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Studies have shown that ethically managed companies perform better. But that’s not why we do it. Operating in an ethical fashion is something that’s been part of our corporate DNA since the company began in 1879.

Before the Principal Financial Group® was a global FORTUNE 500 company, it was a simple idea in the mind of Edward Temple. And before then, in 1857, a land office business Mr. Temple ran with his brother failed. Rather than declaring bankruptcy, however, the Temple brothers sold their property and spent the next four years paying back their creditors in full, plus 10 percent.

That earned Edward Temple a reputation for integrity—a reputation he maintained throughout his long career.

Today, with integrity as one of our core values and the foundation of everything we do, we make sure Mr. Temple’s legacy thrives. That means we don’t have to think twice about doing the right thing. In short, we treat our customers, advisors and employees right.

Our strong sense of right and wrong also drives us to care for the communities in which we operate. We do this by:

Our commitment at the corporate level is matched by the enthusiasm and commitment of our talented, caring employees who make their communities better places to live and work. Every day.

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