Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc., has partnered with Operation HOPE, Inc. to offer HOPE Inside, an award-winning financial wellness program, to all SC employees. HOPE Inside provides a series of financial workshops and one-on-one personal coaching sessions designed to educate and transform thinking when it comes to making decisions about money, building wealth and working toward financial independence.
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“Diversity, equity and inclusion are major priorities for SC,” said Mahesh Aditya, President and CEO of SC. “As we explore what it truly means to be an inclusive company, we know that when people are unable to save or invest, or don’t have healthy habits surrounding the finer points of financial drivers like credit, lending and interest rates, they have a harder time translating income into wealth. Our goal is to make sure all SC employees have equal access to financial literacy, and the knowledge and tools needed to build generational wealth and a successful future.”
Aditya added, “Not only do we want our employees to have access to a powerful financial education and empowerment program, we also believe this education will have a trickle-down benefit to our customers. When our employees are well-versed in financial drivers they are better able to assist customers when customers have questions about their accounts. So this program truly is a win-win.”
“Financial wellness is a foundational pillar of inclusion and part of our work to build a more inclusive and equitable workplace,” explained Virnitia Hendricks, Chief Diversity Officer and Head of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SC. “When you facilitate economic inclusion and financial empowerment, you provide the opportunity to change lives. In addition to the HOPE Inside program, Santander Consumer’s D&I Council is working to implement processes to increase diverse representation, create inclusion and mentorship programs, and more to keep the company moving in the direction of measurable and meaningful change.”
For 26 years Operation HOPE has served more than 2.8 million individuals and directed more than $2.7 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities. The HOPE Inside model received the 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition by American Banker magazine, and provides financial literacy and economic empowerment programming to underserved communities throughout the country.
“Financial wellness is a crucial part of employee success and wholeness,” said John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO. “Santander Consumer is modeling what we believe to be the future of employee wellness in the workplace and is a forerunner in their industry. We are proud to partner with them as we work together to uplift and enrich individuals’ and families’ lives with financial empowerment through financial literacy.”