Corporate Sustainability

Making an impact for good, now and into the future

We take a holistic approach to sustainability

We invest time and resources into organizations that align with our values and reinforce our mission to protect people, businesses and futures with extraordinary care.

Originating from our company’s founders, our actions to improve environmental, economic and social conditions for our customers and communities laid the foundation for our current corporate sustainability approach and efforts.

Our framework

We ensure that our commitment to sustainability is supported and driven by all areas of the business. We established a governance framework for developing our strategic priorities, providing oversight of policies and executing our sustainability practices. It includes Enterprise subject matter experts, a Corporate Sustainability Council, the Office of the CEO and the Board of Directors’ Governance Committee.

We focus on 4 key pillars

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Communities and Giving

Supporting local and national charities, volunteering our time, and sponsoring programs and organizations that create positive change within our communities

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Environmental Sustainability

Reducing harmful actions to our environment through recycling, reducing waste and water use, and investing in sustainable farming and renewable energy

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Advocating for the success of each associate in an environment where everyone is appreciated, engaged and respected

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Ethics and Governance

Leading with our values to deal fairly with each other and our customers, suppliers and competitors, and governing with the highest of standards

Nearly 100 years of growth toward a sustainable future

Over the years, Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation have provided funding to thousands of organizations to help communities meet basic needs, protect our environment, and foster a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world.


Before driver's education or driver's licenses existed, Nationwide presented to community groups and schools about traffic safety.


Peoples Development Corporation was established to provide low-cost housing in a family-friendly environment.


Nationwide introduced mutual funds and annuities to supplement life insurance products owned by middle-aged customers who weren’t receiving sufficient returns on their life insurance policies.


Nationwide organized Approved Finance Inc. to provide low-cost auto loans.


Nationwide’s traffic safety presentations had been given to more than 2 million teenagers by this year.


One of our founders and CEO, Murray D. Lincoln, leader of the cooperative movement, established the Nationwide Foundation.


Nationwide formed the industry’s first all-female sales district in Philadelphia.


Nationwide established an Energy Committee to implement more energy-efficient practices.


Nationwide testified in favor of airbags at a hearing by the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Nationwide endorsed an Ohio Senate anti-drunk driving bill allowing officers to seize driver’s licenses of first-time violators on the spot.


Nationwide established a training program called “Diversity Matters” to help managers recognize and deal with diversity issues and train their employees to do the same.


Nationwide built the nation’s first full-time corporate blood donation site in the American Red Cross system.


The Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center opened as the first campus building for 4-H in the United States.


Nationwide introduced SmartRide® to reward safe driving habits.


Nationwide and The Ohio State University partnered on a water conservation research project.


The Green Team associate resource group was formed to conserve natural resources and reduce our corporate and personal impact on the environment.


The Ohio State University’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex, of which the Nationwide Foundation was a foundational supporter, opened in September.