2015 Corporate Citizenship

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2015 Corporate Citizenship

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2015 Corporate Citizenship

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Corporate Citizenship Overview
A letter from Jeff
Bellows

At Blue Cross, we are deeply committed to helping our members lead healthier lives, and through corporate citizenship, we extend that commitment to the communities where they live and work, all across Massachusetts.
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Y Our
Stories

2015Year in Review

Community Investments

Contributed

$6M

to

497Nonprofit Organizations

Associate Giving

Our Associates personally gave

$355K

to

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

and

$127K

to our

Catalyst Fund

Which provides small grants to organizations that expand health care access

Team Blue

800+

Associates

of all fitness levels laced up their shoes to help nonprofits promote wellness in their communitites

1.2M

Calories
Burned

24M

Steps
Tallied

For a total of

12,000 Miles

the equivalent of 4 round trips from Boston to Los Angeles

Civic Engagement

The BlueCrew provides our associates with opportunities to serve:

350+

Associate
Project
Leaders

89%

of Associates
Volunteered

$1.4M+

Value of
Service

230+

Community
Projects

Bluecrew Volunteer Projects

3.2K

Associates lent their hearts and hands to help nonprofits pursue their missions and serve their communities

$728K Value of Service

Based on state standard of $28 per hour

Skills-based Service Programs

37

Associates used their business knowledge to strengthen nonprofits' operations, finances, human resources, and information systems

$656K Value of Service

Based on industry standard of $175 per hour

Nonprofit Board Leadership

50%

of senior leaders counseled 48 nonprofits by serving on boards of directors

63 Leaders Completed

our Nonprofit Board Education Program

2015 Sustainability Goals

Since 2010, we have worked aggressively to reduce the environmental impact of our operations:

Goal 1

15%

Reduction of Absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 2015

Result

14%

GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTIONIn Scopes 1 & 2

Scope 1

Emissions produced from the burning of fossil fuels on Blue Cross property (e.g. heating buildings by burning natural gas)

Scope 2

Emissions associated with the electricity Blue Cross purchases for its offices

Scope 3

Emissions attributed to the company's business but occur form sources not owned or controlled by Blue Cross (e.g. commuters, e-workers, and purchased goods and services)

Goal 2

35%

Reduction of Paper Use by 2015

Result

36%
Paper Use Reduction

Goal 3

15%

Reduction of waste to landfill by 2015

Result

16%
Waste Reduction

101 Huntington

Our new Boston headquarters prioritized health and sustainability

100%

Of our office furniture is flame retardant free

100%

of our cafeteria wares are compostable

100%

of our carpeting is made from 100% recycled material

2020 Sustainability Goals

We have developed an ambitious set of 2020 sustainability goals focused on the following areas:

Climate
& Air

Climate change is one of our biggest public health issues and poor air quality continues to impact asthma rates and lung and heart disease.

Food

Healthy eating and food systems prioritize and support environmental sustainability, local agriculture and human health.

Natural
Resources

Thriving regional ecosystems and community access to green and blue space are critical to our health and our economy.

Chemicals

Products and materials found in our offices, schools and homes should be free of pollutants and toxic chemicals.

Stay up-to-date on our progress by visiting www.bluecrossma.com/corporate-citizenship

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Award for Exemplary Community Partnership
Presidential Volunteer Service Award
Leadership in Literacy Award
7th Most Charitable Contributor in Massachusetts
Early Childhood Corporate Champion Award
A Better City: Target 2020 Leader Award

Y Our
Leadership

  • Jeff Bellows

    Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Public Affairs

  • Yvonne Tang

    Director, Community Investments & Business Integration

  • Lucy Darragh

    Director, Civic Engagment & Events

  • Kyle Cahill

    Director, Sustainability & Environmental Health