Tom Wilson Chairman/CEO Letter
2011 Allstate Corporate Responsibility Report
Allstate's responsibility to improve local communities is central to our shared vision. It is fully integrated into our daily business activities and is supported by more than $28 million and thousands of volunteers. This commitment not only reflects the respect we have for our customers, it energizes local Allstate agency owners and rewards our people with personal growth and the opportunity to make a difference. We do it because it is who we are, what we believe and what we expect from each other.
Our corporate responsibility successes in 2012 build on an 81-year history of leadership that we are expanding for the generations of Allstaters who will serve America in the future. We tackle difficult issues ranging from the 4,000 teens that die needlessly in motor vehicle crashes each year to helping victims of domestic violence escape abuse and subjugation. Allstate agencies support and volunteer with thousands of nonprofits in virtually every local community. Allstate employees build houses, serve food, educate and console people in need. The company takes strong positions on societal issues such as providing for organized and funded disaster relief and creating safe neighborhoods. This work is important, necessary and beneficial for all members of society.
This year's report has many inspiring stories of Allstaters making a difference. I am filled with pride when faced with the reality of what we accomplish with talented people and the resources of a large and successful company. Please take the time to visit this interactive web site filled with videos, graphs and information that demonstrate how Allstate lives up to its responsibilities. The report follows the Global Reporting Initiative framework and highlights Allstate's progress in four key categories of accountability. A few highlights are listed below:
Social Impact - The Allstate Foundation provided funding to thousands of organizations that promote financial literacy, inclusive diversity and safer communities, including The YWCA, Facing History and Ourselves and Junior Achievement. We reached more than 80,000 domestic violence survivors with financial empowerment services and recently raised our goal to reach 500,000 survivors by 2015. I am especially proud that Allstate played a major role in passing key elements of the STANDUP Act - which incents states to improve teen safe driving laws - that when fully implemented will save thousands of lives every year!
Environment - Allstate's carbon footprint was reduced by nine percent over the prior year, our fourth consecutive year of reductions. By adopting new printing standards we lowered paper use by more than 11 percent during the year and by more than 50 percent since we launched this initiative in 2009.
Business Practices - Allstate was recognized by DiversityInc Magazine as a Top 50 company for diversity. In addition, we remain on pace to reach our longer-term goal to achieve nine percent of Allstate's total procurement spend with diverse suppliers by 2015.
Stakeholder Engagement - We deepened our strategic partnerships with organizations such as the Carbon Disclosure Project, Catalyst, Ceres and Business for Social Responsibility. Individual leaders serve on many nonprofit boards, including the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and an Allstate Fellows program provides full-time executives to nonprofit partners for three-month assignments.
As one of America's largest "Main Street" institutions, we are grateful for the trust placed in Allstate by those we serve. Together with our agency owners, employees and community partners across the country, Allstate will continue to build a better future.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer