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Sustainable Business Network Member Highlight: CUNA Mutual Group

Posted: 2:53PM April 4th, 2016 | Comments


Sustain Dane is proud to share this member highlight about CUNA Mutual Group, a recipient of the Ethisphere Institute's 2016 World's Most Ethical Company recognition. This is the third time in the last four years that CUNA has been recognized with this honor. CUNA's commitment to ethical and sustainable practices has proved time and time again that corporate social responsibility is the right move for businesses. CUNA Mutual Group has been a member of the Sustainable Business Network since 2013, after participating in the MPower Champion Program in 2012 and 2013. 

During their first year in the MPower Champion Program, the Green Team at CUNA worked on implementing five projects: 

  • Intranet Site Development
  • Increase Employee Awareness
  • Supply Chain Influence
  • Green Transit Month
  • Employee Garden

The team was unable to get the plans for an Employee Garden approved within the organization. Luckily, CUNA Mutual Group returned to MPower the following year to build on the progress they made. The Green Team proved how environmental sustainability aligned with CUNA's existing ethical values. With their momentum, CUNA successfully implemented eight projects, including the addition of employee gardens to the CUNA Mutual Group headquarter's campus. The other projects they implemented include:

  • Electronics Drive
  • Earth Week
  • Ethics Week
  • BCI (Continual Improvement)
  • Cafeteria Composting
  • Green Transit Month

Since their time as members of MPower, CUNA has been a Sustainable Business Network member, and they have been two-time corporate sponsors of te MPower program in 2014 and 2015. 

The impetus for CUNA Mutual Group receiving this award stems from their dedication to ethics in all aspects of the company. Uphold Integrity and Promote Inclusion  are two of the core values at CUNA Mutual Group where they help people "protect, invest, and plan for the future - regardless of their financial standing". Ethical practices are inherent in the culture at CUNA and it ahs been imperative to their success and recognition by the Ethisphere Institute. "Building a strong culture of ethics, compliance practices, and by the Ethisphere Institute. "Building a strong culture of ethics, compliance practices, and corporate social responsibility is vitally important to our company. We will continue to make certain our business decisions are always in the best interest of our customers, employees, communities, and the environment," said Robert N. Trunzo, President and CEO, CUNA Mutual Group. 

Ethics is an important value to have in the Financial Services industry, but it can be easier said than done; only six companies in the industry were recognized for this award. CUNA has figured out how to make ethics a priority in every level of the company. Timothy Erblich, the CEO o Ethisphere Institute said "Operating in an industry where trust is everything, CUNA Mutual Group has put in place processes to protect that trust". #bigShighfive to CUNA for making the environment and equity a part of their ethical values!

Congratulations CUNA Mutual Group, and keep up the good work!


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