Environmental Policy & Commitments

Anthem’s company-wide environmental policy, strategy and goals are overseen by the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors. The Sustainability Council, led by Anthem’s director of sustainability, is responsible for establishing our strategy and reporting on environmental sustainability initiatives. Our leadership endorses this policy. Anthem is committed to continually decreasing the environmental impact of our operations and business activities.

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Long-Term Goals

  • Reduce our scope I and II greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 30% by 2020 (2013 baseline).
  • Reduce our office water intensity by 30% by 2020 (2013 baseline).
  • Source 100% renewable energy by 2025.

Approach

Energy Use. Reduce our energy use through efficiency initiatives, including LED lighting retrofits, advanced HVAC controls and data-center optimization. Continuously track and benchmark all self-managed offices and data centers in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.

Water Use. Reduce our water use through efficiency initiatives, including Xeriscape, ultra-low-flow restroom retrofits and data-center humidification technologies. Continuously track all self-managed offices and data centers in Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

Waste Management. Promote waste-management best practices across our sites to maximize diversion from landfill/incineration and reduce overall waste. Leverage paperless technology for member communications. Continuously track all self-managed offices and data centers in Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

Healthy, Sustainable Workplaces. Ensure certified healthy, sustainable workplaces for all major renovations and new construction at Anthem. Leverage the LEED, Fitwel and Energy Star certification programs for self-managed offices larger than 50K square feet.

Alternative Transportation. Reduce our greenhouse gas footprint by promoting the use of low-carbon modes of commuting (ride sharing, public transportation and biking) by our associates. Provide electric-vehicle charging stations at all major office locations.

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Approach

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Criteria. Survey, score and benchmark strategic supply-chain partners for ESG performance. Engage with partners scoring below average to promote continuous improvement.

Paper Stewardship. Focus on source-reduction opportunities via paperless technology initiatives and employee, provider and consumer engagement strategies. Require major paper suppliers to document the sustainability of fiber sources and production techniques through credible, independent third-party certification programs.

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Approach

As part of our environmental policy and commitments, Anthem supports the following initiatives: