Unum and its employees contributed $3.3 million last year to nonprofit organizations throughout Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia, part of more than $12.8 million in total charitable support from the company in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland. In addition, employees in Unum’s Chattanooga office volunteered 19,336 hours to their favorite local causes, valued at $466,771.
“Helping build stronger communities is one of our core values and is reflected in our long-standing tradition of giving back,” said Miles Huff, community relations specialist. “Year after year, our employees demonstrate our commitment to the Chattanooga community by giving their time, talents and financial resources.”
"Unum’s recently released 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights the company’s focus on social responsibility and support of public education initiatives that provide students more opportunities to learn. Beyond giving back, the company’s commitment to social responsibility includes helping millions of people gain affordable access to financial protection benefits and creating a world-class workplace for its employees.
"Over the years, Unum has been instrumental in developing strong business-education initiatives locally, designed to improve the educational outlook for many and make a lasting impact on the long-term future of the community. The Hamilton County School System and Public Education Foundation are two of Unum’s biggest education partnerships. Other beneficiaries include Chambliss Center for Children, Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County and Chattanooga Symphony and Opera," officials said.
“For a community to thrive, the proactive engagement between education and business is critical,” Mr. Huff said. Last year, Unum announced it’s investing an additional $1 million in charitable contributions in support of local communities.
"Another core component of its social responsibility is creating a world-class workplace for Unum’s 10,000 employees worldwide. Central to this work environment is an inclusive culture where unique talents, ideas and perspectives of all employees are valued and respected, which ultimately help the company better serve the diverse needs of its customers.
"Other workplace initiatives include a multi-year investment into modernizing home office locations to foster collaboration and spark creativity and innovation; minimizing its environmental impact to improve the quality of life for the surrounding communities; and a total rewards benefits package designed to promote wellness, support a healthy work-life balance, and encourage employees to live their best at work and outside of company walls," officials said.