Our Environmental Policy

Through energy, climate, and water conservation programs and materials management, we are focused on the impact we have on the future health and well-being of the world around us.

To reduce risks and increase efficiencies, Anthem has a dedicated Environmental Sustainability Office (ESO) that oversees Anthem’s development, implementation, and reporting for all aspects of corporate environmental sustainability programs. The ESO has developed a comprehensive sustainability strategy focused on energy and climate, water, and materials management.

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Goal

Reduce scope I and II GHG emissions intensity by 30 percent by 2020 (2013 baseline)

Commitments

  • Achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for all new construction projects to ensure energy and water efficiency.
  • Benchmark all self-managed offices and data centers using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
  • Monitor, measure, and disclose GHG emissions via CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) annually.
  • Joined the Science Based Targets Initiative

Accomplishments

  • Reduction of our GHG footprint by 22 percent (over 30,000 metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of that emitted by 3,300 homes since baseline year 2013.
  • Becoming an ENERGY STAR® partner with over 4 million square feet of certified space (over 50 percent of the Anthem real estate portfolio).
  • Installation of electric-vehicle charging stations at our 10 largest offices.
  • Participation by over 35 percent of Anthem’s workforce in the Work@Home program, avoiding an estimated 90,000 metric tons of GHG annually.

View Anthem’s latest response to the requirements of the CDP.

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Goal

Reduce office water intensity by 30 percent by 2020 (2013 baseline).

Commitments

  • Monitor, measure, and disclose water use via CDP annually.

Accomplishments

  • A 34 percent reduction in water intensity and we have realized our 2020 goal.
  • Development of award-winning, drought tolerant Xeriscape projects in Southern California, saving more than 25 million gallons of water annually.
  • Becoming a Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge Partner.

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Goal

Achieve a corporate recycling rate of 65 percent by 2020.

Commitments

  • Use paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council in Anthem offices.
  • Obtain LEED certification for all new construction projects, maximize recycling, and use environmentally friendly fixtures and finishes.
  • Benchmark all self-managed offices and data centers using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
  • Shred and recycle 100 percent of confidential waste.

Accomplishments

  • A corporate recycling diversion rate of 55 percent in 2017.
  • Diversion of more than 60 tons of material from landfills each year through composting programs.
  • A Zero Waste program for one of our largest office locations, targeting 2018 for certification.
  • Completion of an enterprise wide paper benchmark identifying specific areas to reduce our 2 billion sheets per year footprint.