rights Campaign Foundation
100% on the Corporate Equality Index
100% on the Disability Equality Index
Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce
Mosaic Inclusive Workplace Benefactor
with renewable energy credits
At BCBSOK, commitment to sustainability is at the core of our business practices. We operate in accordance with the triple bottom-line theory, which calls for the pursuit of actions that support people, the planet and prosperity.
We’re committed to reducing our emissions in measurable ways. Five of our 2022 energy efficiency projects resulted in a reduction of about 170,000 kilowatt hours in electricity usage across the enterprise — roughly equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by 2,000 tree seedlings growing for 10 years.*
We continue to offset 100% of our electric power usage-related emissions with the purchase of renewable energy credits.
Jason Kaye, divisional senior vice president of corporate real estate, stands next to an industrial air filter.
Our employees recycled nearly 81,300 million pounds of paper and 430 pounds of electronic equipment in 2022. These efforts saved approximately 705 trees, 285,000 gallons of water and 134 cubic yards of landfill space. BCSOK also participates in science-backed initiatives that support strategic sustainability decision-making. Our headquarters building earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating certification in 2022 and maintained its certification by Fitwel.
The health and well-being of our employees is a top priority. We provide a wide variety of programs and resources led by Motiva, our corporate employee health and well-being team, to help employees enhance their physical and mental health. In 2022, we launched a one-stop internal website for the array of in-person and virtual fitness options, mental health resources, nutrition information and wellness incentive programs that help employees keep on track. These resources give employees the tools to manage stress and anxiety, improve nutrition, sleep, exercise habits and more. In Our Power of Movement Challenge, 156 employees logged more than 1,900 hours of physical activities, roughly equivalent to 10,215 miles.
As part of a broader initiative targeting six areas that have a major impact on quality of life and health outcomes, BCBSOK physicians and guest experts held webinars for employees on cancer screenings, immunizations, diabetes, cardiovascular care, behavioral health, and maternal and infant health.
logged by employees in our Power of Movement Challenge
External recognition assures our customers, business partners and our communities that we are a company committed to ethics and integrity. That’s why we were proud to be named one of the 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere® for the seventh straight year.
This designation recognizes a broad range of initiatives focused on culture, compliance practices, governance, environmental and social impacts, leadership and reputation. In addition to this global recognition, our toolkit designed to assist managers in navigating employee concerns was named a “best practice” by Health Ethics Trust.
These honors recognize our ability to sustain a robust compliance program even during times of change. Through it all, we maintain a strong ethical culture by leaning on the values that form the foundation of our codes of conduct: integrity, respect, commitment, excellence and caring.
Last Updated: March 10, 2023