Guardian’s commitment to corporate social responsibility balances the social, ecological and economic needs of doing business today by embedding a forward-looking mindset into our business model and striving for continuous improvement. Guardian embraces environmental and community sustainability as a way to create value for our customers, employees and communities.
In 2016, we improved our corporate responsibility efforts. Our accomplishments included:
Successfully completed a managed print initiative that eliminated 95 percent of our network printers, resulting in the saving of 1,015 trees and more than 3,600 gallons of water, as well as reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 465,000 pounds
Secured destruction of 550 tons of documents, CDs and other media, which saved 792,233 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, 2,734 cubic yards of landfill space, 15 million gallons of water and 1,236,497 kilowatt-hours of electricity, while preserving 9,180 trees.
Completed construction of our Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified campus in Bethlehem, PA. This new facility will reduce water usage by up to 40 percent and decrease lighting power usage by 25 percent. Throughout construction, 75 percent of waste was recycled, and all materials contained at least 20 percent recycled content.
Expanded sustainable efforts to include cafeterias and coffee pantry supplies, resulting in the elimination of 360,000 paper cups and 180,000 plastic lids, and the elimination of 26,000 disposable cardboard trays thus far.
Implemented our “Guardian on the Go” teleworking capabilities, reducing emissions from employee commutes.
Launched “Green Teams,” designed to support our commitment to environmental sustainability and involve our employees in embracing green behaviors, in each of our regional home office and headquarters locations. In support of this, Guardian implemented an online employee sustainability portal that promoted individual behaviors that led to a reduction of emissions by 138,290 pounds, 738,628 gallons of water saved/conserved and 9,750 pounds of waste recycled.
Benefited from our alliance with EarthShare in defining our current carbon footprint to allow us to establish benchmarks as we work to create new sustainability goals.
Continued leading efforts in building financial capability for individuals and families by expanding our signature Money Management for Life Program to a total of 10 colleges, which have served more than 1,200 students since the program’s inception.
Building on our focus on financial education, addressed youth workforce challenges by partnering with the City of New York’s Center for Youth Employment’s CareerCLUE program, providing 85 low-income students with a summer learning experience in exploring green jobs and the green economy.
Finally, in 2016, launched Community Involvement Teams in our regional home offices that helped our employees deliver more than 10,000 volunteer hours to a variety of worthy causes.
Our goals for 2017 include further reducing our environmental impact through initiatives in data virtualization; purchasing and deploying energy-efficient systems; and growing our customer-facing efforts in e-billing, e-statement and e-delivery of policy information.