BATON ROUGE, La – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has been named a 2022 honoree of The Civic 50 by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. This marks the fourth year in a row Blue Cross has been selected.
For 10 years, The Civic 50 has provided a national standard for corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and resources to drive social impact in their communities and company. The Civic 50 honorees are companies with annual U.S. revenues of at least $1 billion and are selected based on four dimensions of their corporate citizenship and social impact programs – investment of resources, integration across business functions, institutionalization through policies and systems and impact measurement.
Blue Cross achieved high scores for its community service and investments in 2021, including:
• $30,000+ hours of employee-led volunteerism
• $9.7 million in sponsorships, grants and other investments in community organizations, including disaster funding to organizations supporting Louisianians affected by COVID-19 and natural disasters like Hurricane Ida
• 24 million points of service to more than 2.4 million people, such as receiving donated items, health care screenings and services, or being a part of nonprofit partner programs
“We are honored to be chosen for our impact through funding and volunteerism,” said Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, President and CEO of Blue Cross. “The true impact of our efforts come from the hundreds of nonprofit partners we have supported. They kept pushing in times of unprecedented crises to make sure all people have shelter, food and access to health care. We are grateful to them for allowing us to be a part of their missions.”
“Corporate leadership and commitment to civic engagement are critical for strengthening communities,” said Natalye Paquin, president & CEO of Points of Light. “Our most recent global research shows 86 percent of people say they expect companies to take action on a social issue. Companies like Blue Cross are leading the way and setting an example of how you can leverage your employee talent, business models and assets to create deep impact that drives transformational change.”
This afternoon at noon Central Time, Points of Light will publicly announce and celebrate The Civic 50 2022 honorees as part of a virtual event. The event will feature highlights from the survey including equity and diversity findings, new corporate racial equity research presented by Edelman CEO, Lisa Ross, and a conversation on corporate leadership in advancing equity with PolicyLink CEO Michael McAfee and Points of Light CEO Natalye Paquin.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, we are a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer with offices in every major region to serve our customers. We have been recognized for the past four years as an honoree of The Civic 50, named by Points of Light as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We are a private mutual company, owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We invite all Louisianians to visit our website at www.bcbsla.com or talk to us on social media.
About Points of Light
Points of Light is a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through 177 affiliates across 38 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 16 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.