The Environment

The environment plays an important role in the health of every community. As a leading health and well-being company, UnitedHealth Group’s mission is to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment by conserving energy and natural resources and raising employee awareness about improving the environment.

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Recycled 8,355 tons of paper and saved 142,040 trees

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Reduced year-over-year controllable energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by over 1.59% and year-over-year greenhouse gas emissions by 3.65%


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Generated a 15% year-over-year increase in tons of paper recycled

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Implemented 45 low cost / no cost energy and water conservation projects

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Completed 29 funded energy projects including interior and exterior lighting upgrades

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Maintained business operations
in LEED-certified facilities
(Leadership in Energy &
Environmental Design) totaling 1.6 million square feet


Green Business Practices

UnitedHealth Group’s green business practices are reducing our carbon footprint in daily office work. We are moving toward paperless communications and implementing workplace conservation initiatives. Following are a few examples from our workplace in 2017:


Individuals We Serve

  • Customers now see online bills, web-based eligibility transaction processing, and online banking reports.
  • Brokers get their commission statements and quotes online.
  • Individuals we serve receive online explanation of benefits statements and health statements.
  • Physicians find remittance advice, electronic payments, and real-time adjudication online.
  • Shareholders receive proxy statements and annual reports online, and can vote online or by phone.
  • Employees receive online orientation and benefits enrollment materials, and online W-2 statements.

Other Initiatives

UnitedHealth Group has expanded its conservation efforts beyond paperless communications by:

  • posting sustainability tips and articles on our employee intranet,
  • expanding teleconference capabilities to reduce business travel,
  • following a shred-all policy to improve confidentiality and increase recycling,
  • turning off monitors overnight to reduce energy use, and
  • supporting telecommuting.

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