RIMS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision Statement
RIMS strives to provide a highly inclusive environment for all identity groups to thrive in the global risk community, and to facilitate and encourage open dialogue for a more inclusive and resilient future.
To Our Community:
As a global organization, RIMS is overwhelmingly against any acts of hatred or violence and will continue to make it our priority to provide a welcoming and safe space for all races, ethnicities, backgrounds and identities.
To the Asian members of the RIMS community, we support and stand with you. We are so thankful for the amazing professionals who comprise the RIMS family and who have taken the initiative to help us build a better Society.
RIMS Celebrates Women's History Month
To Our RIMS Family:
This month we celebrate the amazing progress woman have made throughout history. We celebrate the women who have broken down barriers in business and government, who have fought for systemic changes that continue to create greater equity and who have inspired innovation in business, science, medicine and other crucially important fields. Women around the world should take Women’s History Month to not only reflect on those trailblazing women who came before us, but proactively seek out opportunities to impact change, to mentor and lead.
We thank our volunteers, members and ALL risk professionals for doing their part to make RIMS an inclusive and welcoming professional community. However, while we have made progress, we still have a long way to go.
March 8th is International Women’s Day and RIMS will take this opportunity to continue to empower women and ensure diversity, equity and inclusion is a priority in this profession. As we move forward, we encourage our community to dedicate their time, share their experiences and the lessons they have learned to pave the way for future generations of women leaders.
"As a proud New Zealand wahine (Maori woman), it is an honour to serve as the Chair of RIMS’ global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality and equity at a global level. As our geopolitical and business landscapes continue to evolve at a rapid pace, the need for effective discussion and decision-making at a strategic level necessarily demands diversity of gender, thought and experience at the leadership table – indeed, statistics show that such diversity can be the difference between mediocre and stellar performance. As more women enter the risk profession and assume leadership and decision-making roles, the nature of the conversation becomes more balanced, more thoughtful, and more appropriately represents society and our organisational customer profiles. International Women’s Day is our chance to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievement by so many – not just women, but all those organisations who continue to strive for diversity, equity and inclusion as a strategic priority."
ERM and strategy consultant, Ngati Whātua Orākei Whai Rawa, and independent director
President of RIMS NZ & Pacific Islands
Chair, RIMS DE&I Advisory Council
RIMS Celebrates Black History Month
“Each year, we celebrate Black History Month as a way to honor our ancestors and to acknowledge the achievements of Black people throughout America’s history. We say thank you to those who stood strong paving the way for us to be successful and triumphant in our lives. We think of them and know that we are built out of the same sustaining power. Today, we use their stories and their journeys to inspire greatness within us and to positively contribute to this rewarding profession. We continue this legacy through mentoring, recruitment, scholarships, and leadership. Respectfully, we are committed to creating opportunities for continued growth and inclusion in the risk profession.”
Shetikka P. Royal
Risk Manager, Primo Water North America, Inc.
D&I Chair, Atlanta Chapter
Diversity as a Successful Business Division with Rodney Johnson
In this episode, RIMScast’s Black History Month coverage continues with a look at successful supplier diversity initiatives in risk and insurance with Rodney Johnson; the Vice President of Culture and Inclusion in the Business Division at Gallagher
Measuring the success of a diversity initiative can be a challenge but assessing a supplier diversity initiative is one way to generate returns. In Justin and Rodney’s conversation today, they discuss how and why such initiatives are key to attracting and retaining Black and diverse talent in the risk profession year-round.
Discussing Black History Month and the Risk Profession with Tammy Franklin of Marsh
It’s February 2021, Black History Month. In recognition of this, RIMScast is bringing some fresh perspective on the state of the risk profession when considering Black employees and leadership. Joining Justin Smulison to facilitate this discussion is Tamara “Tammy” Franklin; the Chief Digital Data and Analytics Officer at Marsh. Tammy is also the Executive Sponsor of the African Heritage Employee Resource Group at Marsh.
In this episode, Tammy discusses some of her own experiences in the risk profession and offers her ideas on how employees and companies can successfully invest in Black talent. She shares how 2020 has impacted how companies are...
A Message To Our Community:
"Today, more than ever before, we must listen, we must learn, we must act, and we must do better."
RIMS Taking Action: Confronting Racial Biases in Risk Management
Held on Friday, June 12, this webinar is a poignant conversation about the ongoing and debilitating racial roadblocks that stand in our way, as well as the opportunities that risk professionals have to be a part of the solution.
During the webinar, attendees asked important questions to the panel and to RIMS.
This month, RIMS is celebrating Pride Month! Justin is joined by his guests, Kevin Thomas and Victoria Nolan who are both prominent members of the RIMS Diversity & Inclusion Council. Kevin is the Principal Risk Manager at Oracle and Victoria Nolan is the Strategic Business Associate at Clean Water Services.
In this episode together, they discuss the state of the LGTBQ+ community in the risk profession, current issues and challenges they are facing, RIMS D&I Advisory Council’s initiatives, micro-trends they are seeing in today’s landscape, developing a more diverse talent pipeline, and how the pandemic is impacting business leaders and risk managers in reassessing their business operations.
“We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and honor those in our community that have paved the way for our success and inspired us to achieve greatness in this rewarding profession. Now, it is up to us to expand on those accomplishments and, through mentoring, recruitment, scholarships and leadership, create opportunities for others to follow in our footsteps. Most importantly, we must always demonstrate the beauty and compassion of our community, showing respect for all diverse cultures through our actions and words. Unidos ganamos.”
Vice President, Risk Management & Insurance
MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
RIMS Risk Management Talent 2025 Report
The RIMS Risk Management Talent 2025 Report aims to provide a better understanding of who comprises the profession today and where skills and experience can be strengthened. The survey also explored the perception of diversity, as it is inexorably tied to hiring practices. Results showed that diverse perspectives is a trait many risk professionals look for when seeking employment or trying to build an inclusive corporate culture.
RIMS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council
The purpose of the RIMS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council is to identify relevant DE&I goals for RIMS to pursue, and advise RIMS on how best to achieve those goals.
2020-2022 RIMS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy
Driving Intentional and Inclusive Thought Leadership
Driving intentional and inclusive thought leadership means moving with intention—advocating an approach to diversity, inclusion and equity that is supported by accountability and action.
Focus on the Future
RIMS’ focus is on building a framework and driving conversations that will attract future diverse leaders, while also developing inclusive leadership competencies and fluency within the existing industry.
Culture & Capability Within Our Communities
Within RIMS we believe in building a diverse and inclusive culture that enhances our ability to impact our communities and partner with them to build a more aware and socially responsible industry.
Black Lives Matter: Taking Action on Diversity and Inclusion | Risk Management Monitor, June 2020
Inclusion Does Not Stop Workplace Bias, Deloitte Survey Shows | Risk Management Monitor, July 2019
Board Gender Diversity Correlates to Credit Ratings | Risk Management Magazine, October 2019
Beyond Pride: Building Strong Diversity and Inclusion Programs | Risk Management Monitor, June 2019
Working to Close the Gender Pay Gap | Risk Management Monitor, August 2019
From Westeros to Government and Business, Women Have Less Voice | Risk Management Monitor, May 2019