Corporate Citizenship

At the Principal Financial Group®, we believe how we do things is every bit as important as what we do. We're guided by ethical corporate governance, social responsibility and sustainability—and we have been since our company was founded in 1879. Our employees live out this commitment every day.

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. 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. We do this by:

Community involvement

We encourage our employees to actively participate and care for their communities through volunteering, donating and conserving.

Giving back

Helping people is an important part of our culture at The Principal®. That's why the company, its employees and the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc., work together to give back in a variety of ways.

Protecting the environment 

It is our mission to reduce our company’s overall environmental impact by reducing our carbon footprint, ensuring efficient use of water and energy, implementing comprehensive recycling and waste management programs, and engaging our employees and supply chain through environmental awareness initiatives. 

Diversity and inclusion

We foster an inclusive environment at The Principal so each employee can contribute to the best of his or her ability. We celebrate the different demographics present in our workforce and encourage employees to share and learn from each other to enrich their lives and broaden their view.

Supporting employees

At work, we help take care of our employees’ well-being through benefits and work perks that enrich their lives, can help improve their health and help them balance all the demands in their lives.

View our social responsibility report

Find out how we’re guided by ethical corporate governance, social responsibility and sustainability in everything we do.

In the News

Learn more about our involvment in our community and how other organizations are recgonizing our efforts. 

How we care for the communities in which we operate

The Principal Charity Classic To Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary In 2016

The 2015 Principal Charity Classic generated a record $1,402,487 for Central Iowa children’s charities.

Sustainable Renovations

Giving Globally