Improving health and well-being is at the heart of everything we do at Cigna. This includes creating more sustainable health care systems in our communities; advancing health through a holistic approach that focuses on behavioral and physical health; and eliminating health disparities by promoting health equity through a variety of initiatives.
Our charitable contributions and advocacy serve to reflect and magnify the positive effect of Cigna's mission to improve the health, well-being, and peace of mind of those we serve. By focusing on access to health care and health equity, which is the pursuit of the elimination of health disparities, we strive to give individuals the best opportunity to achieve a healthier life.
The Cigna Foundation makes charitable grants, including World of Difference grants, to nonprofit organizations with a focus on health equity and community health navigation. Cigna Foundation grants are true partnerships that bring dedicated nonprofit organizations together with knowledgeable Cigna professionals to share expertise and experience, resulting in innovative health solutions that work to improve health equity and respond to community needs in ways that are sustainable, scalable and effective.
Healthier Kids for Our Future
In 2019, we launched our newly combined company’s first initiative, Healthier Kids for Our Future (HKFOF). HKFOF is a $25 million five-year global initiative committed to improving the health and well-being of children and aligned with three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs):
- Goal 1: No Poverty
- Goal 2: Zero Hunger
- Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
In the program’s first year, we joined with schools and community groups to reduce food insecurity – ensuring that our nonprofit partners had the support they needed to address this serious challenge. The Cigna Foundation is focused on this topic, because poor nutrition and food insecurity in childhood can lead to health disparities and poorer health later in life.1 Additionally, for millions of children, chronic food insecurity and hunger will lead to poor educational outcomes – including reduced proficiency in math and reading as well as social and behavioral problems.2 Our nonprofit partners primarily work with Title 1 schools with large concentrations of low-income students who receive supplemental funds to assist in meeting students’ educational goals. Under HKFOF, each school works with a nonprofit partner to submit a grant request to the Cigna Foundation to provide tailored, onsite programming and services. We have supported programs such as weekend meal kits, onsite food pantries, community gardens, and community nutrition education events. We also offer a meal kit service to participating students through our partnership with the nonprofit Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE). FCE’s Full Cart program delivers a box of groceries, at no cost, directly to these students’ homes.
To increase the efficacy of HKFOF, we partnered with Washington University’s Brown School Evaluation Center (Brown School) to evaluate the program in its first year. We are already using the Brown School’s findings to inform our work as we expand the focus of the initiative to include supporting mental well-being in schools.
Children and adults who are food insecure are at an increased risk of a variety of negative health outcomes, yet more than 1 in 6 children in the U.S. face hunger – and more than 1 in 4 children worldwide face food insecurity.3,4
Employee Volunteerism and Giving
Cigna's employees have a desire to help others. We provide them with a wide range of projects and programs that enable them to translate their personal passion into service that benefits their local communities, both inside and outside of work.
In 2019, Cigna's U.S. employees contributed more than 92,000 volunteer hours to nonprofits and communities across the country.
In 2019, our combined Cigna Giving totaled over $40 million.5
Anchored by our Cigna Connects corporate responsibility platform, our corporate citizenship efforts focus on bringing our specific industry expertise and resources to bear on critical issues where we are uniquely positioned to help.
1 Gunderson C, Kreider B. Bounding the effects of food insecurity on children’s health outcomes. J Health Econ, 2009; 28(5):971–983.
2 Cook, JT. Impacts of food insecurity and hunger on health and development in children: Implications of measurement approach. In paper commissioned for the Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities on the Causes and Consequences of Child Hunger. 2013 April.
3 No Kid Hungry, https://www.nokidhungry.org/who-we-are/hunger-facts.
4 Hunger Statistics, Food Aid Foundation, 2015, https://www.foodaidfoundation.org/world-hunger-statistics.html
5 This figure includes charitable giving from Cigna’s Korea Foundation, which totaled $8.5 million. It also includes $4 million in grants to nonprofits in California as part of the company’s merger undertaking agreement with the state, which was precipitated by Cigna’s combination with Express Scripts in late 2018.
6 In 2019, the Cigna Foundation invested more than $10.5 million in communities through grants and the Express Scripts Foundation invested more than $3.5 million in communities through grants.
7 Cigna Charitable Giving includes $4 million in grants to nonprofits in California as part of the company’s merger undertaking agreement with the state, which was precipitated by Cigna’s combination with Express Scripts in late 2018.