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Corporate Responsibility

Ecclesiastical exists to contribute to the greater good of society. 

  • A different kind of business

    We grant a significant proportion of our profits to our charitable owner AllChurches Trust Limited (ATL), which in turn invests them independently into the heart of communities. 

    Every day you work with us, you are helping change peoples lives for the better.  

  • Building a movement for good

    To guide our responsible business agenda, we take a materiality approach to issues. This balances importance to our stakeholders with importance to our business to judge the relative risk and impact.  

    We continue to use materiality to shape our focus. It has helped us to prioritise key issues including employee conduct, diversity, heritage preservation and environmental management. 

How we know we’re getting it right 

We believe independent assessment is an important aspect of maintaining and raising standards.   

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We also use a range of internal measures to monitor and manage our performance across all areas of responsible business – find out more about our community, our people, our environment and our partners. 
  • Our community

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    We’re a different kind of business and we work hard to give back to communities.  

    Building a movement for good 

    We are owned by a charity and our purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society. We have increased our total charitable giving to £27.5m. Our giving has ranked 4th in the Directory of Social Change’s UK Guide to Company Giving and we are the number one insurer on the list.

    We make a difference in three key ways: 

    1. Being a different kind of business – delivering profits to charity. 
    2. Focusing on key social issues important to our customers and partners. 
    3. Enabling our people and partners to give to causes close to them. 

    Employee-led giving 

    Our employees lead the way in our movement for good and we are 100% behind anything they do for charity.  

    As part of our MyGiving scheme, each employee has access to a personal grant of £125. The grant can be given to a charity of their choice and we double the amount if it’s a charity they have volunteered for. We also match 100% of what our employees fundraise or give to charity through Payroll. 

    It has helped us to achieve our most successful year of employee-led giving, engagement and fundraising ever.   

    * Nearly £300,000 donated through our employee giving scheme. 
    * 60% of employees gave volunteering time – practical or professional.  
    * £37,000 in fundraising matching. 
    * Gold Standard for Payroll Giving. 

    Our ‘Closer to You’ Select Broker grants programme distributed over £100,000 in £2,500 grants to charities close to our broker partners. We supported a wide range of causes – from beach cleaning to ‘chemo ducks’ for children suffering from leukaemia or cancer.  
  • Our people

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    We develop talent at all levels, encourage diversity and provide a positive and engaging working environment .  

    We foster an open and responsible culture 

    Our target culture underpins our behavioural models and is reinforced in induction and through our employee recognition scheme ‘Shout Out’. We celebrate our diversity, believe in ‘diversity every day’ and are challenging ourselves to improve our position.  

    We consider human rights risks to our business. This has led us to reaffirm our Living Wage status across our group and publish our Modern Slavery Act statement .  

    Doing the right thing 

    Some of our key achievements include:

    * retaining our Chartered Insurer status in the UK and Ireland – we are one of fewer than 30 insurers to achieve this in the UK   
    * launching a new General Insurance Academy to develop our talent  
    * retaining our title as one of the ‘Top Employers for Young People’ in Canada for the fifth year. 

    Committed to doing more 

    We’re proud to be one of the founding signatories to the Women in Finance Charter and have set ourselves the target of having a 45% female senior management and management group by 2020. We published our Gender Pay Gap Report ahead of the required deadline. 
  • Our environment

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    We aim to run our business in a responsible and sustainable way. 

    We manage our own impact on the environment through energy usage, waste and business travel. We also consider wider sustainability issues including climate change and ethical investment. 

    Environmental management 

    We believe managing and mitigating the direct impact of our business is an important consideration. We have approved an environmental management plan for premises managed by our UK facilities team. 

    Our carbon footprint 

    We audited our carbon footprint including our electricity usage which is now sourced from 76% renewable energy. We also monitor our fleet which achieved an average CO2 emission of 104g/km and continues to improve.  

    Fund carbon footprints 

    Our ethical investment business EdenTree was among the fund managers that have formalised our commitment to conduct carbon footprints for our funds by signing the Montreal pledge. All but one of our funds have reduced their carbon footprint and all of the funds are below the benchmark for their sector.  

    This approach continues to be an effective way to demonstrate our commitment to investment including below benchmark weighting in fossil fuels and ‘no oil sands or Arctic drilling’ stance. 

    Waste management 

    In our head office, we have a new waste management initiative in place. In the first month alone, we have increased cup recycling by a third and we will continue to track our progress.  

    Due to extra investment in recycling coffee grounds and glass in our London office, the building was recognised with a Gold Award with special commendation as part of the Clean City Awards Scheme. 

    You can discover more about our commitment to improving our environmental impact in our Ecclesiastical Annual Report and Accounts.

Creating an impact in our communities and changing lives 

We’ve always been proud of our commitment to communities, especially when we see the impact we have made. Take a look at examples of where we’ve made a difference for our charity partners .

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Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.