Industry Sector: Financials
NEWSWEEK Green Score: 71.7%
Environmental Impact: 77.6%
Environmental Management: 68.2%
Transparency & Disclosure: 60.5%
The insurance company officially recognized the existence of climate change in 2007, and has made serious environmental efforts since then. In 2009, the company reduced (PDF) its overall square footage by 9 percent, which cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by approximately 9 percent. The company also replaced its 2,000-car fleet with vehicles that have four-cylinder engines, which increases fuel efficiency to 26.5 miles per gallon. Hartford also has a flexible work program, which cuts down on commuting—more than 4,000 employees work remotely full time. The company’s paper-recycling program has saved 24 million kWh of electricity. For its customers, the company offers a hybrid-vehicle discount and its Green Choice program allows customers to upgrade to green initiatives after a loss.