2014 Highlights

Being Sustainable

A team of Real Estate employees planted 21 trees and 44 bushes in a community area in Mayfield Village, Ohio.

A group of Information Technology employees built a fence and winterized the grounds at Shore Cultural Center in Euclid, Ohio.

A group of 42 employees built gardens for the residents of Marbridge Farms, an adult assisted living facility in South Austin, Texas, for people with mental challenges.

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Progressive’s Real Estate group donated office supplies and furniture to organizations suggested by employees through the Donation Station. We have given away $19,675 worth of items to 11 organizations 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.

Facilities piloted carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors at one of our Cleveland campuses to better manage the amount of outdoor air needed internally per OSHA requirements for air quality. The monitors help to reduce the amount of energy required to condition the air in the building.

For America Recycles Day in November, the Real Estate and Facility Services organizations held events at large Progressive locations to recycle new and gently worn shoes, cold-weather gear, crayons, household batteries, CDs/DVDs, cell phones, eyeglasses and more. Items collected were donated to local organizations for recycling or charitable purposes.

We continued to increase customer mobile engagement to reduce dependency on paper-based documentation. Offerings included digital legal ID cards, a checking account payment option and access to policy documents.

Progressive has donated more than 1,000 computers, laptops and monitors to 28 organizations (primarily schools) around the country at an estimated value of more than $170,000.

In 2014, we recycled 13,235 pounds of ink and toner cartridges through UpCycle (about half of which were able to be reused). This is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 1,798.65 gallons of gasoline consumed.

Where it could be done cost effectively, the Facilities group replaced older lighting technologies with new LED fixtures.

In the Cleveland training center, the Engineering team and the HVAC team reprogrammed HVAC controls to add sensors that determine heating/cooling needs based on room occupancy.

The Engineering team collaborated with the Tampa Facilities team to improve the chiller plant at one of our large offices in Tampa. Improvements saved 465,975 kWh of electricity in 2014.

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Insuring a Better Future

Our Colorado Springs, Colo. office sent seven employees to the Insurance Day at the Capitol.

Forty middle-school aged daughters of Progressive employees based in Ohio were introduced to computer programming 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, in partnership with HER Ideas in Motion, a Cleveland-based organization dedicated to helping girls achieve in technology and media arts.

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

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For a second year, we collaborated with Tech Corps, a non-profit organization, to run two after-school Techie Clubs. Twenty-one 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.

Progressive’s Compliance and Ethics department introduced a new instructional campaign for employees called Perspectives. They’re creating a series of short-but-memorable online videos that use humor and music to deliver serious compliance messages. Progressive continues to make the list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, so the training is working!

We highlighted a new educational website and mobile app called Duolingo as part of our Progress is GOOD Challenge, a combined effort between Progressive and the creative solutions website GOOD to showcase innovative people and tools. Duolingo is a revolutionary model that delivers a quality language-learning education at absolutely no cost to students around the world.

Progressive employees in 11 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 8,500 supplies were donated to KINF. Donated supplies included crayons, glue sticks, markers, pencils and pens.

Employees at several Ohio claims offices helped with the Greater Ohio chapter of Volunteers of America’s annual donation drive, Operation Backpack. Progressive employees collected 152 filled backpacks, which represented more than eight percent of the 1,830 backpacks gathered across the Greater Ohio region.

Progressive’s African American Network and Personal Lines business group piloted a leadership development program focused on leadership competencies, analytical skills, and cultural awareness. Twelve participants experienced the customized curriculum designed to enhance their existing skills and experiences and give them exposure to business areas, people and ideas they might not have otherwise encountered.

On Sept. 3, Progressive sponsored a Drive Safe Today Day campaign 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.

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Helping Others

In 2014, many employees were actively involved in representing Progressive in various community organizations. Examples of involvement include:

ARIZONA

A group of Phoenix, AZ employees rallied around a co-worker’s passion to support Mulligan's Manor, a home for GLBTQ youth that are no longer wanted in their families’ homes because of their preference. With fundraisers raising almost $10,000 and being selected as a Lowe's Hero Project, this home received some much needed remodeling and fixing up.

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CALIFORNIA

The Walnut Creek, CA claims office collected and bought a number of children's bicycles to donate to the Bikes for Tykes organization ran through the Contra Costa Firefighters. Enough was collected to purchase six bikes. Overall this organization donated 400 bikes to kids in the area.

A group of California employees volunteered to paint and restore the USS Midway, a treasured San Diego landmark. Employees did a card campaign to create and send customized cards to children dealing with life-threatening illnesses as part of the Send Kids The World effort.

COLORADO

Our Colorado Springs IT group did the Adopt-A-Family charitable activity for the winter holidays.

Employees held two food drive campaigns in Colorado Springs: Tri Lakes Cares (177 lbs. of food collected) and Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado (50 lbs. of food collected).

More than 30 employees volunteered 66 hours at the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado.

Sponsored a Progressive team (49 employees) in the Colorado Springs Walk to End Alzheimer's and raised $1,422 for the local chapter.

Colorado Springs employees collected 169 hoodies and jackets for Marion House homeless as part of Hoodies from the Heart.

As part of the Challenger League, 82 employees and family members volunteered 82 hours to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball.

Seven employees volunteered 28 hours and donated 160 gifts to Laurel Manor Senior Assisted Living.

Employees donated 120 toys for children of families in need as part of Toys for Tots. Six large boxes of food, treats, blankets, towels and toys were given to The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region for their “animal care wish list.”

Progressive sponsored or participated in the Pride Fest Parade and St. Patrick’s Day 5k and parade in Colorado Springs, Colo.

NEVADA

For the second year in a row, the Henderson, NV office collected gifts and donations for the local charity "The Shade Tree". This great organization provides shelter to women, children and their pets who are homeless and victims of domestic abuse. The office filled an entire car with gifts and donations, and made a monetary contribution of $400.

NEW JERSEY

A New Jersey House Counsel office started an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that soon encompassed managing attorneys and the Chief Legal Officer. They donated $235 to the ALS Foundation, helping to raise awareness and comradery within their organization.

NEW MEXICO

The New Mexico Claims office participated in a local “Adopt a Family” program this year. With everyone’s support they were able to help out a single mom with four kids with gifts for all, plus household items such as new blankets, towels, multiple kitchen utensils/items and cleaning supplies.

NEW YORK

Buffalo and Albany, New York offices again held pet adoption events helping to place more than a dozen dogs and cats into loving homes. Several New York offices also came together and held pet supply drives for the non-profit Bobbi and the Strays in Freeport, NY.

In combination with other New England states, New York celebrated Military Appreciation month by adopting a military unit, sending care packages overseas to a deployed employee, and holding a food drive to benefit The Liberty House, an organization that assists veterans.

OHIO

To raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 22 riders represented Progressive in the MS Pedal to the Point bike ride, raising close to $12,000 for the organization – some of which was eligible for a match through The Progressive Insurance Foundation.

Employees in Claims’ Central Support Services raised $4,200 to donate to two soldiers from Fort Knox, Kentucky. A small team drove the 400 miles to deliver the money personally to the soldiers and their families.

About 100 Information Technology employees spent an entire day volunteering for a variety of charities. Some volunteers helped out at a local animal shelter. Others processed school supply donation for Kids in Need, an organization for local schools with minimal funds for supplies. Fifteen employees sorted and organized gently used clothing for a local organization in a converted bus garage that now serves as a free consignment store for those in need.

An annual winter holiday tradition for our Information Technology Progressive family, we adopted 55 families from the Cleveland area. For the 2014 holiday season, we helped 200 people (over half were children) and collected more than $38,000 to make the holidays brighter in our local communities.

OREGON

A group of Portland claims employees volunteered to make meals on a rotating basis for a local Ronald McDonald House.

TEXAS

A group of 15 volunteers in Austin helped out at Austin Pets Alive! (APA), a no-kill shelter. They cleaned and disinfected water and toys, cared for animals and more.

Other community service activities included helping a local non-profit organization install an organic food garden; collecting, delivering and sorting food for the Capital Area Food Bank; supporting a local Ronald McDonald House and Coats for Kids drive; and participating in a Step Out for Diabetes walk.

WASHINGTON

Washington's Employee Resource Groups worked collaboratively to help support two amazing organizations in December: Toys for Tots and St. Vincent DePaul of Seattle. Claims branches and Service Centers across the state collected 200+ toys and over 250 pounds of food to support both organizations.

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