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 several years (2013-2018). 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 2018 we recycled over 81,900 pounds of paper, the equivalent of 693 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 2018 were Second Chances Garage and America’s VetDogs. Our employees worked together to raise money for our feature charities through fundraisers and employee pledges.
With a little more than 600 employees, we raised $476,716.33 in our 2018 campaign. With a matching donation from Legal & General America, our total raised was $952,845.36 which will aid hundreds of different charities. Of the total donations, approximately $70,000 was raised for our feature charities. For additional details on our 2018 campaign, please view our news article.
Each year, Sir John Kingman, Chairman, hosts the Community Awards to recognize the amazing achievements of our employees. Employees are nominated by their peers for their volunteer work in the community. Their stories are an inspiration for others.Nominees are grouped into four categories:
Nominees include employees from all Legal & General Group companies. The nominees and their stories are available for voting by both employees and the general public. When the nomination process has closed, all nominees are invited to join the chairman and the group board for a celebratory lunch and awards ceremony.
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.