As a global corporation, Gallagher prides itself in being a socially responsible company. We strive to make a positive impact in our communities and to society as a whole. We focus on four areas of social responsibility: Corporate Ethics, Environmental Integrity, Community Involvement and Employee Health and Welfare.
Each year, every Gallagher employee reviews and commits to a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, a document that describes our obligation to conduct ourselves in accordance with legal and ethical guidelines. But we, at Gallagher, expect our employees to go beyond that minimum standard of behavior.
We call upon our employees to embody ethical behaviors that elevate us above mere legal compliance. In our view, ethics is all about values; it is what we as a group of people have agreed that we should do. Those values are spelled out in The Gallagher Way, and we witness them in the actions of our employees each and every day. We also remind our employees on a regular basis of the commitment we have made to live by those values.
Employee Health and Wellness
The Gallagher Way reminds us to support and take care of each other. Gallagher views its employees as the company's greatest assets.
Since the longevity of our employees is influenced by the lifestyle choices that they make, Gallagher offers tools and incentives that encourage employees to adopt or maintain healthy lifestyles. Gallagher also offers a variety of benefits aimed at protecting its employees' physical and emotional health.
Gallagher is committed to protecting and even improving the environment for the benefit of current and future generations. Environmental protection and preservation makes sound business sense. It not only enriches the lives of our employees, our clients and their loved ones, it can also reduce our expenses and improve our bottom line.
Through actions such as, but not limited to, using energy-efficient properties, reducing our reliance on paper and investing in alternative energy and clean air technology, Gallagher strives to preserve and protect the environment. We will continue to explore and pursue new and creative ways to make positive impacts in this area.
In addition to our employees, clients, business partners and stockholders, Gallagher views the people residing within all of the communities in which we live and work as stakeholders in our company. As such, we believe that it is critical for Gallagher to support our employees' efforts to enrich the lives and contribute to the welfare of others. We do this in a number of ways.
One of the ways Gallagher supports community involvement is by supporting the Gallagher Foundation, which matches the personal contributions of our employees to qualified charitable organizations, from a minimum of $50 per organization to an annual maximum of $1,000. Gallagher also supports and recognizes, wherever possible, the thousands of hours of community service undertaken by our employees around the world every year.
In addition to supporting the Gallagher Foundation's matching program for our employees, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. makes many direct charitable contributions. From 2006 through 2012, with our support, The Gallagher Foundation matched approximately $8 million in contributions by Gallagher employees to charitable causes, for a total impact of more than $15 million.