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Unum’s CSR initiatives making a difference in local communities

30th November 2017

Employee benefits specialist Unum UK today published its 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, highlighting stories of caring, inclusion and social impact. The report reflects a clear commitment to supporting organisations and programmes that undertake a vital role in our communities.

Key highlights of the report include:

  • £240,000 total giving in 2016
  • 8,000 volunteering hours donated in 2016 and 2017
  • £100,000 fundraised for national and regional charity partners
  • £45,000 donated to charities on average through Payroll Giving each year – received Gold Payroll Giving Quality Mark for 5th consecutive year
  • 3 tonnes of food delivered to those in need in local communities through annual food drives
  • £228,000 awarded in charitable grants in 2016 and 2017

National and regional charity partners share how Unum’s support has helped them in their work. For instance, over the course of the 2-year partnership with The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Unum has raised more than £45,000 for the charity – enough to name and sponsor six guide dog puppies, who will soon change the lives of people with sight loss and their families.

Local charity partners and their stories are also featured, like Children’s Hospice South West, St. Michael’s Hospice in Basingstoke, and the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity in Dorking. Local ‘charity champions’ from each Unum office spearheaded volunteering and fundraising activities with a grass-roots approach.

Malcolm McCaig, Chairman of Unum UK, said:

“Since becoming Chairman of Unum UK earlier this year, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the charities that Unum has worked closely with in the last year and hearing first-hand about the invaluable job they do up and down the country, often under extremely difficult and challenging circumstances. They undertake this work modestly, with great sense of pride, dignity and compassion. It has been a great honour for Unum employees to have supported them in so many different ways and been able to make a positive difference.”

To encourage employee engagement, Unum allows employees to nominate, shortlist and vote on national and local charity partnerships. Employees are given two work days per annum for volunteering and are further encouraged to support charities through pro bono work. The company also enables employees to make payroll deductions to charities of their choice, which are matched pound for pound in corporate donations, one of the most generous in the financial services sector.

A key theme throughout the report is a culture of diversity and inclusion. Unum has launched several initiatives to further advance workplace equality like Employee Resources Groups, a Women in Leadership programme, and unconscious bias training. The company has also signed the Women in Finance Charter and joined Stonewall’s Diversity Champion Programme, both with publicly stated goals for further improving workplace equality.

Unum also extends its commitment to diversity and inclusion by partnering with organisations like the Albert Kennedy Trust, which supports young homeless people who are LGBT and unable to live at home because of who they are.

Peter O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer at Unum UK, said:

“The creativity, collaboration and innovation that our employees bring to work each day and give back to the community is truly inspiring. It’s humbling to read stories of our employees’ caring spirits and the positive effect they have on so many people and organisations around the country.

Our company is led by a set of guiding principles called ‘We are Unum,’ which asserts that employees bring an appreciation for differences to work, celebrate the contributions of every team member and ensure all employees have a chance to give back. This is our culture, and we’re committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work while fostering an inclusive culture.”


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