Being Sustainable

Our Claims organization piloted a new sustainable coffee program being introduced in our Claims locations nationwide in 2017.

For America Recycles Day, the Real Estate and Facility Services organizations held events throughout the week of November 14th 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, Sub Zero Mission and PAWS for recycling or charitable purposes.

Progressive’s Real Estate group donated office supplies and furniture to organizations suggested by employees through the Donation Station. In 2016, we gave away over $3,400 worth of items to three charitable organizations and schools in northeast Ohio. Since inception, we’ve given away over $26,200 worth of items to 19 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 814 computers, laptops and monitors to 24 schools and charitable organizations around the country in 2016 at an estimated value of more than $68,800. Since inception, the program has donated over 2,700 computers, laptops, and monitors to 75 schools and charitable organizations around the country at an estimated value of more than $315,000,000.

In 2016, we recycled 14,906 pounds of ink and toner cartridges and reused 5,253 pounds of ink and toner cartridges through UpCycle.

Our efforts to run an environmentally responsible business once again put us 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, where they choose to access policy documents online rather than receiving paper in the mail. In 2016, due to our efforts to encourage a paperless customer experience, we avoided mailing about 2.8 million pounds of paper.

Insuring a Better Future

In 2016, Progressive IT sponsored a week-long summer High School Coding Camp with Tech Corps, facilitated at Cleveland State University, where students from around Cleveland learned how to create and program an app. We are sponsoring two more camps in 2017.

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

Progressive employees in 17 states across the country participate annually in a school supply drive to benefit the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF). The collection was sponsored by the Young Professionals Network employee resource group. For the 2016 drive, more than 19,000 items were collected and donated to KINF.


Now in its 15th year, our Progressive Education Partnership Program continues to engage with high school students in northeast Ohio and our Colorado Springs locations to experience and practice the technology they learn in the classroom. In 2016, we helped students in these Ohio high schools: Cleveland Heights-University Heights High School, Euclid High School, Mayfield Consortium, Mentor High School, and engaged with students at the Auburn Career Center. We also helped at these Colorado high schools: Discovery Canyon High School, Falcon High School and Pine Creek High School.

Employees volunteered to judge in the 63rd Annual Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair where approximately 600 students from over 100 schools in the area set up their science fair displays to compete for prizes.

In 2016, our STEM Project team introduced two new high school Crash Courses: Pizza Pronto and Physics by Accident. Pizza Pronto puts students in a virtual driver’s seat. They compete in a retro, Web-based, driving game, delivering pizzas while demonstrating safe driving behaviors. They also learn about usage-based insurance. Students collaborate in teams to solve increasingly difficult algebra problems to earn tips for their team. Physics by Accident challenges students to examine a unique, real-life accident scenario from both a physics and insurance perspective. This interactive experience reinforces how the laws of physics play into an accident. And, it teaches how insurance can lessen an accident’s financial ramifications.


Helping Others

Members from the Progressive African American Network employee resource group in California, Florida and Ohio celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in their local communities by serving food to homeless, marching and volunteering at a school.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender plus Network employee resource group members, coworkers, friends and family participated in Pride Parades/Festivals in cities across the country, including Austin, Texas; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Tampa.

Employees at our Pasadena, California and Tamarac, Florida Service Centers hosted pet adoption events in 2016.


Bike MS takes place in several communities across the country annually, and in 2016 employees participated in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, and Michigan as well as Ohio. Overall, more than $18,000 was raised by our employees for research and support for those dealing with MS and their families.

In 2016, employees from 14 states collected almost 200 boxes of women's shoes and accessories for Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

In Winter 2016, The Military Network employee resource group held a Million Thanks holiday card campaign companywide for active and inactive members of military where almost 5,000 cards were collected and mailed.

Customer Relationship Management employees across the company, including Austin, Texas; Cleveland and Colorado Springs, Colorado held multiple fundraising activities for Keys to Progress, Progressive’s annual vehicle giveaway event for veterans. They raised over $15,000 and were able to present a $150 gift card to 105 vehicle recipients.

Oldsmar Service Center, Westshore and Riverview Claims offices held a car wash, pancake breakfast, internal garage sale, and penny wars, raising $11,000 for their 2016 Keys to Progress recipients.

Coon Rapids employees, raised $5,000 for their Keys to Progress recipients by paying to wear jeans at work, holding a pie in the manager's face contest, bean bag tournament, waffle bar and change jars.

Arlington, Texas employees had some fun fundraising for their local Keys to Progress veteran recipients in their annual Field Day event. Money was collected to see their favorite leader get dunked under a water bucket, collecting $600.

Over 60 employees, including Progressive's Latin American Networking Association employee resource members, attended Heart Walks in Florida and Ohio in 2016.


In May 2016, California hosted a month of pet-themed activities which included a pet supply drive collecting 2,300 items and $1,353 donated to local animal shelters and culminated in a pet adoption event.

Other 2016 community efforts included 18 employees spending 3 hours cleaning up Golden Gate Park and employees in Sacramento, California raising $450 for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. They have been getting together to walk in the race annually for several years.


19 employees walked in the 2017 St Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Colorado Springs for the 14th year, which is attended by 25,000 people annually.

The Asian American Network employee resource group organized a Colorado Springs site wide drive in 2016 that collected 45 new backpacks with hygiene items for foster children at Fostering Hope.


Progressive's Asian American Network employee resource group supported Progressive’s sponsorship of the 2016 Asia Fest, promoting our insurance products, showing our diversity and inclusion and how we are a great place to work.

For several years, Progressive has been a sponsor of The Tampa Black Heritage Festival to in support of the African American community.

Progressive was a sponsor of the 7th annual GR8 to DON8 8k/5k, a premier organ and tissue donation awareness event in East-Central Florida where our team of 29 members raised $1,486 for the cause.

Progressive sponsored the 2016 India Fest in Fort Myers with employees from the Progressive Asian American Network employee resource group hosting a booth and promoting Progressive as both an employer and insurer of choice for Asian-Americans.

Seven Orlando employees gathered to walk for March of Dimes in 2016 and helped raise $117. Employees also raised $800 through a bake sale to help support victims of the Orlando club shooting.


In coordination with Progressive's Latin American Networking Association, the company was a sponsor for the 4th year of Chicago's Mexican Independence Day Parade where 15 employees engaged while showing the Latino community that we care about involving our company in multicultural events.


The Crown Point Claims office raised $320 for a local basketball league supporting healthy hearts and the American Heart Association.

10 employees in Ft Wayne handed out food to over 700 families in 2 hours at Community Harvest food bank.


Kansas City Claims held a food drive in 2016, collecting 80 items and $1,300.


Twenty-two employees went to the Fisher House community at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda where they served BBQ for 60-90 guests and donated $1,440.


Employees in Detroit walked and held fundraisers for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), raising $2,220.


Progressive sponsored Somali Independence Day in Minneapolis, where 15 employees promoted diversity and intercultural appreciation.


The Claims department in Las Vegas provided lunch to 525 homeless at the Lied Dining Facility for Catholic Charities on a Saturday morning in 2016. Several employees also assisted in placing 2,996 flags at the Palm Mortuary for their 2016 Healing Field Service in remembrance of each life lost in the 9/11 attack.

In 2016, employees in Henderson, collected 12 pairs of sunglasses and 11 pairs of glasses that were donated to OneSight.org.


For a second year, 15 people from the Corporate Legal department volunteered at Citizen's Leadership Academy in Cleveland, working with students to get their outdoor learning spaces and gardens ready for winter.

Nine employees from the Customer Relationship Management group prepared and served dinner to families staying at the Cleveland Clinic and Rainbow Babies and Children's hospitals.

Fifty-two employees walked in the 2016 Walk, Rock and Run in Cleveland which helps support The Diversity Center's School and Youth Programming through Northeast Ohio.

For the last 10 years, employees have been walking in the Cleveland Walk for Hunger event benefiting the city’s soup kitchen and food pantries. In 2016, employees raised $1,436 for the cause.

For the 2016 Harvest for Hunger food drive for the Greater Cleveland Food bank, 2,167 pounds of food and $5,158 was collected and donated.

Employees in Highland Heights, collected 50 pounds of pull tabs in 2016 and turned them into Ronald McDonald House (RMH). The RMH works with a local recycler to turn those tabs into money for their Family Fund. This fund helps support the families that stay at RMH by providing meals and items for families, assistance in emergencies, and giving families special moments. Also, 11 IT employees provided and cooked lunch for 60+ Ronald McDonald House families.

Every year, around 100 IT volunteers work at 3-4 Cleveland charities for a few hours. In 2016, they volunteered at the Cleveland Foodbank, Euclid Shore Center, Bishop Cosgrove Center, and the Lake County Humane Society, with jobs ranging from cleaning, painting, hanging holiday decorations, winterizing the grounds, walking the dogs, playing with the cats, preparing lunches, and feeding a lot of people.

The Cleveland Personal Lines group organized a blanket/winter accessories drive for the homeless, collecting over 300 items.

In 2016, the Real Estate group in Cleveland constructed a back deck on a home for an Iraqi Veteran.

An Adopt-A-Family program has been organized by our Cleveland IT group for years and this year 55 families were adopted.


Progressive was a sponsor in the Junior League of Tuscaloosa’s 2016 Dragon Boat Race where 12 employees formed a team and raced 250 meters in an authentic 46-foot-long Hong Kong-style dragon boat. Funds raised at the event will be used to by the organization to continue promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the Tuscaloosa community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.


Twenty Austin employees provided water and aid to over 6,000 runners at the 2016 3M Half Marathon.

Twenty volunteers helped install a water saving garden with folks from Texas Permaculture, directing water back into a garden at Imagine Art, a space where artists of all abilities can make and exhibit their art.

Progressive volunteers supported Special Olympics Texas and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office through their Road Share ride. Volunteer opportunities ranged from setting up the event to supporting cyclists throughout the 60-mile course.

Austin members of Progressive’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender plus (LGBT+) Network participated in the 2016 Hill Country Ride for AIDS and held a bake sale for the event, raising $1,026.

A team of 9 employees helped serve dinner to the homeless at the San Antonio Haven for Hope volunteer kitchen in 2016.

Eighteen Progressive African American Network employee resource group members participated in the 2016 Greater Austin Juneteenth Emancipation Parade, passing out candy to children along the parade route in a Progressive vehicle.


Eleven employees from Hudson volunteered for Habitat for Humanity by building a retaining wall for a sustainable community in River Falls.