At Cigna, we value being active in our local communities where Cigna employees live and work. Our Global Citizenship efforts support our mission and are an important part of our culture as an organization. Cigna colleagues from around the globe are actively engaged in helping our communities and the people we serve improve their health, well-being, and peace of mind. In 2018, we are proud to report the following global citizenship highlights:
Helping Children Smile
Cigna employees in Visalia, California, partnered with a local children’s hospital to plan a fun-filled day for children who are currently inpatient residents of the hospital. The Cigna team brought crafts, games, and prizes for the children to enjoy. This event was a continuation of Cigna's ongoing support to the hospital, which has included donations to provide supplies so children can have fun and relieve some anxiety from their stay.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
In Wilmington, Delaware, Cigna employees planned their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The food drive supports a local organization that provides aid to former mental health patients, and is committed to helping the individuals they serve live a fulfilling life in the community. Approximately 400 employees participated in the food drive, providing over 30 local families with a full Thanksgiving dinner. Additional donations were made to help struggling families enjoy their time together without the added stress of financial burdens during the holiday season.
Annual Cigna Day
Cigna Day is an annual event in Hong Kong that brings our employees together–giving us the opportunity to take part in volunteering and fundraising activities that give back to the communities where we do business. Our Cigna Day activities are aligned with World Heart Day – informing people about the impact cardiovascular disease has on global mortality.
In recognition that heart and cardiovascular disease represent the third leading cause of death in Hong Kong, Cigna Hong Kong colleagues embarked on an awareness drive for heart health by holding a “calorie drive” charity run.
The charity runs and stretching events raised public awareness for heart health and encouraged heart-healthy living while benefitting those in need. Eighty volunteers from our Hong Kong office burned nearly 50,000 calories, which is the equivalent to approximately 240 bowls of rice. A monetary donation was made to a local charity that provides food assistance to vulnerable families in the community.
Annual Sugar-Free Day
Cigna Hong Kong also sponsored its annual “Sugar-Free Day” event in conjunction with a World Diabetes Day Carnival to promote health and well-being in the community. The event was run in partnership with a local charity that provides resources and support to people suffering from diabetes and provides diabetes prevention education.
The World Diabetes Day Carnival includes a series of activities aimed at the general public, including basic diabetes screening, health talks, and a fair to raise awareness about diabetes. Low-sugar food packs were distributed to more than 150 participants, and Cigna volunteers hosted a game booth to encourage healthy eating habits.
In 2018, Cigna became a sponsor of Junior Achievement Hong Kong (JA HK), a charity inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Six Cigna Hong Kong colleagues were recruited to serve as the Volunteer Business Advisors of the program. They guided and advised some of the students to establish and operate a mock “company” as they would in the real business world for the 2018 JA Company Program Trade Fair. The grand finale to the students’ 5-month entrepreneurial journey resulted in over 100 offerings at the 2018 JA Company Program Trade Fair. In total, 70 booths were staged by over 1,500 students.
Cigna continued to deepen our relationship with JA by presenting at their Expert Sharing Seminar, where a Cigna colleague led a presentation about the connection of physical and mental health and shared insights on building better mental health. More than 350 secondary school students attended the seminar.
The painting and restoration project was led by a group of 15 Cigna volunteers. They were committed to improving the space where people with different abilities can find assistance to find their place in society, giving them special education adapted to their needs and supporting future integration in the workforce.
Walk for Hope
Since 2011, Cigna Taiwan has continued to partner with the Hope Foundation for Cancer Care to help prevent cancer and provide support and care to cancer patients and their families through corporate sponsorships and employee donations, as well as, volunteer service.
In 2018, the Cigna Taiwan business donated over $40,000 in charitable funding, supporting the fight against cancer. Cigna Taiwan also promoted awareness by supporting an annual walkathon. In 2018, more than 2,500 people signed up for the walking event, increasing by nearly 50% from 2017.
At the event, we also leveraged our health network partners to host onsite interactive activities to strengthen awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through nutrition, physical activities, community involvement, and making time for leisure activities.
Team Cigna Taiwan is committed to fighting hunger. In 2018, our team volunteered over 600 hours in support of 3 charities focused on fighting hunger. Additionally, employees volunteered by packing food for disadvantaged children and families, and delivering lunch boxes to solitary seniors.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Thailand, and Cigna is committed to improving heart health as part of our mission to improve the health, well-being, and peace of mind of those we serve. In 2018, Cigna Thailand planned “Cigna Run for Hearts” to raise money for Thai people with heart disease, gain financial support to treat heart disease, and to improve awareness about heart disease prevention.
Employees were challenged to run either 2.6 kilometers, 5.2 kilometers, or 7.8 kilometers to raise money for a charity supporting heart disease awareness and prevention programs. Approximately 300 Cigna employees participated in the Cigna Run for Hearts event and Cigna donated over $23,000.
Disclaimer: The report covers calendar year 2018 and unless otherwise noted, excludes the combination with Express Scripts, which closed on December 20, 2018.