While sustainability is a year-round commitment at Assurant, Earth Day always presents an opportunity to pause and reflect on what we do and why we do it. Each year we deepen the connections between our business and environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments, aligning with our purpose to help people thrive in a connected world. Our purpose links our business and sustainability goals to our fundamental commitment to help others adapt and grow in a responsible way.
Our commitment to broad sustainability, including responsible environmental practices, can be seen in recent actions and recognitions. We continue to offer EV One Protection, our electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid vehicle-specific protection product, to more markets globally. Currently, it’s available in 12 countries worldwide. The development and growth of EV One Protection reflects Assurant’s ability to take a leading role in supporting the growing EV market globally as consumers look to minimize their carbon footprint.
We also enhanced our position as the global leader in mobile device trade-in programs, repurposing 16.9 million devices in 2021, including 1.9 million devices sent for recycling that resulted in the recovery of 66,500 pounds of copper, 1,467 pounds of silver, 143 pounds of gold and 63 pounds of palladium. The impact of our efforts is one of the reasons why Deutsche Telekom awarded Assurant its #GreenMagenta label, which recognizes products and services that make a positive climate contribution and reflect a responsible use of resources. Click here to get our 2022 Earth Day infographic.
To provide further insight into the connections between our business and sustainability, we plan to publish our first Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) aligned index as part of our next annual Sustainability Report. The SASB index provides a platform used to externally disclose metrics and measurements related to ESG and sustainability issues that are most relevant to the financial performance of organizations in many industries. Once published, our SASB Index will demonstrate the active role we are taking to continue maturing Assurant’s ESG and sustainability disclosure programs, which provide increased ESG transparency for stakeholders.
Whether it’s Earth Day or any other day, Assurant continues to drive toward building a more sustainable future for all our stakeholders. You can follow our progress at assurant.com/our-story/social-responsibility.