Today we offer a comprehensive portfolio of innovative health solutions to more than 25 million members, across all 50 states and internationally, that help members get, and stay, healthy. At the intersection of Centene’s growth and our impact on communities exists our core beliefs and values. Center to those values is our commitment to remove barriers to health and invest in local partnerships. In adherence to that commitment, Centene launched a range of initiatives and programs that address specific community challenges through collaborations with government, healthcare, and community partners.
As the leader in government-sponsored healthcare, we understand that our role in serving our members has never been more essential. Centene holds a unique position to address the environmental, social, and health barriers that impact our most vulnerable populations.
Environmental, Social, Health, and Governance Oversight
In early 2020, we completed a materiality* assessment to prioritize Centene’s Environmental, Social, Health, and Governance topics (ESHG), taking care to align our approach with Centene’s business strategy and long-term planning. Our ESHG Strategic Framework expresses Centene’s commitments to Protect Our Planet, Serve Our Communities, Live Our Values, and Cultivate Healthier Lives while identifying 16 key business areas essential to our success.
Centene's Materiality Assessment Process
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Prioritize Topics and Align Environmental, Social, Health, and Governance Strategic Framework with Centene’s Long-Range Planning
*The use of the term “materiality” should not be construed as a statement by Centene that the item is material for purposes of U.S. securities laws.
Centene is committed to strong sustainability performance and transparent reporting that demonstrate the value delivered to our stakeholders – our members, our business partners, our investors, our employees, our communities, and our world – both now and for years to come. We are proud to be recognized by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) for attaining Prime Status for fulfilling ambitious absolute performance requirements.
As an active partner with the World Economic Forum and the United Nations, we recognize that participation in global initiatives is critical to our business goals and objectives. Centene’s subsidiaries in the U.K., Spain, and Slovakia continue to expand our international presence. In 2020, Centene became a founding signatory to the Ethical Principles in Health Care (EPiHC), a collaborative effort between the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank to develop a set of principles to promote ethical conduct and to support ethical standards for healthcare delivery.
Since 2020 the Centene Corporation has been committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. Centene is also a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
In 2016, the United Nations presented a set of Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) that exemplify a shared global vision to transform the world by ending poverty, rescuing the planet, and building a perfect world. These goals closely align with Centene’s purpose and serve as a cornerstone of our ESHG strategic framework.
Through its Environmental and Social Responsibility Committee, the Centene Board of Directors provides strategic oversight into how the company addresses ESHG matters. The committee is chaired by James Dallas, with Orlando Ayala, Richard Gephardt, Lori Robinson, and Tommy Thompson serving as committee members.
Centene’s Chairman and CEO, Michael F. Neidorff, established an internal work group composed of executive representatives from key business units. The work group is responsible for advancing our ESHG strategy across the enterprise as well as recommending enhancements to Centene’s ESHG capabilities. The represented business units are below.