Adventist Risk Management, Inc. (ARM), has launched a new initiative to eliminate the employment of known sexual predators in the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
One of several ways organizations within the Adventist Church in North America can prevent the employment of known sexual predators is by running an insurability report through ARM. Prior to an organization completing the hiring process for an individual, they would engage in a thorough background screening process, to include criminal background screening, effective reference checking, and checking with ARM to make sure the individual is indeed insurable.
The process is simple. To initiate a report from ARM, interested parties can send an email with full names (to the best of the organization’s knowledge) and the date of birth of the potential hire. The plan is that ARM turns around the requested screening within three business days. If the potential hire in question is deemed not insurable and/or key individuals need extra time for background research, it may take up to two additional weeks before a response is released.
“Together we can prevent future victims if we follow a system to share information about past employee behavior,” ARM president and CEO James Winegardner said.
About Adventist Risk Management
Adventist Risk Management, Inc. is the risk management and insurance company of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The company provides risk management services and insurance product solutions to assist the Adventist Church in eliminating oversights that can lead to costly accidents. ARM has its corporate headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and satellite offices in St. Albans, England and Brasilia, Brazil.
ARM’s stated mission is to protect the ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist world church. “We don’t view what we do as just a business. Our ministry is to protect your ministry,” the company states on its website.
The company has been providing insurance and risk management solutions for the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1936. Currently, the company serves almost 22 million baptized members, 88,000 local churches, 8,773 schools, 563 hospitals, and 67 camps.