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Giving Guide 2018

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8 Giving Guide 2018 Worcester Business Journal www.wbjournal.com Nonprof it Status 2018 (continued) O ne of the largest insurance businesses in the country, The Hanover Insurance Group has been delivering exceptional insurance solutions for more than 165 years. Importantly, the company also began a legacy of giving in 1855 when it donated to the New York City Widows and Orphans Fund. Through the years that spirit of giving has flourished and become an integral part of the company culture. "We have a rich history of community involvement, partnering with our employ- ees, community leaders, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and others to make a meaningful difference," said Jack Roche, president and CEO. "Our company and our employees have extraordinarily strong connections to the communities where we live and work, and together we are committed to helping make those communi- ties healthier, stronger and more vibrant." The Hanover embraces a three-pronged approach to its corporate responsibilities: a focus on the environment, social responsibility and its corporate governance. Among many environmental initiatives, the company has implemented several ener- gy conservation practices, from using 100 percent wind power for electricity to providing charging stations for electric cars. Invested in its employees, The Hanover culture values diversity and inclusion, and firmly believes in employee engagement and development. Employee input and feedback helped refine the company's vision statement earlier this year. Governance at The Hanover demands compliance to a strict code of conduct for all employees, directors and officers and also fosters commitment to honest business practices and accountability. While The Hanover brand can be found across the country, its dedication to the local community is impressive. Roche noted that there has been important progress in Worcester over the last several years, and The Hanover is proud to help drive the momentum, positioning Worcester for an even brighter future. "We support a wide range of causes and organizations, placing a special emphasis on youth and education, ensuring that our community is meeting basic needs and providing our youth with a strong education, while helping to make Worcester a place where people want to live, work, and visit," said Roche. "For example, we work closely with Worcester Public Schools to ensure our students have the advantage of a strong, well-rounded education. We support programs that encourage students to enjoy learning, inspiring them to set and achieve ambitious goals, in school and beyond, and helping them to achieve their potential." The Hanover also has a long history of working closely with the United Way. Roche said, "The United Way is an important force, addressing many of the critical issues that exist in our community." The Hanover's corporate culture has earned the company industry kudos. Forbes magazine has recognized the company as one of America's Best Employers in each of the last four years. In 2018, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation awarded the company a score of 100 out of 100 on its Corporate Equality Index. In 2017, The Hanover received the Safe Homes People of Courage Corporate Award. The Hanover understands that giving back benefits all involved. "As a leading property and casualty company, our business is all about providing peace of mind and being there when we're needed most," Roche said. "Our approach to community involvement and service reflects those same ideals. When a company and its employ- ees come together and collaborate with others in the community to help people in need, everybody wins." n THE HANOVER INSURANCE GROUP Embracing Environmental, Social and Corporate Responsibility WE'VE BEEN HELPING NON-PROFITS WITH THEIR RETIREMENT PLANS FOR OVER 60 YEARS hhconsultants.com For advertising information contact: Mark Murray, Associate Publisher 508.755.8005 x227 mmurray@wbjournal.com www.wbjournal.com Worcester Business Journal WBJ The Worcester Business Journal Central Massachusetts' Source for Business News

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