At PG Mutual, we have been protecting our members for over 90 years and have a long tradition of being a socially responsible company. It is at the heart of what we do, and we’re continuously striving to implement and improve our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices and incorporate these initiatives and activities into our daily operations in a responsible and sustainable way to drive the future of our organisation.
Alongside this, we are fully committed to supporting our local and national communities, our staff, as well as protecting our environment whenever we can.
We’re proud of our 2022 CSR achievements; here’s a snapshot of what we have been doing throughout the year!
The votes have been tallied and the four winning charities for this year’s Annual Charity Awards are:
Thank you to all who voted! We are pleased to provide a £1,000 donation to each of these outstanding charities, selected by you.
Seeing pictures of guide dog puppies melted all our hearts this year and so we jumped at the opportunity to join their ‘Name a Puppy’ scheme. Our chosen name of ‘Sandy’ was picked when she joined the Guide Dog family on 17th September 2022!
Sandy is now happily settled with her ‘Puppy Raiser’ and taking her first steps to becoming a fully trained guide dog!
We are delighted to be part of the opportunity to give a guide dog puppy something truly unique: their name.
At PG Mutual we are still moving towards one day being a carbon neutral company. To help achieve this, we regularly review our energy supplier to ensure they have a strict renewable energy policy. We also now use both sustainably sourced and 100% recycled paper for all our postal communications.
In the last four years, our Head Office lighting has become 85% more efficient as we now use LED lighting in all our offices.
We are always looking at ways we can reduce our environmental impact by increasing our initiatives and use recycled materials purchased from responsible companies wherever possible.
When our staff started working from home in March 2020, we set about tracking the carbon we were saving as an organisation by scrapping the daily commute to work. To date, we have saved over 116 tonnes of CO2! Our new hybrid working policy will still enable us to keep saving carbon throughout 2022.
We are pleased to say that our postal communications use both sustainably sourced and 100% recycled paper. But we want to do better. Our newly updated Member Area now gives our policyholders the option to make a small difference to the environment by requesting less postal communication and receiving and sharing important information electronically.
Visit the Member Area for details of how to update your communication preferences.
Throughout 2022 we have continued to support our ‘plant a tree’ scheme by donating to the Woodland Trust and Queen’s Green Canopy for each new qualifying member. We know that trees are the ultimate carbon capture and storage machines and the more trees we plant the more C02 will be removed from the air as part of the carbon cycle, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.
So far in 2022, we have donated £1,450 to the Woodland Trust and remain committed to supporting their work to help fight the environmental impact of climate change and protect the woods and forests throughout the UK.
As part of our ‘Plant a Tree’ scheme for new members joining between January – March 2022, and to celebrate Her Majesty's Jubilee, we have donated £550 to the Queen’s Green Canopy which will go towards purchasing trees in cities and schools.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is raising money to ensure that trees are planted in deprived urban areas and schools. This will help improve the quality of life in our communities by giving access to green spaces and all the benefits these bring.
We are always looking at ways to further support our members with additional member benefits as part of their membership, as well as investing in our staff so they can achieve their full potential.
As a mutual, we appreciate that it is not only important to protect your income but also to help support our members’ lifestyle and wellbeing in a truly holistic way.
That’s why we offer additional supports at no extra cost to our members by providing access to services such as free health assessment, a GP24 service and Member Wellbeing Counselling services.
We know how important our employees are, so we actively encourage our employees to engage and take accountability in their roles. That’s why we offer competitive rewards, training and health & wellbeing support and advice to all our employees.
We value our staff feedback which has resulted in our continued high level of service to our members.