In 1984, when Elizabeth "Betty" Brinn founded a single Medicaid plan in Milwaukee, women owned just 10 percent of U.S. businesses. That fact didn’t discourage her; she wanted to help people who were falling through the cracks of the healthcare system. For Brinn, the challenge also presented a way to provide employment opportunities for women returning to the workplace. 

We are singularly focused on our purpose: transforming the health of the community, one person at a time. In order to deliver culturally-sensitive healthcare to our members, we depend on the diverse ideas, experiences, and cultures that our employees, located around the globe, bring to the workplace.

Centene has grown into the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the country and the nation's number one insurer on the Health Insurance Marketplace. 

We continually look for ways to expand our diverse and talented workforce. Women represent 76 percent of our employees, with 65 percent in supervisory positions and 56 percent at the director level and above. 48 percent of our total workforce identify as people of color, including 36 percent at levels of supervisor and above.

 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

76%
WOMEN
48%
PEOPLE OF COLOR
3%
VETERANS
10%
IDENTIFY AS HAVING A DISABILITY
65%
SUPERVISOR+ POSITIONS HELD BY WOMEN
36%
SUPERVISOR+ POSITIONS HELD BY PEOPLE OF COLOR
42%
IDENTIFY AS WOMEN OR PEOPLE OF COLOR ON CENTENE'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
15%
EMPLOYEE INCLUSION GROUP PARTICIPATION

As of 12/31/2021. People data excludes international companies and/or U.S. non-integrated companies. Our total headcount (including international and U.S. non-integrated companies) is approximately 74,300, and our Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) count is approximately 72,500.

DEI is in our DNA. Being a part of Centene means being part of a connected community, where our differences make us stronger, healthier, and better together.

- Erika McConduit, Regional Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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At Centene, diversity, equity, and inclusion are an intrinsic part of who we are. We embrace and respect the range of experiences and viewpoints that our employees bring to work every day. Our diverse and inclusive workforce is a vital part of how we serve our members and communities.

- Sarah London, CEO, Centene

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Centene is committed to driving innovation through diversity, equity, and inclusion. We embrace and respect the range of experiences and viewpoints that our employees bring to work every day. Our diverse and inclusive workforce is a vital part of how we serve our members and communities.

Valuing Diversity

As conversations on race and social justice resonated across the U.S. during the last year, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is as strong as ever.

Just weeks after the nation witnessed the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, Centene leaders hosted a “Real Talk: Day of Dialogue” that started with a Fireside Chat where employees heard from former CEO Michael Neidorff, Chairman of the Centene Board of Directors James Dallas, St. Louis Urban League President Michael McMillan, and other leaders. As a follow up, we launched a company-wide series of “Courageous Conversations”, smaller employee group discussions on racism and social justice. Additionally, over 5,000 supervisors and managers participated in our Unconscious Bias training delivered by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office as part of our exclusive Centene University learning platform. We will continue to honor this commitment by launching a new series of enterprise-wide offerings focused on Authentic Allyship: From Awareness to Action. The series, including a Real Talk event and Courageous Conversations, will explore ways individuals can intentionally leverage the benefits of their various forms of privilege to support others and help create a more equitable environment for all.  We will continue to nurture a workplace that supports and empowers all employees to be heard, respected and appreciated. 

Our Approach to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Centene's Approach to Diversity with Talent, Community Engagement, Supplier Diversity and Stakeholder Collaboration

 

National Employer Recognition

We are proud to be among the top scorers in the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, as well as the Disability Equality Index (DEI®), sponsored by the joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN. 

Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work2022 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity 2022 DiversityInc Top Companies for Black Executives 2022 DiversityInc Top Companies for Latino ExecutivesUS Veteran Magazine's Best of the Best AwardNational Organization on Disability- Leading Disability EmployerBest Place to Work for Disability Inclusion - 100 score Disability Equality Index DEICEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion logo