About this report
The Sustainability Report expands on the content in our 10-K and Proxy Statement to tell the full story of Allstate’s long-term value creation. This report incorporates the Guiding Principles and Content Components of the Integrated Reporting (IR) framework as produced by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). We also include disclosures to the relevant SASB sector standards, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) guidelines and our EEO-1 report. Finally, the report references the GRI Standards and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Our Materiality and Stakeholder Engagement section has more information on how we determined the content of this report. All information represents our 2020 fiscal year, unless otherwise noted.
Our integrated approach
Allstate provides affordable, simple and connected protection solutions. While we are primarily engaged in the property and casualty insurance business in the United States and Canada, we also offer accident and health insurance, identity protection, and protection plans for electronic devices, furniture and appliances. Founded in 1931, Allstate became a publicly traded company in 1993 and fully independent in 1995, when it was spun off from Sears Holdings Corp. Today, we are one of the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurers in America. We are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ALL and are widely known through our slogan: “You’re in good hands with Allstate.®”
This slogan reflects our commitment to stakeholders – customers, employees, agents, suppliers, shareholders and the communities where we operate and beyond. It shapes Our Shared Purpose – to empower customers with the protection they need to achieve their hopes and dreams as well as to build resilient communities. We put words into action not only through our products and services, but through the way we create value for stakeholders throughout our business.
Allstate believes that the interrelations among economic, environmental and social factors are increasingly material to long-term enterprise value creation. This view informs our strategy development and how we manage risks and opportunities throughout the value chain.
To determine Allstate’s risks and opportunities as well as our social and environmental impact more comprehensively, we periodically conduct a sustainability materiality assessment to learn what ESG issues are significant to our stakeholders. We zero in on our material environmental, social and governance factors along with traditional financial information to strengthen our strategy development and risk management.
What does value creation
look like at Allstate?
We’ve adopted the International Integrated Reporting Council (IR) framework for reporting, which integrates our financial information and sustainability data to showcase the corporation’s commitment and progress and create long-term value for those we serve.
We aim to follow the “spirit” of the IR guidelines to:
- Improve the quality of information to providers of financial capital and enable efficient and productive allocation of capital.
- Promote a cohesive approach to corporate reporting and communicate about factors that materially affect our ability to create value over time.
- Enhance accountability and stewardship for the six capitals (financial, manufactured, intellectual, human, social and relationship, and natural).
- Support integrated thinking and decision-making that create value over the short, medium and long term.
We see value creation as a form of return. This takes on many forms, including more resilient business operations, stronger competitive positioning, improved social, economic and environmental outcomes, well-managed risk, and enhanced societal well-being. The value creation is governed and generated by Allstaters in various seats across the enterprise.
Governance of sustainability
Allstate has strong corporate governance guided by three primary principles: dialogue, transparency and responsiveness. The Board has enhanced governance policies over time to align with best practices and serve the interests of stockholders. For in-depth information about governance practices, please see our 2021 Proxy Statement.
Our Board of Directors and CEO are responsible for the overall performance of Allstate, including sustainability. Sustainability is managed across the business by the following groups: Enterprise Risk and Return Council, Responsible Investing Committee, Sustainability Council, Enterprise Diversity Leadership Council and the Sustainability team.
The Enterprise Risk and Return Council (ERRC) is Allstate’s senior risk management committee that establishes risk and return targets, determines economic capital levels and directs integrated strategies and actions from an enterprise perspective. The ERRC is made up of Allstate’s CEO, vice chair, chief investment officer, general counsel, treasurer, area of responsibility (AOR) presidents, and enterprise and AOR risk and financial officers. The ERRC reviews enterprise principles, guidelines and limits for Allstate’s significant risks, and monitors the strategies and actions management has taken to control these risks. The Board of Directors and the Risk and Return and Audit committees oversee Enterprise Risk and Return Management. For further information on our risk factors, please see pages 21-29 of the 2020 10-K.
The Responsible Investing Committee monitors ESG investing trends, understands ESG investing best practices and periodically reports on its activities to other authorities within Allstate, among other responsibilities. In conjunction with the Investments Risk Committee, the Responsible Investing Committee monitors our investment portfolio for potential short- and long-term exposures to climate change.
The Sustainability Council was formed in 2007. Its members identify key risks and opportunities related to sustainable business practices and help implement our enterprise ESG road map. The council, with 40 members representing more than 25 business functions, meets regularly and is led by a vice president in Corporate Brand.
The Enterprise Diversity Leadership Council (EDLC) is made up of 15 senior leaders who help advance Inclusive Diversity & Equity (IDE) at Allstate. The group supports commitments in every business unit to promote IDE through talent recruitment, retention, advancement and development in order to expand diverse representation across all levels at Allstate.
The Sustainability team manages ESG reporting and disclosures, external ratings and rankings, and supports the Sustainability Council. The Sustainability team also provides regular ESG updates to the Board of Directors.
What's in this report?
- GRI Index – We follow the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI): Core option as a reporting structure. In the GRI index, we also identify how our initiatives align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
- EEO-1 Report – Demographic breakdown of our workforce by race/ethnicity and gender.
- SASB Index – A three-page report that communicates financially material sustainability information to investors.
- TCFD Index – Connecting dots to public disclosures on our climate-related risks and opportunities.
- CDP – Environmental data and information, including our approach to climate change and risk.
- Public Policy Report – Our involvement in the democratic process at the state and federal levels.
- ESG Data – Year-over-year comparisons of raw environmental, social and governance data.
- Year in Review – A short report that communicates significant financial, environmental, social and governance developments over the past year.
- Allstate-in-your-State Interactive Map – Find out what Allstate’s doing where you live and explore other state-by-state footprints.
- Archive – Find older items in our Sustainability Report archives.
- Stories of Good – Learn more about the people and partnerships behind the numbers.