At Guardian, we take our role in our communities seriously. Our approach is both long term and heartfelt. That’s because the initiatives we support stem directly from our corporate values: putting people first, doing the right thing, and holding ourselves to high standards.
Engraved deeply into the culture at Guardian is a belief in the power of education. We go beyond encouraging our own workforce to benefit from training and degree programs. We also support literacy and education through a number of community-facing programs.
In 2013, we announced our commitment to support strategic philanthropic initiatives that increase educational opportunities through our Money Management for LifeSM program. Through expanding partnerships with community colleges located near Guardian offices, the program offers a scholarship for a credited personal finance course to help educate students with the essential skills and knowledge to manage their own finances. The courses are designed by educational professionals, and Guardian’s associates regularly contribute to the classes. This allows us the opportunity to share our extensive knowledge to empower students with practical information to become more financially savvy. The following is a sample of community colleges we currently work with: Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA, Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA, and Northampton Community College, in Bethlehem, PA.
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.
We are committed to creating a workplace that maintains a positive balance between the numerous social, ecological, and economic factors that impact business today. We have created a cross-functional committee specifically tasked with promoting meaningful action related to sustainability throughout all areas of our organization.
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. We have already cut down the number of printed pages at Guardian by more than 987 million pieces of paper.
Beyond our efforts in our offices, by supplying water-recycling containers for our conferences, we have provided clean water to 8,000 families abroad while reducing excess plastic here.
As a corporation fundamentally rooted in serving our society, we engage in corporate philanthropy, giving to an array of organizations and causes.
Two of the most noteworthy are United Way and the American Heart Association. We support both of these organizations through fundraising events, employee contributions, and by encouraging our employees to lend a hand through volunteer activities. Another company focus is on the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization whose mission is helping terminally ill children. We’re donating points from a number of hotel chains that will enable kids to travel, our goal being one million points by January 2016.
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 Karen Olvany at Karen_Olvany@glic.com.