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 strives to decrease the environmental impact of its operations and business activities by addressing two main categories—direct impact and value chain impact.
Direct Energy & Environmental Impact
Medium & Long-Term Goals
- Reduce scope I and II greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 46 percent* by 2030 (2019 baseline).
- Procure 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025.
Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting. Remain committed to an annual GHG accounting practice with third-party assurance in accordance with the ISO14064-3 standard. Results are reported through the CDP.
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.
Renewable Energy. Procure renewable energy for all our offices through power-purchase agreements or onsite installations. We are committed to the global corporate renewable-energy initiative know as RE100, with a goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.
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, dispose of our waste responsibly and reduce overall waste. These practices include our efforts to:
- Leverage paperless technology for member communications and set printers to two-sided printing as the default.
- Continuously track all self-managed offices and data centers in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.
- Partner with an electronic waste hauler that follows internationally recognized responsible disposal practices with strong chains of custody, including e-Stewards and WEEELABEX.
- Offer commercial composting in major offices where hauler services are available.
Company-Owned Vehicles. Improve the average fuel efficiency, in miles per gallon, of company-owned vehicles by 5 percent year-over-year from a 2019 baseline. Replace vehicles at the end of their useful lives with more-efficient models, including hybrids and electric vehicles where feasible. Continue to improve and assess our policy as market efficiency standards progress.
Reduced Business Travel. Offer sophisticated and reliable video technology to encourage virtual meetings rather than those that involve travel. Maintain a strict travel-approval policy based on business necessity.
Alternative Associate Commuting. Reduce our GHG footprint by promoting the use of low-carbon modes of commuting (ride sharing, public transportation, biking) by our associates. Provide electric-vehicle charging stations at all major self-managed office locations.
Healthy, Sustainable Workplaces. Employ strategies in the design and operation of offices that promote the well-being of those who work in the buildings. Strategies include promoting the use of stairs; access to fitness programs and equipment; healthy eating options in cafeterias and vending machines; and indoor air-quality testing.
Certified Buildings. 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.
Climate Risk. In 2020, we publicly disclosed our climate-related risks and opportunities through our annual response to the CDP Climate Change questionnaire. We are now exploring approaches to further advance our scenario analysis and integrate climate-related risks and opportunities into our business strategy, financial planning and enterprise risk-management processes to align with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TFCD) recommendations. We will share our progress on this journey through our 2021 CDP Climate Change response.
Value Chain Impact
Medium & Long-Term Goal
Engage with strategic suppliers on setting their own scope I and II science-based GHG emissions-reduction targets by 2023.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Criteria. Survey, assess and engage with strategic supply-chain partners for ESG performance. Engage with partners that are misaligned with our ESG values to promote continuous improvement.
Paper Stewardship. Focus on source-reduction opportunities via paperless technology initiatives and strategies that engage associates, providers and consumers. Require major paper suppliers to document the sustainability of fiber sources and production techniques through credible, independent third-party certification programs.
For more information on our responsible value chain efforts, visit our Supply Chain Management page.
*In alignment with a pathway to limit warming to 1.5°C