Diversity, equity and inclusion

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission calls us, our values guide us and our diverse culture connects us as we seek to improve care for the consumers we are privileged to serve and their communities. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Our core values of integrity, compassion, relationships, innovation and performance steer our actions and interactions. They also guide us to achieve our mission to help people live healthier lives and to help make the health system work better for everyone. And throughout it all, we are united by a culture that cultivates a workplace like no other.

We are fully committed to promoting a company culture where everyone’s voice is heard. We deeply value inclusion, diversity innovation and growth as we are dedicated to improving millions of lives. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards in external and internal operations. Amongst other initiatives to make our work environment the best it can be, we require all employees to complete either a manager or employee training course covering sexual and other harassment and discrimination.

Our culture brings us together

Our mission calls us.

Our values guide us.

Inclusion and diversity fuel us.

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“Some medical complications along with a new project and recent promotion was a lot to juggle with at the beginning of my pregnancy. Thankfully, my manager and leader, both well-invested fathers, were extremely supportive during this time. 

I was recommended to join the CareNine program provided by OGA, and I can’t tell you what a blessing it was! Once I joined back, my manager and I worked together to explore various flexible working options which made returning to work seamless.”

Maneesha Sudhesan
Associate Director
Learning Solutions
Optum Global Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd.


Diversity in recuiting

Our recruiters take action to bring diversity to our workforce by:

  • Leveraging online resources to seek out the best talent to join our company, such as posting and sourcing top candidates from diversity specific job boards.
  • Working with agencies, education and government programs that support and serve candidates with disabilities such as Welfare to Work and Lifeworks.
  • Integrating programs that prepare diverse communities for the workforce.

Growing and developing our diverse talent

Taking a data-driven approach to setting priorities and measuring progress, we leverage insights to improve hiring, development, engagement and retention of our diverse talent. 

Our employee surveys help us better measure and understand employee sentiment related to fairness, affirmation, safety, identity and connection. We promote:

  • Recruiting practices and integrated programs for women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and all ages. SOAR (Strength – Opportunities – Aspirations – Results), our return-ship program, supports gender diversity. Our veterans’ program is focused on talent from the armed forces.
  • Equal and fair access to opportunities, resources and a safe work environment for people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with disabilities.
  • Career advancement with programs such as United Women Leading in Technology (UWLiT) forum to support gender diversity across technology career paths, UHG Women Invent to enhance patent diversity and more.
  • Learning opportunities on interacting and working with diverse talent, including trainings on unconscious bias, mindfulness in the workplace and more. 
  • DEI forums and speaker sessions on themes of gender equality, overcoming resistance and bias and its impact on women's journey to leadership, to name a few.
  • Favorable policy changes, including health insurance coverage for same-gender partners and covering advanced fertility treatments like IVF. We have gender-agnostic paid parental leave of 26 weeks. We also cover adoption and surrogacy.


Awards and recognition

Economic Times Best Organizations for Women 2023

Optum is one of The Economic Times "Best Organizations for Women in 2023," recognized for empowering female colleagues.

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2023 Avtar & Seramount Best Companies for Women in India (BCWI)

Optum was named one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in India (BCWI) 2023 by Avtar, in association with Seramount.

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