Louisville-based health insurance/health care provider Humana is showing the public its warm and fuzzy side today.
The report makes the company the first to use Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, according to a news release.
Amsterdam, Netherlands-based GRI developed a comprehensive “Sustainability Reporting Framework” that encourages organizations to measure and report their economic, environmental, social and governance performance – the four key areas of sustainability.
All the buzz words and generalities aside, the Humana statement includes some pretty startling goals:
- Pledges to reduce building energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and annual energy expenses by 10 percent each, over the course of 2012, from a 2009 baseline
- Obtained ENERGY STAR(R) certification for its Louisville headquarters building, the Humana Building
- Has begun a Veterans Initiative, with plans to hire 1,000 military veterans and/or their spouses for roles across the company (in addition to veterans currently employed by Humana)
- Has created four Network Resource Groups, for African-American; Hispanic; caregivers; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender associates
- Vastly improved its standing in the 2011 Newsweek Green Index, ranking No. 72 in 2011 — up from No. 317 in 2010
- Doubled its score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index, to 90 of 100 from a score of 45 in 2010
From the release:
Humana Inc. HUM -0.84% , one of the nation’s leading health care companies, today released its 2010-2011 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report. It is the first such publication among major U.S. health insurers to use Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, the world’s most recognized standards for environmental, social and governance reporting.
The report focuses on Humana’s CSR platform — Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Healthy Performance — and introduces the company’s energy-saving targets for 2012. The report also illuminates a range of specific ways Humana is helping people achieve lifelong well-being, such as an innovative well-being pilot program in Kentucky and Humana’s partnership with Walmart to make prescription drugs more affordable for Medicare beneficiaries.
“This report marks an important milestone in our CSR journey,” said Humana Chairman and CEO Mike McCallister. “Through this report, we share our efforts and aspirations to further integrate CSR into our business strategy and operations across the U.S.”
About Humana: Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, 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.