Voya Financial’s corporate responsibility mission is to create shared value for our company and the community by conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible. The robust corporate responsibility work of Voya is focused around four pillars: 1) community investment; 2) multicultural affairs; 3) environmental sustainability; and 4) business practices and principles. Through its work within these pillars, Voya ensures shared value by aligning corporate responsibility with its corporate objectives.
Voya is committed to the following:
- Awarding grants through the Voya Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Voya.
- Supporting employee volunteerism by offering Voya employees paid time off to volunteer locally.
- Contributing matching gifts to organizations supported by Voya employees.
- Placing Voya leaders on non-profit boards of directors and in other strategic roles.
- Maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and respecting human rights.
- Decreasing the company’s operational impact on the environment.
- Operating under the auspices of strong corporate values and adhering to a closely held code of conduct.
Voya maximizes its community impact by aligning charitable giving and partnership efforts with the core financial skills of its employees and by concentrating resources on helping to promote sustainable communities. Through carefully-designed signature philanthropy programs, the company is addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues — financial illiteracy and accessibility to quality children’s education. Signature programs include:
- Voya Unsung Heroes
- Voya-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge
- National Teacher of the Year
National Teacher of the Year
The mission of the National Teacher of the Year Program is to recognize and honor the contributions of the American classroom teacher—the backbone of our nation’s educational system. The program, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers, is the oldest and most prestigious awards program to focus public attention on excellence in teaching. Voya Financial has been supporting National Teacher of the Year since 2005. With a student dropping out of school every 26 seconds, Voya Financial believes we must do all we can do to empower children, teachers and administrators.
Voya Unsung Heroes
Voya Unsung Heroes demonstrates Voya Financial’s commitment to the education community. Begun in 1995, grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning.
Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its:
- Innovative method
- Ability to positively influence the students
For more than 15 years, and with nearly $4 million in awarded grants, Voya Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program's "alumni" have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students.
Voya-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge
Launched in 2009, the Voya-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge is a partnership between the Voya Foundation and Girls Inc. that gives participating girls practical, hands-on investing experience while allowing them to keep their gains in the form of college scholarships. With the help and guidance of trained Girls Inc. staff and Voya employee volunteers, teams of girls ages 12-18 build and manage diversified, real-time portfolios as part of an integrated investment- and economic-literacy curriculum.