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Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®) and its associates share the view that we have a responsibility to minimize the direct impact we have on the environment and conduct business in an environmentally friendly way. To achieve this goal, Jackson promotes activities such as recycling, reducing consumption and conserving and caring for the land that our offices occupy.
One of the most meaningful ways that Jackson is reducing its environmental impact is by offering customers and representatives the option to receive some of their Jackson correspondence through e-delivery. Jackson's e-delivery program, called Green Delivery, not only materially reduces paper consumption, it also eliminates the need to mail some documents, thereby saving fuel and limiting pollution. When our policyholders choose Green Delivery, Jackson donates a portion of the savings to support different nonprofit organizations. Jackson partnered with American Forests to plant a tree for every customer who signed up for Green Delivery, planting 100,000 trees in total. Click here to learn more about Jackson's Green Delivery Service.
As part of its efforts to develop a more innovative and inclusive conservation initiative, Jackson has implemented a Work Smart program, which solicits suggestions from employees on how they think the company could become more efficient and sustainable. Employee suggestions have led the company to offer more recycling in the office and reduce building lighting.
The Work Smart program also promotes earth-friendly office activities, such as planting flowers around the office to celebrate Earth Day each year and Bring Your Own Cup to Work week.
Jackson employees take part in efficient computing options such as carpooling and vanpooling, biking or taking the bus. In Lansing, Jackson participates in an annual Clean Commute Week during which employees are encouraged to take any mode of transportation to work other than a single occupancy vehicle. In Denver, employees participate in the annual Bike to Work Day, saving gas and limiting pollution on that day.
In 2008, Jackson joined the Climate Leaders Program in an effort to reduce the company's carbon footprint. The Climate Leaders Program is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system, setting aggressive reduction goals and annually reporting their progress to the EPA. The Climate Leaders Program reduces the impact our business has on climate change and, by examining its energy profile, Jackson is able to become more efficient in the way it manages its infrastructure.
Additionally, Jackson's regional headquarters in Nashville is LEED certified as a building with green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
Preserving Natural Environments
During the construction of Jackson's Home Office in Lansing, Mich., the company worked with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to preserve the natural environment. This effort was intended to enhance employees' work experience, as well as provide habitat for wildlife. The company planted more than 15,000 shrubs and trees, and created and preserved several natural and man-made ponds during the building construction.
Jackson's Home Office has walking trails behind the building that were designed by students in the forestry department at Michigan State University. Numerous trails wind throughout the woods, with the longest route totaling approximately two miles. The trails take walkers through Jackson's wooded landscape that includes several varieties of trees such as oak, maple, beech, poplar and pine.
In 2006, Jackson worked with the MDEQ to dig ponds around the office, creating a more supportive environment for wildlife. These ponds and the nearby forested areas have provided nesting, breeding and feeding locations for reptiles and amphibians. Waterfowl and wading birds reside, feed and nest within the new wetlands as well. The new area was seeded with a wetland seed mix and mulch, and many wetland varieties were planted along with native species.
Overall, the project resulted in a more aesthetically pleasing landscape and an environment that supports more diverse wildlife. Jackson continues to work with the MDEQ to insure proper care and maintenance of the wetland areas and building grounds.