The UN's Sustainable Development Goals

We have a responsibility to help achieve the aims of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We can help end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. The SDGs guide us, our customers, our employees and society towards a brighter, sustainable future. We have analysed which SDGs we can focus on that align closely with our strategic priorities.

  • Our sustainable devlopment goals film
  • Our 2017 focus was on health and wellbeing, decent work and economic growth and sustainable cities and communities.

    SDG number 3: Good health and wellbeing

    Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all – at all ages.

    What we have achieved

    • Cancer Research UK created a new model of early cancer prevention and diagnosis in NHS GP surgeries that has taught our life insurance business about early detection, leading to better survival rates for cancer.

    • Our employee wellbeing programme has a strong focus on mental health, offering advice and support with designated mental health first aiders.

    SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

    What we have achieved

    • All employees and sub-contractors earn (as a minimum) the living wage set by the Living Wage Foundation.

    • Each division has developed bespoke training above and beyond the basic computer-based training on vulnerable customers.

    SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

    Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

    What we have achieved

    • Investment in the regeneration of Cardiff Central Square in Wales has created a positive social impact and seen us employ 2,000 people in the city.

    • We have helped towards building the world’s largest offshore wind farm – providing enough power for more than 590,000 homes.

    We will continue to work with stakeholders and collaborative networks to check that we are actively contributing to the right areas of the SDGs through our yearly materiality process.

    How the UN's SDGs align with our business and CSR strategy