First American’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council Formed to Further the Company’s Inclusive Workplace Culture
February 11, 2021, Santa Ana, Calif.
First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, announced today the formation of a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Advisory Council, developed to promote the company’s commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment. First American’s DE&I Advisory Council is comprised of diverse employees and key leaders from across the enterprise, and since its launch in 2020, has begun to pursue its mission to engage the enterprise at every level to help implement a sustainable inclusion strategy that further strengthens the company and its culture.
“Our DE&I efforts are a natural extension of the people-first philosophy that powers our positive, collaborative culture – a core company strength,” said Dennis Gilmore, CEO, First American Financial Corporation. “We’re committed to taking meaningful, sustainable action that benefits our people and our communities, reinforcing that First American is a workplace that allows employees to bring their best ideas to work, to confidently contribute, and to support our customers with innovative solutions and exceptional service.”
First American’s DE&I initiatives will focus on the company’s recruitment and retention practices, embedding DE&I throughout the company’s policies, programs and procedures, and integrating DE&I strategy with corporate goals and objectives. The company has committed to further enhancing existing DE&I policies and developing and adopting new policies that help all employees achieve their full potential.
Felecia Buycks, vice president and Arizona state manager for First American Title Insurance Company’s Direct Division, chairs the company’s DE&I Advisory Council, which reports directly to Gilmore.
“First American has a well-earned reputation for providing an inclusive and diverse workplace, so we have a strong foundation from which to build,” said Buycks. “We’re committed to being an industry leader through the integration of DE&I practices throughout our operations and we’re already making progress, establishing DE&I task forces in business units across the First American family of companies.”
First American has already been recognized as a Best Workplace for Diversity by Fortune and Great Place to Work®. In 2021, and for the fourth year in a row, First American earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Last year, First American was also named one of the Best Workplaces for Women and earned a spot on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, each for the fifth year in a row.
The company’s Canadian subsidiary, FCT, has been named by Great Place to Work® to the “Best Workplaces™ in Canada – 1000+ Employees” list for six consecutive years (2015-2020). In 2020, FCT was also recognized on the 2020 list of Best Workplaces™ for Inclusion, list of Best Workplaces™ for Women, and list of Best Workplaces™ for Mental Wellness.
About First American
First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions that traces its heritage back to 1889. First American also provides title plant management services; title and other real property records and images; valuation products and services; home warranty products; banking, trust and wealth management services; and other related products and services. With total revenue of $7.1 billion in 2020, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents throughout the United States and abroad. In 2020, First American was named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the fifth consecutive year. More information about the company can be found at www.firstam.com.
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