June 2011 | meritsociety@namic.org

  The Business Case for Social Responsibility

Much is being written today about corporate social responsibility (CSR) – but what exactly is it? Literally defined, it means that all people and organizations have a responsibility to society. While many people think that it is all about the environment and going green, I describe CSR as the ability to do well and do good.

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  Taking the Social Responsibility Challenge

In the previous article, Ann Ranson wrote about the business case for corporate social responsibility. Whether your company has taken on this kind of initiative yet, CSR has become a big part of many other insurance companies' business strategies. Take Liberty Mutual for example. Five years ago, the insurer launched its social responsibility campaign "Responsibility: What's Your Policy."

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  To Protect and Give: Insurers Make Giving Back to the Community a Priority

Weather hit the planet hard during 2011's first six months – massive earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan; torrential rains that led to extensive flooding in the United States' South and Midwest; and a tornado outbreak across the Midwestern United States (just to name a few) made for a record-setting spring.

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The NAMIC Merit Award stimulates the advancement of professionalism in the insurance industry. It is designed to encourage individual professional development of persons associated with NAMIC member companies and to recognize those individuals who demonstrate educational attainment, service or contributions through NAMIC or State/Provincial association activities.

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Presentation of the NAMIC Merit Award, a specially designed plaque, will be made to certified applicants at the Society's annual breakfast, which is held during the NAMIC Annual Convention or at the applicants State/Provincial association annual convention, if applicable.

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies extends its appreciation to the members of the NAMIC Merit Award Committee who served with dedication in developing the NAMIC Merit Award in 1973. The committee established objectives to help individuals set personal goals nearer to their potential.

Qualification for the award requires the accumulation of 100 points. Complete details on point accumulation and certification are listed in the application.

Upon payment of nominal annual dues, award recipients are enrolled as members of the NAMIC Merit Society and are eligible to attend society meetings and receive attendant benefits as determined by the Society's Board of Directors.

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