The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company - Sustainable Practices Committee Charter
The Sustainable Practices Committee is responsible for identifying environmental issues and developing, Implementing and monitoring environmentally responsible policies and procedures for Western and Southern Financial Group facilities and personnel.
The members and Chairman of the Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee with the advice of the President of Eagle Realty Group (subsidiary of Western Southern). The members shall include associates from multiple operational areas within Western & Southern, including, but not limited to, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Information Services and Public Relations.
Meetings of the Committee are held quarterly or as otherwise determined by the members of the committee.
The Committee shall:
- Develop and implement environmentally responsible programs, procedures and training
- Work with Company managers to disseminate such programs, procedures, and training
- Monitor compliance with all environmental programs and procedures.
Minutes will be taken of all Committee meetings and will be signed by the Chairman of the Committee.
Questions Regarding the Sustainable Practices Committee
Any questions relating to the Committee should be referred to the Chairman of the Committee or to the President of Eagle Realty Group.
Periodic Review of the Sustainable Practices Committee Charter
The committee will review its charter periodically and recommend proposed changes to the Chairman of the Committee and the President of Eagle Realty Group for approval by the Executive Committee.
2019 Sustainability Report
The backbone of Western & Southern’s continued success is our corporate culture. It guides our actions every day. It keeps us focused on the long term, operating with the highest level of respect, integrity and ethics, and constantly searching for innovative strategies and solutions.
These culture principles extend to our sustainability efforts, which have been gaining momentum in the last several years.
Our Queen City Square development, completed in 2011 and featuring the 665-feet-tall, 41-story Great American Tower in Cincinnati, is a shining example of our commitment to sustainability. Queen City Square, a LEED Gold certified building, received the EPA’s Energy Star designation for five years in a row. Queen City Square was also named the 2014-15 Cincinnati-area winner of The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY®) Award from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) in recognition of its sustainability and recycling practices.
Our Facilities Services department promotes sustainability by continually updating equipment and implementing practices to conserve energy and resources. High-efficiency pumps, motor drives, heat-recovery chillers and high-efficiency boilers are several of the major improvements made in the last few years.
We have made significant strides toward our goal of becoming paperless by promoting scanning to email instead of making hard copies. In the last two years alone, we achieved an 11% decrease in printing. For the printing paper we do use, the majority is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and comes from forests managed in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable manner.
For electronic equipment, we review our technology needs, monitoring new developments and assessing our current equipment on an ongoing basis. Or, if the equipment has reached the end of its useful life, we recycle it.
In 2019, we implemented several LED projects, including the use of daylight harvesting on one of the floors, whereby LED bulbs adjust based on available light. Our new offsite print facility has all LED lighting, and the flood lights around our headquarters and all the holiday lights are LED lighting.
Overall, in 2019 we recycled 500,000 pounds of mixed paper and shredded material, as well as 30,000 pounds of various metals.
While sustainable practices are a priority for operating our company, we also share the responsibility for helping sustain the larger community. Our strategic support through donations and sponsorships (more than $50 million in the last five years) strengthens Greater Cincinnati’s health and human services infrastructure, education and youth programs, arts institutions, and civic and community development efforts.
With our culture principles guiding us, we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to making both our company and our community more sustainable for many years to come.