We believe that corporate responsibility is most effective when it is fully integrated into the operations of the entire company. To that end, we continue to develop and augment tools and resources that educate employees about corporate responsibility-related practices and how corporate responsibility can impact their specific roles and improve outcomes. We actively participate in industry committees and studies to both assist us in developing our internal strategy and promote advancement of the industry. For example, we contributed to two leading initiatives; one specific to the financial sector and one specific to corporate philanthropy.
Principles for Responsible Investment
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. The six Principles are a voluntary and aspirational set of investment principles that offer possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment practice.
The Principles were developed by investors, for investors. In implementing them, signatories contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system. PRI is an investor initiative in partnership with UNEP Finance and the UN Global Compact. Voya Investment Management, a Voya Financial ongoing business, is a signatory to PRI. For more information about Voya Investment Management's ESG Program, please see our ESG Investment page.
CDP (formerly, Carbon Disclosure Project)
CDP is a not-for-profit organization that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. The system that has resulted in widespread global engagement on environmental issues. Voya Investment Management, a Voya Financial ongoing business, is a signatory to CDP.
Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP)
Voya Financial has been an active member of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) since 2007. A coalition of CEOs united in the belief that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance, CECP is committed to the vision of its founder, Paul Newman, who understood that corporations could be a force for good in society. Additionally, an individual from the Voya Office of Corporate Responsibility is a member of the CECP Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Board. More details about this coalition of CEOs are available on the CECP website.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an international, independent organization that helps companies, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues. GRI provides the world’s most widely used standards on corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting and disclosure, enabling businesses, governments, civil society and citizens to make better decisions based on information that matters. In 2016, Voya joined the GRI GOLD Community Standards Pioneers Program for companies at the forefront of corporate responsibility reporting. Voya has committed to being one of the first one hundred organizations to adopt the GRI Standards issued in November 2016.
London Benchmarking Group (LBG)/Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP)
The London Benchmarking Group (LBG) and the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP), whose missions focus on supporting the profession of corporate community involvement, developed a pilot program to bring the LBG framework to U.S. companies. Voya Financial participated in an 18-month program to assess the LBG model, a method that enables companies to measure community contributions and analyze results, in the U.S. For more information, visit ACCP's The Measurement Academy website.
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
In 2012, Voya Financial joined the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Financial Sector Working Group, participating in a comprehensive member survey. SASB, a non-profit organization engaged in the development of industry sustainability (i.e. corporate responsibility) accounting standards, embarked on a process to explore material sustainability issues — those societal and environmental challenges that pose specific risks or opportunities — facing the financial sector. Members’ responses were used to create sustainability accounting standards suitable for disclosure in standard corporate filings such as Form 10K. The project aimed to create a guide for financial services firms in prioritizing sustainability risks, opportunities and performance management. Reports and more details about this initiative are available on the SASB Website.