Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have drawn in stark contrast the differences of opinion, perception, and experience regarding race relations in the United States. Employers have a role to play in helping to create an environment of constructive dialog and mutual understanding and many are working hard to do so.
Today, April 22nd, marks the 44th annual Earth Day, a worldwide celebration of commitment to the protection of the environment. According to National Geographic more than 1 billion people around the world will celebrate earth day in more than 190 countries. This annual day of action allows people of all walks of life, from individuals to major corporations, to demonstrate their commitment to the protection of the Earth. Below are three ways companies are participating in Earth Day:
Humana is a health care company that’s committed to helping people achieve life-long well-being. And for us, this starts with our associates. Encouraging everyone at Humana to focus on their health is a top priority not only because we know it helps us live better, but also because we know a culture of health fosters a more engaged workforce.
When Robert Musslewhite, CEO of The Advisory Board Company, presented the 2013 challenge of 100% participation in service, $1 million in nonprofit benefit, and 10,000 lives touched, his employees responded. At The Advisory Board Company, employees are encouraged to develop as professionals and lead with both their heads and their hearts. The company culture is driven by a desire to not only go beyond every expectation to serve mission-driven organizations, but to do so with an understanding of the importance of its nonprofit partners’ work. Because of this service-driven mindset, combined with a collaborative approach focused on truly understanding all facets of a challenging issue, they have built deep relationships with their partners.
For the people of UnitedHealth Group our business goals and social mission are entwined. To help build healthier communities, we believe it is necessary to be active and responsible citizens. Volunteerism plays a vital role in making this happens, leveraging our greatest asset – our people – in making a difference.
At UnitedHealth Group we invest in workplace volunteerism because it reflects the core values we hold as an organization, and is meaningful to our employees. Last year, 81 percent of our employees and 96 percent of executives volunteered in their local communities.
We’ve also invested in research demonstrating that volunteering is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. In our study with the Optum Institute, Doing Good is Good for You: 2013 Health and Volunteering Study, we found that people who volunteer feel better – physically, mentally and emotionally. And volunteers tell us that they are convinced their health is better because of the things they do when they volunteer. Doing good is good for you!
First Niagara is committed to community investment and development as a part of its corporate giving platform. Its primary focus areas are supporting youth and education initiatives. Both of these areas are the focal points of First Niagara’s signature program, Mentoring MattersSM.
Mentoring Matters is First Niagara’s company-wide, charitable giving program that provides monetary and employee volunteer support to exemplary mentoring organizations. Established in 2007, the program connects First Niagara with innovative mentoring program providers throughout the bank’s primary service areas in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In 2012, First Niagara awarded nearly $1 million to 33 impactful organizations through the 2012-2013 Mentoring Mattersgrant program.