We believe that Corporate Responsibility is a part of who we are and an integral part of how we operate. We are committed to ensuring a future where we can continue to help people, families and communities. We want to do the right thing for the people that matter most; our customers, agency partners, employees and the communities where we live and work.
At Legal & General America we believe that to be successful we must actively contribute to our local communities and take measures to care for human and natural resources.
Our headquarters, located in Frederick, Maryland, was certified as a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) interiors building for new construction in March 2012. Just a few ways we achieved certification:
At Legal & General America our goal is to reduce our impact to the environment. A few ways that we work to achieve this goal are:
We work diligently to manage our environmental impact by controlling waste, lowering consumption of water and energy, and overall continuous improvements to our operating facilities. Our efforts have been recognized and rewarded with the EPA’s Energy Star Certification award for the past three years (2013-2016). This award indicates that our building uses 35% less energy and generates 35% fewer greenhouse emissions than similar buildings across the nation.
Legal General America makes recycling a priority and has a recycling plan in place for glass and plastic bottles, cardboard and all paper. In 2016 we recycled over 90,600 pounds of paper, the equivalent of 770 trees. After being shredded at our facility, all shredded materials are transported to a paper mill for an additional 2 step shredding/pulping process after which the waste materials are made into renewable products.
At Legal & General America, we make contributions of both time and money and our employees play an active role in supporting our social responsibilities. Giving back will always be a vital cornerstone of our business.
Each year, Legal & General America holds a Charitable Giving Campaign through America’s Charities. During the campaign, employees have the opportunity to participate in fundraising events at work that encourage teamwork and create excitement about giving. Employees are also encouraged to pledge donations by payroll deduction to the charities of their choice and our company matches every dollar.
The campaign is an annual success story for a corporation like ours. As is customary, our employees are able to pledge to their non-profit organization of choice and we annually select charities to feature. The featured charities selected in 2016 were Fisher House Foundation and Interfaith Housing Alliance. Our employees worked together to raise money for our feature charities through fundraisers and employee pledges.
With a little more than 500 employees, we raised $428,000 in our 2016 campaign. With a matching donation from Legal & General America, our total raised was $856,000 which will aid hundreds of different charities. Of the total donations, more than $60,000 was raised for our feature charities. For additional details on our 2016 campaign, please view our news article.
Each year, our employees nominate their peers who they believe have made a difference in their local communities. Employee's stories are an inspiration for others to follow, helping to bring Every Day Matters to life.Nominees are grouped into six categories:
Nominees include employees from the United Kingdom and the U.S., and our colleagues in France and the Netherlands take part in the voting process. These awards showcase the amazing employees we have in our company, who give their time to help others.
Legal & General America was one of the initial charter corporate partners of the Charitable Foundation established by the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA). The mission of the NAILBA Charitable Foundation is to encourage volunteerism among NAILBA members and provide grants to worthy charitable organizations that serve to enhance the quality of life for those less fortunate, placing a special emphasis on children.