Creating opportunity for future generations

Our commitment to corporate social responsibility

80% inclusion index

We’ll reach at least an 80% inclusion index score annually, encompassing employee engagement, comfort, value, and respect.

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2X Support

Over the next five years, we’ll double the number of minority- and women-owned business we support through micro-finance, community development, and more.

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By 2022, implementation will be in place to align our responsible investment with seven United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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40% by 2035

By 2035, we will reduce our U.S. carbon emissions by 40% and by 2050, we aspire to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. 

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The path to progress benefits our customers and the planet.

Our ESG Strategy

We help people today by advocating for security and inclusion, creating opportunity for future generations.

Our commitments contribute directly to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 5: Gender equality Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth Goal 10: Reduced inequalities Goal 13: Climate action Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals
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Our activation pillars


Access the power of our people


Embed sustainable practices

Products and services

Develop accessible products and inclusive services

Our areas of focus

Featured stories

Letter from Dan Houston—chairman, president, and CEO

In so many ways, 2020 was about staying connected to what matters. Principal was founded with the purpose of putting financial security within reach of more people. We’ve grown a lot since 1879 … helping customers through great challenges along the way—recessions, wars, natural disasters, trade tensions, and more than one pandemic. Through it all, we’ve stayed true to a core belief in doing the right thing for our customers, communities, and the planet.

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ESG Data Center

Access our CSR report for comprehensive details, or review highlights within the ESG Data Center.

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Our ESG Strategy

People live their best lives when they feel secure. We know this extends beyond financial stability.

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