“The majority of the world’s largest public companies have made public commitments to diversity and inclusion, but most have not yet connected access to comprehensive reproductive health care as an integral part of an equitable workplace. This report is putting forward solutions companies can implement.”
The Business Case For Reproductive Health
– Daisy Auger-Dominguez
Hidden Value: The Business Case for Reproductive Health illuminates the link between access to comprehensive reproductive health care and business performance.
Companies that provide strong coverage across the range of reproductive health needs (contraception, abortion, maternal health care, parental leave policies, and more) are better positioned to attract and retain employees, build a strong pipeline of talent, and deliver on diversity and inclusion goals. These strengths can contribute to stronger bottom-line performance, while helping companies prepare for increased scrutiny from stakeholders.
Reproductive health care is all the more urgent during the COVID-19 pandemic. More women than usual are seeking to delay or avoid childbearing during this time, yet they are facing greater obstacles to accessing family planning services. These difficulties add to existing disparities that fall heavily upon African-American women, who are 3-4 times more likely to die during childbirth than white women regardless of socioeconomic status or income.
The report includes specific recommendations for corporations and investors, related both to internal policies and the external policy environment.
Hidden Value will be useful for corporate leaders, benefits professionals, health insurers, investors, and anyone with an interest in expanding access to comprehensive reproductive health care.
Hidden Value was informed by interviews and input from more than 50 experts in human resources, reproductive health, and insurance at 39 companies, including 24 Fortune 500 companies. In aggregate, the companies engaged employ nearly 4.5 million U.S. workers and operate across all 50 states. Survey research conducted among 1,000 college-educated employees ages 18 to 64 nationwide is also included.