We at Unum play a critical role in helping to protect the financial futures of individuals and their families. Our business is, essentially, a promise to be there for people during some of the most difficult times of their lives, and our commitment gives millions of people the peace of mind that comes with protecting themselves and their loved ones.
Living up to that commitment means delivering on the promises we make to all of our stakeholders - including the communities in which we live and work - that we'll operate consistently, fairly, and professionally in everything we do. For nearly 170 years, we've worked hard to build a company that can be trusted to do the right thing.
Among the promises we make is one that prohibits discrimination in the workplace, including on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical ability, religion or belief, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, labor or trade union membership, or any other characteristics protected by law.
We also make all reasonable accommodations to meet our obligations under laws protecting the rights of the disabled.
By the same token, as one of the largest employers in the city of Chattanooga, we believe that Chattanoogans deserve the right to be treated equally in employment, healthcare, housing, public accommodations, and services.
We are proud to call Chattanooga home and believe the city can continue to be among the best places in the country to live and work - for all of us.
Dear City Council Members,
I wanted to write to fully express my support as a local business owner for the Call for Equity
When we chose to relocate our business to Chattanooga two years ago, one of the big factors
was how much it felt like Chattanooga was a city on the rise. Chattanooga is a forward thinking
city that has used cutting edge thinking to advance and grow a great deal in a short period of
time. The city has done so much to make itself an attractive place to live and work, including
development of the waterfront area, installation of the best internet in the country, and the
creation of a community based on innovation; all of this definitely played a factor in our decision
to move our business here.
I feel strongly that passing the Call For Equity ordinance would be a significant continuation of
the policies that have led to Chattanooga being a city on the rise. I know that creating an
environment where all citizens are treated equally will ensure top talent is excited to come to
Chattanooga. Passage of the ordinance would show leadership and a forward thinking mindset
from the city government, and would show businesses that Chattanooga will continue to be
leaders and innovators on all civic-oriented fronts. I believe that not only is the Call for Equity
Ordinance the right thing to do, but it also would continue to make Chattanooga a place for
businesses to start, relocate to, and grow.
I hope you will vote to pass the Call for Equity Ordinance; I believe it reflects a respect for the
diversity of Chattanooga, as well as making Chattanooga a great place to do business.