Our environmental stewardship
Unum’s commitment to environmental responsibility is a promise we made long ago to our shareholders and to the communities where we live and work, and it’s a promise we continue to nurture through sustainable business practices and the dedication of our employees.
Our stewardship focuses on four areas: buildings, culture, education and community.
Approximately 36.5 percent of Unum’s leased facilities are located in a LEED-certified or Energy Star-certified building. We’ve also worked hard to develop sustainable and efficient work spaces by replacing older equipment and making improvements in operational scheduling, reducing energy and water use as a result.
Employees are encouraged to practice sustainability efforts every day. We promote the reuse and recycling of office supplies, and provide single-stream recycling for common items. We also have permanent recycling stations for batteries, printer cartridges and electronics. And, we encourage our employees to carpool through our RideShare programs or cycle to work by offering bike cages in our parking garages.
Our annual companywide Earth Day and America Recycles Day activities promote greater awareness of environmental issues.
We engage our communities through outreach and service. In 2012, we gave away and planted 300 evergreen trees, and our Green Team gives annual Earth Day and America Recycles Day presentations to local elementary schools. We also ask employees to recycle old cell phones so victims of domestic violence can use those refurbished phones in case of emergency.