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An Open and Inclusive Culture

Diversity and Inclusion

We’re better when we welcome diverse ideas, experiences and backgrounds.

At The Standard, we have an 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 its core, our culture consists 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. As we hire, we seek to attract 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 all employees and inspires them to bring their best to work every day.

We want to be a company where all employees feel 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 experiences makes us a stronger company, and one that can better serve our customers.

The Standard Earns Top Marks in the Human Rights Campaign 2021 Corporate Equality Index

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.



Expressions in Black logo

The Standard is proud to sponsor Expressions in Black — a series of authentically produced television segments that deliver real, unfiltered stories central to the Black community. Each segment presents the narrative of the Black experience in Oregon from a Black perspective.

This partnership is part of The Standard’s multiyear commitment to deepen relationships with key national and local community-based organizations focused on racial justice, economic empowerment, housing justice and diverse storytelling.


Learn more and watch all episodes >


Employees Support Black-Led Nonprofits Through Unique Denim Impact Fund

The Denim Impact Fund originated from “Jeans Days,” a program that allowed employees to donate $100 to one of several nonprofit partner organizations in exchange for wearing jeans every day.

In 2020, the program partners were all Black-led organizations focused on racial justice, education and economic empowerment. The program raised more than $500,000 for five nonprofit organizations:

The Standard Commits to Multiyear Funding for Anti-Racism Partners National Urban League and NAACP Chapters

The Standard’s commitment to confronting racial injustice includes multi-year support for national and local nonprofit organizations confronting racism and addressing racial inequality as well as providing education and empowerment. The first round of corporate philanthropy, announced in 2020, was to organizations led by Black leaders including chapters of the Urban League and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or the NAACP, chapter in Virginia.

As part of this first round of philanthropy, The Standard is making corporate contributions in 2020 and 2021 to these organizations and chapters: National Urban League, Urban League of Portland, Urban League of Westchester County, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio and Virginia NAACP.

Employee Resource Groups

The Standard's Employee Resource Groups are independent, voluntary groups of employees who share interests, issues and common experiences.

Our ERGs represent our commitment to foster an inclusive work environment by offering our employees:

  • An open forum for the exchange of ideas
  • The ability to promote inclusion, openness and understanding
  • Opportunities to network, develop leadership skills and become known within the organization
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Increased involvement in communities where we live and work


Learn more about our ERGs and other employee programs >

Supplier Diversity

The Standard is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for qualified diverse vendors to compete for business. We recognize 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 National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).


National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
National Minority Supplier Development Council
Women's Business Enterprise National Council

Interested in Our Diverse Supplier Program?

If you are a diverse supplier, you can get more information and register with our third-party portal.

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