Corporate Responsibility

Allstaters share a common commitment to helping others. Every day, we’re focused on three things: helping people who are our customers, building a business that provides good returns to shareholders and improving our local communities.

"Allstate is working to create the 22nd century corporation. One that is a Force For Good. Customers, shareholders and employees will be well served."

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Allstaters share a common commitment to helping others. Every day, we’re focused on three things:

  • Helping people who are our customers
  • Building a business that provides good returns to shareholders
  • Improving our local communities

These commitments come together in our corporate responsibility efforts.

Allstate is working to create the 22nd century corporation. One that is a Force For Good. Customers, shareholders and employees will be well served. The people, capabilities and resources that are driving this transformation will also be focused on improving the local communities where we work and live. Customers will do business with us because of who we are, not just what we sell.

In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate Corporation, employees and agency owners gave $34 million to support local communities.

Allstate’s approach to corporate responsibility is innovative, focused and long-term. Following are a few highlights:

  • We have taken innovative approaches to reducing teen driving fatalities and reducing inner-city violence.
  • Over the past decade, our many new approaches to helping victims of domestic violence have been recognized for their meaningful impact.
  • To date, our programs have helped more than 1.5 million young drivers and 580,000 survivors of domestic violence.
  • We are partnering with Free The Children to support and reward youth for volunteering all across America.
  • Some 67 percent of agency owners and employees are involved in community service.
  • In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate Corporation, employees and agency owners gave $34 million to support local communities. Over the past decade, Allstate’s total giving reached nearly $300 million.

Our commitment to be a leading corporate citizen includes Allstate’s business practices as well. Our strong focus on a multicultural workplace and supplier network was recognized by Diversity Inc., which named Allstate to its Top 50 Companies for Diversity list for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, Allstate was recently recognized by Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company. We also continued to lead in the fight against insurance fraud, leveraging our big data capabilities to detect criminal activity and to help avoid passing on these costs to consumers. Finally, in the past year we surpassed our long-term goal to reduce energy use in our owned facilities by 20 percent—six years ahead of schedule.

Through our actions we’re helping people live a good life—today and for years to come. I hope you will take a closer look at our achievements and ongoing opportunity areas on our new Corporate Responsibility Report website.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

"Corporate responsibility is embedded across our company, and we are always looking for opportunities to be a Force for Good."

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At Allstate, we believe everyone deserves a Good Life. This philosophy guides our every action as a prominent business, employer, neighbor and community partner.

Our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report details how Allstate—and Allstaters—strive to be a force for good. You’ll find stories about how we, together with our neighbors and partners, tackle some of society’s toughest issues and inspire the next generation of leaders. At the heart of our efforts are the Allstate agency owners and employees who continually strive to make communities stronger, lives safer and futures brighter.

We organize our corporate responsibility initiatives into four core focus areas: responsible business practices, environmental stewardship, social impact and stakeholder engagement. Highlights from 2014 include:

Business Practices

Corporate responsibility is embedded across our company, and we’re always looking for opportunities to be a force for good. We’re 75,000+ unique individuals who come together as one team to win the trust and respect of our customers and make a difference in the communities we serve.

One example is our Diversity Emerging Managers program, which enables us to identify and invest in the next generation of top-performing women and minority investment managers. Together with our partner, Grosvenor Capital Management, we identified a number of highly qualified women- and minority-owned firms for consideration in the program. Allstate allocated $100 million to these firms in 2013 and invested half of it last year. The remainder will be invested in 2015.

We also encourage our suppliers to join our efforts in the areas of sustainability and diversity. This year we added sustainability requirements into key supplier contracts and incorporated sustainability criteria into relevant supplier scorecards. In 2015, we plan to build on our progress by developing a sustainability road map for key suppliers. It will include educational and training resources on sustainability practices for our most strategic suppliers in every supply chain category.

Environment

In 2014, we released our company’s first statement on climate change, one of the most important global issues of this generation. Within our own organization, we achieved our long-term goal of a 20 percent reduction in energy use in our owned facilities from the baseline established in 2007. Given the great strides we’ve made over the past seven years, we’ll review this goal in 2015 and consider new long-term energy-use targets.

How can we continually do more? We ask our employees, agency owners, customers and other stakeholders this question, and we incorporate their input into our business operations. And it's working.

Social Impact

Over the past 10 years, Allstate has been proud to play a leadership role in addressing domestic violence—which affects more than one in four women in their lifetime. Our program has focused on increasing survivors’ financial knowledge and capabilities to help them escape the control of an abuser and move forward with their lives. I’m happy to report we surpassed our long-term goal to support the financial empowerment of 500,000 domestic violence survivors by 2015, with our actual reach now exceeding 580,000 survivors.

We have also nearly achieved our long-term target to help reduce teen driving fatalities by 50 percent by 2015. We’ve done so by influencing the way teenagers think and act behind the wheel through education and awareness programs, parental resources, and research to help educate the public about safe driving practices for teens.

Our focus on youth empowerment is growing. We believe young people want to rise up to the challenges of a complex world and meet their full potential. We engage them as problem solvers—and help them find solutions for key societal issues. To that end, in 2014 we launched an exciting new partnership with Free The Children. Through our sponsorship of the organization’s We Day events and year-long school programs, we’re building strong values for community involvement, volunteerism and citizenship among our next generation of leaders.

Stakeholders

How can we continually do more? We ask our employees, agency owners, customers and other stakeholders this question, and we incorporate their input into our business operations. And it’s working. This year, stakeholders gave us our highest reputation score ever. Agency owners reported increased overall satisfaction with Allstate, while employees’ engagement and satisfaction levels were at their highest levels since we began measuring them.

We also look for input from external stakeholders—people in government, academia, research institutes and the nonprofit sector—to find ways to improve our sustainability efforts. This year we asked Ceres, one of the world’s leading sustainability organizations, to bring together experts to review our corporate responsibility program and suggest improvements. We’ll begin to implement their ideas in 2015 and beyond.

Tell us what you think

We’d also like to engage with you. Please explore our new report and share the stories you find interesting with your friends and coworkers through social media. Let us know if you have any feedback or ideas about how we can improve our corporate responsibility practices — we’re listening at CorporateResponsibilityFeedback@allstate.com. We’re also interested in hearing about how you like our new report format, which organizes our philosophy and ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility in the Approach section, and the timely stories and results in the Progress section. Most of all, we look forward to working with you to be a force for good in our world.

Victoria Dinges

Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility