For more than 150 years, Guardian has been committed to having a positive impact on society through corporate responsibility. The initiatives we support are derived from our core values: people count, we do the right thing, and we hold ourselves to very high standards.
Our philanthropy efforts focus on financial capability and workforce development for low-income families and individuals. Our efforts aim to equip more people to attain competitive in-demand jobs, which require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree – such as an associate’s degree, or a technical certificate. We believe that through support and education, individuals and families can become self-sufficient and begin to create assets for the long term.
Financial Capability: Since 2013, Guardian’s Money Management for LifeSM program has created alliances with community colleges across the country to offer a free, for-credit personal finance course. These courses help educate students, imparting the essential skills needed to manage their own finances and plan for their educational and financial futures. They are designed by educational professionals, and Guardian’s employees regularly contribute to the classes. Students enrolled in the courses are also provided with additional opportunities for personal and career growth through internships with Guardian. Since the start of this program, nearly 600 students have successfully completed the course, with almost 30 students earning paid summer internships with the company.
Guardian is currently working with 10 community colleges across the nation. Our partners are:
- Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
- Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City, NY
- Capital Community College, Hartford, CT
- Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT
- Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento, CA
- Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
- Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
- Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
- University of the District of Columbia Community College, Washington, DC
- University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Appleton, WI
For more information about Money Management for Life, please contact Philanthropy_info@glic.com.
Workforce Development: Our focus on workforce development encompasses education, training, skills development, career coaching, mentoring, internships and apprenticeships.
As part of this initiative, Guardian partners with Business Higher Education Forum to bring Data Science courses to colleges and universities. By leveraging the expertise of our employees, Guardian has served as a part of the coalition helping colleges and universities prepare undergraduate students for data-intensive jobs in financial services that are outside of accounting and finance – with a focus on underrepresented minorities.
Through a partnership with The City of New York’s Center for Youth Development, Guardian is supporting the inaugural CareerCLUE program. CareerCLUE is a for-credit summer program that will provide high school students with a blend of academics, exploration on jobs in the green economy, personal development, and learning activities. In addition, Guardian employees will help students learn to do environmental assessments in their own schools.
Guardian is also a founding partner of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Center for Youth Employment. The initiative leverages new public-private partnerships with key city industries to both provide unique work experiences for young people and build a pipeline of talent for companies that is homegrown and diverse.
Corporate Giving: As a corporation fundamentally rooted in serving our society, we engage in corporate philanthropy, giving to an array of organizations and causes. Through our giving in local markets where we have a presence, Guardian has supported financial education, workforce development, and health and wellness programs that provide communities in most need with essential services and opportunities to improve the quality of their lives and provide them with assets to create a better future. Guardian has also responded to crisis in our local communities to help them recover and heal, including providing support to recent tragedies in Baton Rouge, LA and Orlando, FL.
As another part of our philanthropic commitment toward education, Guardian matches gifts made by our employees and financial representatives to selected educational institutions. For more information, or to find out if your organization qualifies for a match, please contact Philanthropy_info@glic.com.
We are committed to creating a workplace that balances the social, ecological, and economic needs of doing business today. Guardian embraces environmental sustainability as a way to create value for our customers, employees, and communities.
By building LEED environmentally-certified offices, using energy-efficient lighting, eliminating hardware in favor of cloud-based storage technology, reducing paper waste, recycling, and using PC and IP Phone power-saving settings, we’re significantly reducing energy consumption through all of our offices. Some recent successes include:
- Reducing information technology energy consumption by 25 percent
- Starting a managed print project to eliminate a significant number of personal printers, reduce network printers by 50 percent, and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 84 percent
- Implementing processes to reduce print volumes (currently at 45 million pages) by 10 percent, saving 540 trees and 378,000 gallons of water per year
Guardian employees formed local “Green Teams” in Appleton, Bethlehem, New York, Pittsfield, and Spokane in 2016 to engage and educate employees on company policies and environmentally-friendly behaviors, plan activities in support of company-wide efforts, and encourage employee participation in company activities and personal actions.
Guardian’s growth is for the long term, and we embrace environmental sustainability as a way to create value for our customers, employees, and communities. Everyone plays a role in shaping our success. From improving our business practices to encouraging employees to take action and make a positive environmental impact, we are extending our values-based commitment to being stewards to our planet.
People count is one of Guardian’s core values. Our employees regularly volunteer their time, skills, and ideas to help our local communities. Guardian employees support local communities and environmentally sustainable practices, such as volunteering with The Battery Conservancy with its inaugural Battery Fair and assisting in a preservation effort to clean trails by the Delaware & Lehigh Canal to help maintain and restore paths.
Guardian established Community Involvement Committees in all of our Regional Home offices in 2016. The purpose of these committees are to build a coordinated portfolio of employee volunteer, philanthropic grants, and community sponsorship efforts that demonstrate the commitment, values, and skills of Guardian employees.
Diversity of thought, background, and experience is essential for moving an organization forward. Guardian firmly believes in this principle, and we’re pursuing greater inclusion in all aspects of our business. In 2013, we launched our “be meaningful” campaign to create a community and forum for female professionals to connect with each other, sharing their advice and experience. In 2015, we launched our Diversity and Inclusion Council to further promote cultural awareness and foster innovation by encouraging employees to bring their unique ideas and solutions to the table. To better serve our customers how, when, and where they prefer, our employees should be representative of the clients we serve.