2015 Highlights

Being Sustainable

In our Service Centers across the country, we introduced a process for recycling the paper and plastic materials we use to prepare vehicles for customer pick up. Based on customer feedback, this effort was viewed positively by customers and added value to their overall experience.

For America Recycles Day, our Real Estate and Facility Services organizations held events throughout the week of November 15th at large Progressive locations to recycle new and gently worn shoes, cold-weather gear, crayons, household batteries, CDs/DVDs, cell phones and animal bedding. Items collected were donated to local organizations like Battery Solutions, Soles4Souls, Sub Zero Mission and PAWS for recycling or charitable purposes.

In January, we organized a week-long collection of unused Progressive-owned computers and related equipment as part of a massive e-cycling effort. We encouraged employees to clear these items from their work space. A total of 5,020 pounds of items were collected, which were sent to Arrow, our recycling vendor, for recycling or to be appropriately re-purposed.

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Progressive’s Real Estate group donated office supplies and furniture to organizations suggested by employees through the Donation Station. In 2015, we gave away over $5,100 worth of items to six charitable organizations and schools in northeast Ohio. Since inception, we’ve given away more than $25,500 worth of items to 15 charitable organizations and schools in northeast Ohio.

For Environmental Awareness Week in April, employees participated in educational activities around the company to learn ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle and help make a difference in the environment and our communities.

Progressive donated 899 computers, laptops and monitors to 23 schools and charitable organizations around the country in 2015 at an estimated value of more than $92,000. Since inception, the program has donated more than 2,100 computers, laptops and monitors to 49 schools and charitable organizations around the country at an estimated value of more than $260,000.

In 2015, we recycled 12,590 pounds of ink and toner cartridges and reused 5,621 pounds of ink and toner cartridges through UpCycle.

Progressive’s Real Estate members donated their design skills to redesign the studio at Art Therapy Studio, the oldest creative art therapy program of its kind in the country. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for those with emotional, cognitive or physical challenges through the therapeutic use of art.

Our efforts to run an environmentally responsible business put us, once again, in Newsweek’s Green Rankings. The popular online magazine ranked us among the best of the U.S.’s largest companies based on our corporate sustainability and impact on the environment.

We continue to encourage customers to go paperless by choosing to access policy documents online rather than receiving paper in the mail. In 2015, we avoided mailing 41.1 million pounds of paper thanks to customers making this choice.

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Insuring a Better Future

In Ohio and Colorado, 100 middle-school aged daughters of Progressive employees learned about computer programming, network routing, building a desktop machine and high-tech jobs of today and tomorrow at a special day of hands-on activities presented by Progressive’s Network of Empowered Women (NEW) employee resource group.

Progressive representatives were featured presenters at Cleveland State University’s STEM Teacher Workshop, held in June.

For a third year, we collaborated with Tech Corps, a non-profit organization, to run two after-school Techie Clubs. Over 20 Information Technology volunteers served on volunteer teams who met weekly to teach approximately 40 students about computer programming, Web development, hardware, software, Internet, social media, and robotics and technology careers.

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Progressive IT also sponsored a week-long summer High School Coding Camp with Tech Corps, facilitated at Cleveland State University, where 20 students from around Cleveland learned how to create and program apps.

In early 2016, Progressive’s Compliance and Ethics department introduced a new site for employees called ‘Courage at Our Core’, which provides thought-provoking content that encourages an ethical culture.

Progressive employees in 35 cities across the country participated in a school supply drive to benefit the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF). It was sponsored by two Progressive employee organizations—the Young Professionals Network and the Analyst Professional Group. More than 18,000 supplies were donated to KINF.

Progressive employees in Austin, Texas, collected over 2,100 school supplies for Del Valle Independent School District.

On Sept. 3rd, Progressive sponsored a Drive Safe Today Day campaign for the second year in a row to promote safer driving. The campaign elements educated consumers on new guidelines that instruct people to put their hands on the wheel at the 9 and 3 positions when driving rather than the traditional 10 and 2 positions.

Now in its 14th year, our Information Technology organization’s Progressive Educational Partnership Program invites high school students in our northeast Ohio and Colorado Springs, Colo. locations to attend resume and mock interviewing sessions and experience and practice the technology they learn in the classroom. In 2015, we helped Ohio-based students in Cleveland Heights-University Heights High School, Euclid High School, Mayfield Consortium, Mentor High School, and the Auburn Career Center. We also engaged with these Colorado high schools: Discovery Canyon High School, Falcon High School and Pine Creek High School.

Progressive employees in Phoenix, Arizona, collected 656 school supplies and other items for a local school for homeless children.

Our newest employee resource group, Parent Connection, was formed to create awareness of the constant changes that impact our customers’ and employees’ families.

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Helping Others

Over 7,600 pairs of shoes were collected by employees across these 18 states for Soles4Souls: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

Employees from our Progressive African American Network (PAAN) employee resource group participated in American Diabetes Association walks in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Texas and Washington.

Our Young Professionals (YP.net) employee resource group and Analyst Professional Group coordinated an effort to collect 18,171 school supplies for the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) across these 18 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

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Our Network of Empowered Women (NEW) employee resource group collected approximately 200 boxes of business attire and accessories for Dress for Success across these 15 states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington.

ARIZONA

Employees in Phoenix, AZ collected 656 school supplies and other items for a local school for homeless children.

CALIFORNIA

For the fifth year, California employees continued the fight against hunger, collectively donating 47,500 lbs. of food to their communities in need.

LGBT+ employee resource group members, employees, friends and family participated in Pride Parades/Festivals and AIDS Walks in San Francisco.

COLORADO

Employees have been walking in the Colorado Springs, Colo. St. Patrick's Day Parade for 12 consecutive years, which is attended by an estimated 25,000 people.

LGBT+ employee resource group members, employees, friends and family participated in Pride Parades/Festivals and AIDS Walks in Denver and Colorado Springs.

The Denver, Colo. Claims organization celebrated Gay Pride Month by participating in the 2015 Gay Pride event.

FLORIDA

Members of our Tampa Real Estate group worked at A Kid's Place, a home for abused and neglected children. The 13-person team held a picnic for 60 children, house parents and staff, painted the community house cafeteria, power-washed several patios, cleaned, buffed and waxed fiberglass playground equipment, painted picnic tables and sorted donated clothing.

Progressive was a sponsor of the 6th annual GR8 to DON8 8k/5k, a premier organ and tissue donation awareness event in east-central Florida where our team of 48 members raised $5,112, making them the top fundraising team.

Tampa employees coordinated another year of involvement in The Tampa Black Heritage Festival to create visibility in the African American community, building brand awareness and assisting in the recruitment of diverse applicants.

Progressive sponsored the Asia Fest in Florida with partnership from Progressive's Asian American Network employee resource group, promoting our insurance products, showing our diversity and inclusion and sharing how we are a great place to work.

LGBT+ employee resource group members, employees, friends and family participated in Pride Parades/Festivals and AIDS Walks in Jacksonville.

ILLINOIS

For the third year, the PLANetA employee resource group coordinated participation in the Mexican Independence Day Parade in Chicago, where employees handed out candy and promotional items.

KANSAS

Donors from the Kansas City Service Center donated 19 pints of blood to the Community Blood Center.

The Kansas City Service Center donated two salvage vehicles for rescue training to the Conway Springs Fire Department.

KENTUCKY

LGBT+ employee resource group members, employees, friends and family participated in Pride Parades/Festivals and AIDS Walks in Louisville.

OHIO

LGBT+ employee resource group members, employees, friends and family participated in Pride Parades/Festivals and AIDS Walks in Cleveland.

A group of 23 employees from the Corporate Legal Department volunteered their time at Citizens Leadership Academy, a middle school that opened in 2011 and is one of several Breakthrough schools in Cleveland. Assisted by 15 students, they winterized the outdoor vegetable garden and created a museum that would display the students’ art and initiatives.

More than 50 Corporate Quality and Customer Operations Group team members volunteered at the Cleveland Sight Center's Highbrook Lodge, completing a variety of tasks ranging from painting, sealing, and power washing to gutter cleaning and mattress moving.

Employees from Corporate helped the Hunger Task Force man a water station for the Cleveland Marathon, helping to cheer on runners and keep them hydrated.

Cleveland Personal Lines donated around 400 baked potatoes with various toppings to three separate organizations including Project Hope (Lake County Homeless Shelter), Salvation Army, and Helping Hands. On a separate occasion, they also donated extra food from a year-end event to Project Hope. Both nights, the shelter did not have enough food donations to feed the people.

About 1,500 items and $3,500 were donated for Harvest for Hunger by employees in the Cleveland area.

TEXAS

Austin, Tex. employees donated more than 70 hours of time to work an aid station for the Austin 3M Half Marathon. Donning Progressive aprons, the team provided nutrition and water to over 6,000+ runners.

In partnership with the Travis County Sheriff’s office, the Austin, Tex. Apron team decorated the Austin Children’s Shelter and collected Halloween costumes and over 150 lbs of candy for the Halloween bash event.

Austin, Tex. Apron team members collected over 2,100 school supplies for Del Valle Independent School District.

LGBT+ employee resource group members, employees, friends and family participated in Pride Parades/Festivals and AIDS Walks in Austin and Houston.

The Austin, Tex. Apron team helped to install new garden beds, update existing gardens beds and plant vegetables at a local school.

The Austin, Tex. Apron team donated 30 combined hours of service cleaning, doing laundry, and setting up treats at the Austin Pets Alive animal shelter designed to save animals at risk for euthanasia.

Twelve Progressive employees from the Lubbock, Texas Claims Office partnered with the Food 2 Kids program to pack food for 2,000 local children in need. Food 2 Kids provides nutritious food and snacks for children to take home.

The Austin, Tex. Apron team raised $1,285 for Relay for Life.

The Austin, Tex. Apron team donated two SUVs full of donations to various community centers as part of the Central Texas Flood Drive.

Austin call center leaders donated approximately 50 hours of team building and volunteer time to clean the UMLAUF Sculpture Gardens.

WASHINGTON

LGBT+ employee resource group members, employees, friends and family participated in Pride Parades/Festivals and AIDS Walks in Seattle and Spokane.

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