People & Culture

A dedication to inclusion

We believe that success depends on everyone's unique experiences, backgrounds and talents coming together to build a stronger whole. That’s why we don’t just accept diverse perspectives—we encourage them.

It’s also why we devote significant resources to charitable giving, volunteer efforts and sponsorships to increase awareness and appreciation for wide-ranging backgrounds and cultures.

Last year alone, the Principal Foundation gave over $9 million to more than 500 organizations, and nearly 3,000 employees logged 16,000+ volunteer hours.

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A commitment to community

The Principal sponsors a thriving network of Employee Resource Groups to connect employees with similar interests, providing opportunities for career development and community outreach—all on work time. Active groups include:

  • African American/Black Employee Resource Group
  • Asian Employee Resource Group
  • Disability Employee Resource Group
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Ally Employee Resource Group
  • Hispanic/Latino Employee Resource Group
  • New Employee Resource Group
  • Veterans Employee Resource Group
  • Women's Network for Leaders
  • Women in Technology Group

Employee Resource Groups are open to all employees, as is the opportunity to form new groups to better represent our company diversity.

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"As a member of the African American/Black Employee Resource Group, I've been able to take part in the mentoring program by working with a member of senior management who has been a great resource in my career development."

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515-247-MYHR (6947) or 866-524-MYHR (6947)

"The diversity of our workforce gives us a strategic advantage in today's global marketplace. We are committed to providing an inclusive workplace for each of our employees."

Larry Zimpleman, Chairman, Des Moines, IA

The Principal is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and an E-Verify participant. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. View employment policies at The Principal

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