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.

2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report

Find out what steps we, and our 15,000 employees across the world, took to help those around us in building stronger communities and empowering people to take positive financial actions. Our 2016 report will highlight some of the ways we did this. 

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.