Corporate Social Responsibility

ESG at work with Principal employees giving back in the communities we serve.

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report

Our corporate social responsibility strategy is central to who we are as a company. And we want to continue to make our initiatives in the areas of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) transparent. Because trust in our business—to do the right thing, in the right way—is the foundation of a strong future. 

We invite you to explore our 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility report to learn about our ESG investing, and how we are promoting inclusivity, impacting our community through charity partnerships, and sustaining our environment.

Download the full 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility report (PDF)

Philanthropic investment

Principal Foundation makes charitable grants to community partner organizations that work to help people learn more, earn more, and save more, as well as build strong communities. In 2017, we invested $14.2 million in NGOs around the world. Learn more about our grantmaking

Principal Foundation also encourages employee charitable involvement through volunteer and match giving programs. Our employee United Way campaign is the leader in central Iowa, and drove more than $8 million supporting 230+ communities and providing 30,357 volunteer hours for 562 unique nonprofit organizations.

We host the Principal Charity Classic, which has leveraged the power of partnerships to raise over $13.5 million for kids’ causes since 2007.

Our CEO’s commitment

Dan Houton, Principal's Chairman, President, and CEO talks about ESG.

“Through well-considered environmental, social, and governance practices, we’re working to create better futures for everyone whose lives we touch.”
Dan Houston, Principal Chairman, President, and CEO

2017 CSR highlights

Graphic stating that Principal employees gave more than $4.02 million to 438 organizations in over 230 communities around the world in 2017.

See a snapshot of our corporate citizenship accomplishments and awards from the past year.

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Contact us

Corporate Social Responsibility

Mandi McReynolds leads Corporate Social Responsibility, the Principal Foundation, and ESG at Principal.

Mandi McReynolds
Director, Community Relations & Principal Foundation