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Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, today announced a series of new sustainability goals within its third Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. The 2012-2013 report highlights Humana’s unique commitment to helping people achieve lifelong well-being through the company’s Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Healthy Performance CSR platform. The report shares a number of significant achievements including an eight percent reduction in energy use, receiving LEED Commercial Interiors Certification at Humana offices in Tampa Bay, Fla. and launching a 150 data-point employee well-being scorecard.
The report, a self-declared Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Level B, details Humana's continuing effort to assess and evaluate existing CSR endeavors and establish new metrics and benchmarks for tracking impacts and progress. As part of this effort, Humana assessed its environmental sustainability program, in accordance with industry best practices (as described by GRI). The assessment identified operational efficiency, supply-chain sustainability and procurement, and associate engagement as top priorities moving forward.
Humana also recognizes the intrinsic link between the health of the planet and the services the company provides. The report acknowledges that climate change poses a serious challenge to the planet and impacts the health and well-being of those Humana serves. As a result, Humana has set goals it intends to accomplish by the end of 2015, including:
- Reduce annual energy consumption by 5 percent;
- Decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent; and
- Increase landfill diversion to 40 percent of the waste stream.
Going forward, Humana will adopt facility environmental and green standards and set goals and metrics to track progress; assess and survey its largest suppliers’ sustainability efforts to share best practices and Humana’s supplier expectations; and identify new ways to engage Humana’s 52,000 associates in the company’s CSR efforts.
“At its core, our business is about partnering with people to help them achieve their best health. Inspiring health is one of our values,” said Bruce D. Broussard, Humana President and Chief Executive Officer. “This report illustrates how our CSR endeavors – from associate engagement to greenhouse gas emissions reductions – connect with Humana’s work to promote lifelong well-being. Our 2012-2013 CSR Report provides the foundation for us to take bigger, broader, more impactful actions going forward.”
Humana is committed to supporting and promoting associate participation in a variety of volunteer opportunities. The report showcases how these volunteer opportunities support Humana’s work to help its associates, members, and communities live healthier lives while boosting associate morale and engagement. Humana’s continuing efforts to promote lifelong well-being include examples such as:
- Humana Helps, a program for people wanting to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how to get covered, with partners including CVS/pharmacy and YMCA of the USA
- HumanaVitality, an incentive-based wellness and rewards program that rewards healthy behaviors like preventative screenings, smoking cessation, exercise, and blood donation
- Working with KaBOOM!, a nonprofit that helps to create safe and active play spaces for America’s children, to build more than 50 playgrounds in underserved neighborhoods by the end of 2014
- The Humana Legacy Program, a partnership of the Humana Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, to create an intergenerational mentoring program that pairs adults 55+ with children
To learn more about Humana’s Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Healthy Performance platform, view the just-released 2012-2013 Humana Corporate Social Responsibility Report at www.humanacsrreport.com.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at www.humana.com, including copies of:
- Annual reports to stockholders
- Securities and Exchange Commission filings
- Most recent investor conference presentations
- Quarterly earnings news releases
- Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls
- Calendar of events (including upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors)
- Corporate Governance information
The Children’s Inn at NIH today announced a $5 million contribution from the Merck Foundation to support and maintain programs and services at The Inn’s Woodmont House, a transitional home for patients who are participating in pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Clinical Center. The Woodmont House is "A Place Like Home" for up to five families whose children are no longer in the acute phase of their illnesses but still require treatment. This grant is the Foundation’s second major gift to The Woodmont House since the home, adjacent to the NIH campus, opened in 2010.
The partnership with Merck began 25 years ago with its initial gift of $3.7 million to build The Inn. Merck’s total giving now tops $20 million—a remarkable level of support and commitment to The Inn’s mission.
“The Inn and The Woodmont House would not exist today without Merck’s support,” said Inn CEO Kathy L. Russell. “With more than two decades of generous support of The Children’s Inn, Merck and the Merck Foundation have built a legacy of philanthropy that has touched thousands of lives and will benefit many more seriously ill children and their families who will stay at The Inn in the future.”
Most children who come to the NIH for treatment are facing life-threatening illnesses that resist conventional therapy. Since its opening in 1990, The Children’s Inn has hosted 12,000 children from all over the United States and more than 80 other countries. More than 116 children and their families from 11 states and Puerto Rico, and eight other countries have stayed at The Woodmont House over the past four years. On average, families stay for several weeks or months, and the house has proved to be a perfect space for families with children receiving transplants—which entails a 120-day monitoring period following a transplant. Like all Inn families, they pay nothing regardless of the length of their stay.
“We are proud of Merck’s long-standing partnership with The Children’s Inn,” said Geralyn S. Ritter, president, Merck Foundation. “Continuing our support of The Woodmont House and the Inn naturally ties into Merck’s commitment to improving access to health, and we applaud The Inn’s staff for their tireless efforts in providing a healing environment for so many children and their families.”
About The Children’s Inn at NIH
The Children’s Inn at NIH is a residential "Place Like Home" for seriously ill children and their families who travel from across the country and around the world. Families enjoy The Inn’s healing environment while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH, the world's leading biomedical research center. While the NIH takes care of the child's medical needs, The Inn tends to the child's heart, soul and spirit. Families stay at The Inn free of charge, no matter how long. www.childrensinn.org
About The Merck Foundation
The Merck Foundation is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation. Established in 1957 by Merck, a global healthcare leader, the Foundation is funded entirely by the company and is Merck's chief source of funding support to qualified non-profit, charitable organizations. Since its inception, the Merck Foundation has contributed more than $785 million to support important initiatives that address societal needs and are consistent with Merck's overall mission to help the world be well. For more information, visit www.merckgiving.com
Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership Hosts Ethics & Sustainability Conference Featuring Regional and National Business Leaders
The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) will bring together more than 200 business, academic and government leaders to discuss the need for sustainable business leadership and how ethical, environmental and social objectives can be built into businesses’ core missions and operations.
The “Ethical Environment of Business Sustainability” conference will be held Friday, June 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ).
Panel discussions and presentations on business’ role in environmental and geopolitical stability, as well as the role of corporations in community health and their impact on social innovation will be featured. Speakers include:
- Richard A. Smith, Chairman, CEO and President of Realogy Holdings Corp., a New Jersey-based global leader in real estate franchising, Realogy’s brands include CENTURY 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, Sotheby’s International Realty and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Smith has been named the “Most Powerful Person in Residential Real Estate Brokerage” in the Swanepoel Power 200 rankings, and Realogy has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute in each of the past three years. Mr. Smith will deliver the keynote address, “Why is an ethical environment within your company critical to its sustainability?”
- Christine Bader, Author, The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil (Bibliomotion, March 2014), and former Manager of Policy Development, where she oversaw the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. She will discuss life on the front lines of integrating human rights into business -- including what happens when it all goes wrong.
- Leading the panel discussions is Gregory Sauter, Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Officer, AECOM. Comprised of more than 45,000 employees in 150 countries, AECOM provides professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water, and government. Sauter is also Board President of Engineers without Borders. He will lead panel discussions on the role of business in environmental and geopolitical stability, and on the health of local communities.
- Kevin Lyons, PhD, Supply Chain Professor, Rutgers Business School
- Guy Story, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist, Audible.com
- Paula Luff, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hess Corporation
- Derek Veenhof, Executive Vice President, Sustainable Solutions, Covanta
“A business has a responsibility to reward shareholders while ensuring that the communities in which it operates have the human and natural resources necessary to thrive in the future,” said IEL co-founder James Abruzzo. “This conference will be an opportunity for more than 200 attendees to learn from strategic thinkers and practitioners who understand how to navigate complexities of true sustainable leadership.”
Now in its fifth year, the annual Ethical Leadership Conference brings together experts from all sectors to address the most pressing current ethical issues in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors.
“IEL is proud to host this annual event to educate and raise awareness on the importance of ethical leadership,” Abruzzo added.
The 2014 Ethical Leadership Conference is sponsored by Wells Fargo, AECOM, Verizon and KPMG. For information on available sponsorships, the agenda, and to register for the conference, please visit http://www.business.rutgers.edu/iel/programs/business-government/2014-conference, call 973-353-1135 or email email@example.com.
About the Institute for Ethical Leadership
The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School works with business and government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and within Rutgers University to provide leaders and future leaders with the education, training and critical-thinking tools needed to become more effective leaders and managers and make ethical decisions for real-world challenges. For more information, visit www.business.rutgers.edu/iel.