Unum and its employees in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland teamed up to contribute more than $12.4 million and volunteered more than 87,000 hours to support community initiatives they care deeply about.
“Unum’s commitment to social responsibility is one of our core values and is reflected in the longstanding tradition we have of giving back to our communities,” said Unum’s Joe Foley, senior vice president. “It’s rewarding to see our employees share that commitment and that they’re dedicated to making a difference in the places where we work and live.”
The company primarily focuses its charitable efforts on supporting public education initiatives that provide more opportunity for students to learn. Other areas of support include health and wellness and arts and culture.
“Unum has been an incredible partner to Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) over the last four years,” says Dr. Elaine Swafford, the executive director of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy in Tennessee. “Unum’s support doesn’t end with their financial commitment to the school. Unum has taken a lead role in our mentoring program, hosting dozens of CGLA girls on-site to gain real-world experiences in the workplace. Unum’s employees have a true passion for improving the lives of our girls and their investment of time is paying dividends as our girls are inspired to succeed in college and future careers.”
Over the years, Unum has also been instrumental in creating education programs with South High Community School in Worcester, Mass., the Education Leaders Experience in Portland, Maine and Columbia, S.C., and the Strong Schools Grants programs in Chattanooga, Tenn.
“Working with these organizations and providing financial and volunteer support to these programs is critical,” said Cary Olson Cartwright, assistant vice president for corporate social responsibility at Unum. “The future success of our communities depends on having well-educated children and young adults who are being prepared to become future leaders. These programs do an excellent job getting them ready for that role and are making a significant impact on our community.”
Outside of public education initiatives, other major charitable efforts during 2016 included fundraising campaigns for local United Way agencies. Additional recipients included the Public Education Foundation in Tennessee, The Hanover Theatre in Massachusetts, Educate Maine, Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands in South Carolina, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in the U.K. and Junior Achievement Ireland.