Unum's commitment to human rights

Unum Group strives to create positive change in people’s lives and the world around us through our commitment, our vision and the values that have guided us for more than 170 years. We foster a supportive and respectful work environment and strive to maintain the highest standards of integrity and fairness — respecting the rights of our employees as well as clients, business partners, suppliers and members of the communities where we work and live.

Unum seeks to enhance and protect shareholder value by striving to conduct business in an ethically, economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner. We share our efforts and results through disclosures and reports such as our annual Corporate Responsibility Report, Annual Report on Form 10-K and Proxy Statement.

Our employees

Our success is built upon the performance of our people. We seek to retain and develop highly qualified, diverse and dedicated individuals across our workforce. We believe diversity among employees, with their varying perspectives and talents, enriches our organization, products and services, the communities in which we live and work, and each other. Unum’s active diversity efforts include the establishment of an Inclusion & Diversity Office, employee-directed resource groups for a variety of minority and special interests, frequent programs and speakers on diversity-related topics, and both mandatory and voluntary training on inclusive practices and behavior.

Unum supports employees with a highly competitive compensation and benefits program as well as a comprehensive array of services and programs to enhance physical, mental and financial health. These include paid family leave, tuition assistance, a college savings plan, a scholarship program for children of our employees, onsite health resource centers and fitness facilities, subsidized healthy eating options in onsite cafeterias, employee assistance programs and financial counseling services.

Unum believes all employees should be treated equally with respect, and work in an inclusive environment free from harassment, intimidation and bullying. Our “We Are Unum” values statement, Code of Conduct, Harassment Prohibition Policy, Anti-Retaliation Policy and Equal Employment Opportunity policies are cultural guideposts that help ensure Unum maintains an ethical and inclusive environment. All employees affirm the Code of Conduct and conduct training on these topics annually. We have zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying and retaliation, and follow our Performance Improvement & Disciplinary Policy to appropriately address issues.

We have multiple procedures to resolve employment-related problems as quickly and confidentially as possible. Based on our values and commitments, we strive to resolve problems in a manner that is respectful to our employees and considers the interests of all concerned.

Consistent with our focus on diversity, health and wellness, we recognize safety as a key priority. Unum strives to provide a safe work environment and give employees the knowledge and resources needed to perform their job in a safe, secure and healthy manner. We will not tolerate any threats or acts of violence on company property or, for work-related reasons, off company property.

Unum complies with the National Labor Relations Act, Equal Employment Opportunity Act and other legislation related to employee rights. We disclose information about occupational safety and health performance upon request from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Our business

Unum’s commitment to fairness and integrity in the workplace is evident in its corporate policies, including the Code of Conduct, Environmental Policy Statement and human resources policies. The Human Capital Committee of Unum’s board of directors oversees the development, implementation and monitoring of the company’s human capital policies and strategies, including workplace and employment practices. The Governance Committee also reviews environmental, governance and corporate social responsibility matters of significance for the company.

The importance we place on ethics is demonstrated through ongoing communication with our employees through videos, written communications and training designed to help our employees better understand and appreciate the importance of ethics to our business, culminating in an annual Ethics Awareness Week.

Our employees have access to an Ethics Helpline and additional resources dedicated to dispute resolution through which questions, concerns and complaints can be raised and resolved anonymously. Employees are strongly encouraged to raise ethics, discrimination or harassment matters, and to report suspected violations of applicable laws, regulations and policies. Retaliation for raising these concerns in good faith is strictly prohibited.

Our commitment to acting ethically and responsibly has been recognized externally by The Ethisphere® Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success.

We perform due diligence with key vendors and suppliers to ensure our business partners also have established and documented professional ethics and integrity programs and, in the U.K., compliance with the Modern Day Slavery Act. Our supplier standards are highlighted in our Supplier Code of Conduct. We are guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as we strive to continually develop improvements to business practices in our own operations.

Our community

Unum’s nearly 10,000 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Poland are committed to supporting the communities where we live and work and meeting the needs of others. We build stronger communities by focusing significant resources in three main areas — education, health and wellness, and the arts — in the form of monetary grants and in-kind donations. We encourage employee engagement in community outreach by providing time off for volunteer activities and matching employee giving to qualified organizations. We also forge strong partnerships with educators and other organizations that help us determine how best to support people in our communities.

Our environment

We’re committed to helping protect the valuable resources we all depend on to support quality of life for all people. We strive for facility operational excellence by reducing our carbon footprint and improving energy efficiency. Unum continues to take active steps toward reducing carbon emissions, reducing potable water use and increasing paper recycling year over year.

Our recognition

  • Forbes America’s Best Employers for Women — 2019 (Unum)
  • Civic 50 Points of Light — 2019 (Unum)
  • Bloomberg Gender Equality Index — 2019 (Unum)
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation™ Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality — 2019, 2017 (Unum)
  • Trendsetter, Center for Political Disclosure & Accountability Zicklin Index — 2018 (Unum)
  • Ward’s 50® top-performing insurance companies — 2018 (Unum)
  • Great Place to Work® Institute certification — 2018 (Unum)
  • Springboard Consulting® Disability Matters™ Steps-to-Success Award — 2018 (Unum)
  • Mogul Top 100 Innovator in Diversity & Inclusion — 2018 (Unum)
  • Columbia Chamber of Commerce Impact Award for Diversity & Inclusion — 2018 (Colonial Life, a subsidiary of Unum Group)
  • Disability:IN™ and American Association of People with Disabilities Disability Equality IndexSM Best Places to Work — 2018 (Unum)
  • Stonewall Diversity Champion — 2017 (Unum UK)
  • Women’s Forum of New York Breakfast of Corporate Champions recognition for female representation on the board of directors — 2017 (Unum)

Our ongoing commitment

To ensure Unum and its employees embrace and exemplify the principles of our Human Rights Statement, we conduct regular and ongoing training on our human and workplace rights approach and related policies. We also regularly monitor the internal and external environments to ensure our responses are appropriate and reflect ongoing learning and emerging best practices.

Unum reports on corporate responsibility issues through multiple communication channels such as our annual ESG Report, Annual Report on Form 10-K and proxy statement. For more information about corporate responsibility at Unum, see our annual Environmental, Social and Governance Report.

We welcome feedback on our corporate social responsibility performance. Contact Unum at Giving@unum.com.