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Foresters approach to sustainability

How we are creating a better future together.

Financial solutions with a larger purpose

Sustainability is about fulfilling people’s economic, social well-being and environmental needs now, without compromising future generations. This goes hand-in-hand with our purpose of enriching the well-being of families and communities. We’re here to protect what is important to you, while creating a better future, together.

At Foresters, you, your family and your community are at the heart of our sustainability efforts, and it’s been that way for nearly 150 years. Moving forward into the future, we’re continually looking at how we can measure our success and help you do more good for the people and places that matter most.

International CEO

“At Foresters, we are committed to sustainability to help create a better future. Our goal is to ensure we enrich the well-being of your families and communities. Our employees truly value giving back to their communities. I’m proud of the work we’ve done in the past to support sustainability and thrilled to look ahead to how Foresters sustainability strategy will contribute to cleaner, safer and healthier communities.”

Louis Gagnon,

Global President and CEO of Foresters Financial

UK CEO

“We're helping you, our customers, and your families achieve your financial goals while enriching the well-being of the people and communities you care about across the UK. Our commitment is to create a better future together by helping you live well with benefits like Foresters Go or giving back through grants and charity partnerships.”

Nici Audhlam-Gardiner,

UK CEO of Foresters Financial

Our sustainability approach and the future

From our products to our culture, our sustainability efforts are a part of everything we do at Foresters. We care about how our products and what we do in our own business add to a more sustainable future. At Foresters, concepts of sustainability, environmental consciousness and social responsibility are not just a trend. These concepts define us.

That’s why we support the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a call to action for governments, businesses and societies to address today’s most pressing sustainable development issues. While each of these goals matters, we focus on three in particular. The first is goal three, good health and well-being; the second is goal 11, sustainable cities and communities; and the third is goal 13, climate action.

good health and wellbeing    sustainable cities and communities    climate action

Our sustainability impact

A look at how we are creating a better future together.

Our sustainability impact

Exploring our sustainability approach

Find out more about each area.

At Foresters

Foresters Head Office Building

82%

of the cars driven by our Financial Advisers are hybrid or electric cars1

Our members, employees and advisers

In 2021:

Member well-being

As a member, you also get a wide range of unique and complimentary benefits2 to help you live your best life and give back to your community. It’s just one of the many ways we share our financial success with our members.

Employees

We’re committed to encouraging a work environment where our employees can belong, learn and thrive, enabling them to do their best work.

Easily accessible programmes

Promoting employee health and well-being is another way we can address the UN goal of good health and well-being. Foresters employees are supported through access to a variety of information enabling their personal and professional development, including mental health, mindfulness and exercise. We provide information to employees on a monthly basis. Employees also have access to financial advisers and provide tools to  help employees plan for their financial security now and in the future. 

Through our Employee Engagement, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (IDE) and other surveys, we continuously gather employee feedback on how we’re doing and what we can do better.

Inclusion, diversity and equity

Our Inclusion, Diversity and Equity objectives are rooted in our five guiding principles: equity, belonging, empathy, a focus on areas we can change and accountability through actionable goals and transparent processes.

We established an Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) Council comprised of executives and employees and hired an AVP of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity to increase our commitment to upholding a more inclusive workplace.

Lastly, we’re proud to announce that we have launched three Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) which include Pride at Foresters, Foresters Multicultural and Foresters Women’s ERGs. These groups are growing daily and have representation from both North America and the United Kingdom.

Making a difference

Our people are passionate about making a difference. Foresters sustainability committee includes employees from across the business who are dedicated to helping communities and the environment. Employees are encouraged to support their communities with one paid day per year through our Day of Caring Programme.

1,450

employees globally1

60%

of workforce are women1

Financial Advisers

Our Financial Advisers are there to support all our members and customers. Whatever your situation, our Financial Advisers are on hand to take you through your options and help determine what type of savings or protection plan is best for you.  

What's more, we have many advisers who are Foresters members and use the community grants to give back to their local neighbourhoods. 

Families and communities

23,000

trees planted in 2021 throughout Canada, the US and the UK

11

community partnerships

Creating stronger families and communities

You can choose how you want to help the place that means the most to you. Impact your community and bring people together with easy-to-use grants and inspiring volunteer activities.
sustainability partnerships 

Sustainability partnerships

community gardens 

Community gardens

community grants 

Community grants

social connections 

Social connections

Society

Have any questions about sustainability at Foresters?

Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries. Registered Office: Foresters Financial, Foresters House, 2 Cromwell Avenue, Bromley BR2 9BF. Registered in England number FC2825. Branch No. BR723. For more information, please email myforesters.com. CM441. 

1As of 30 September 2022.

2 Description of member benefits that you may receive assumes you are a Foresters member. Members must be 18 years of age or older and must have an active Foresters Plan and maintain it in good standing. Foresters member benefits are non-contractual, subject to benefit specific Eligibility requirements. Definitions and limitations and may be changed or cancelled without notice.