Corporate Social Responsibility

Community investment

We serve customers around the world. So we want to help communities around the world, too. Here’s how we did that in 2016.


In 2016, we gave over $13.2 million to more than 700 organizations through grants and matching gifts. These organizations serve a variety of needs, including:

  • Civic and community projects
  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Health and human services
  • Support for the environment
  • Disaster relief

Giving globally

We donated to local charities in 13 countries in 2016 – partnering with our Principal International and Principal Global Investors offices.

These grants focused on building financial security and addressing critical local community needs.

Health and Human Services

Programs and organizations that help people build financial progress.

Talent-Focused Education

Educational partnerships that build a pipeline for future employee talent.

Strong Communities

Better places for people to live, work and play, with an increased focus on making a lasting impact on quality of life.

Letter from our CEO

At Principal, we believe that helping people is the best investment. Read the letter from our CEO as he talks about how we did this in 2016 and the vision for the future.

Letter from our CEO

Find out what our CEO, Dan Houston, had to say about our community investment in 2016 and the vision for the future.

2015 Corporate Social Responsibility report

Our 2015 report highlights the progress we made in improving the lives of our employees, the communities we live and work in, and the environment.

2014 Social Responsibility report

Learn more about our 2014 programs and initiatives which were guided by ethical corporate governance, social responsibility and sustainability.