Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have long histories and deep roots in our communities. Over many decades, individuals, families, businesses and organizations have been able to count on us to deliver on the promises we make. We strive to be a socially responsible company that takes a proactive approach to ensuring we make a positive impact in everything that we do.
In addition to meeting the ethical standards set out in our Code of Conduct, we are guided by a comprehensive governance framework.
We are committed to:
- Building Stronger Communities Together
- Engaging staff in the workplace and the community
- Managing our environmental impact
- Responsible investing
- Building mentally healthier workplaces
Building Stronger Communities Together
Relationships are at the heart of our success in business and in supporting our communities. Through our national corporate citizenship program, Stronger Communities Together™ , we work with community-based organizations to enable innovative solutions, long-term success and collaborations to meet the needs of communities.
Being a Caring Company sets us apart. As a member of Imagine Canada’s Caring Company program, we commit to principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment.
We’ve been an Imagine Caring Company for more than 2 decades. Over that time, our charitable contributions to Canadian communities have exceeded $174 million.
Our employees give back to the community
We encourage employees to get involved in their communities as volunteers and donors, and by putting their professional skills to use outside the office.
Our employees bring their professional skills back to the community in many different ways, adding to the dialogue on important issues in their fields through participation in industry associations and on boards and committees. Through activities with actuarial, accounting, investment, commercial real estate and other professional associations, and with local chambers of commerce, they are contributing to industry standards and best practices, and gaining professional knowledge. Employees also take time to mentor youth and provide career coaching to individuals preparing to find employment.
Managing our environmental impact
In 2015, we made a significant effort to improve our ability to track and share information on how we’re managing our environmental footprint. Managing our environmental footprint is the right thing to do for the well-being of our stakeholders, communities and long-term viability as a business. It’s a commitment built into our operational and business decisions. We consider all of our activities and look at opportunities for reductions, improvements, and efficiencies to limit our impact on the environment and to enhance the value of our products and services. Through these efforts, our Canadian operations earned a spot on the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Canada 200 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI).
Through our subsidiary GLC Asset Management Group Ltd. (GLC), we have provided strong and consistent professional investment management services for socially responsible investing mandates for more than 15 years.
In 2016, GLC became a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI). The UNPRI was established by a global, collaborative network of investors to recognize the increasing relevance of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues within the investment analysis and decision-making process.
In addition, GLC’s socially responsible investing mandates give clients a meaningful way to help ensure their investments promote a higher level of environmental sustainability, social responsibility and corporate governance. Clients benefit from professional portfolio management services as well as screening and review processes for socially responsible investing.
Building mentally healthier workplaces
Through the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace ,we work with like-minded organizations to help expand the awareness of healthy workplaces to include psychological health and safety. Recognizing the enormous cost of mental health issues on society, business and families, through the Centre we offer free tools and resources to any employer interested in enhancing psychological health and safety in the workplace. Our organization played a key role in helping to establish the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.