UnitedHealth Group 2021 Sustainability Report Includes New Health Equity and Environmental Health Commitments
Annual report highlights a dedicated approach
to sustainability and new $100 million initiative to diversify the
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) today released its 2021
Sustainability Report detailing the company’s ongoing commitment to
helping meet the needs of those it serves, including customers,
employees, shareholders and society broadly.
“This year’s report demonstrates how UnitedHealth Group is
helping to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve
through the work carried out each day by our 350,000 team members,”
said Patricia L. Lewis, executive vice president and chief
sustainability officer, UnitedHealth Group. “As a leading health
care organization, we recognize there is more work to be done. We
continue to prioritize our responsibility to help advance
sustainability efforts through community partnerships and
systemwide collaboration — working together to ensure everyone has
the opportunity to be healthy.”
Sustainability is an integral part of UnitedHealth Group’s
business strategy, culture and mission as it works to ensure the
health care system works better for everyone — both now and in the
future. The report includes several new long-term initiatives
focusing on advancing health equity and improving environmental
Advancing health equity:
- Commit $100 million to create a new health workforce diversity
program and train 10,000 clinical professionals by 2033.
- Achieve operational net-zero emissions by 2035.
- Commit to setting net-zero science-based emission reduction
targets through the Science Based Targets initiative Net Zero
Standard to ensure our actions are based on current climate science
and consistent with reductions to limit global warming.
- Achieve 60% reduction in scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by
- Invest and source 100% of our global electricity demand with
renewable sources by 2030.
Additionally, the report includes progress on three long-term
commitments to expand access to care, improve health care
affordability and achieve better health outcomes. In service of
those commitments, in 2021:
- More than two-thirds of members have received preventive care
- Half of outpatient surgeries and radiology services were
delivered at high-quality, cost-efficient sites of care.
- 110 million gaps in care were closed for our members.
The company’s 2021 report also expands UnitedHealth Group’s
reporting of sustainability performance by aligning disclosures to
the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). It focuses on
efforts across UnitedHealth Group’s two businesses, Optum and
UnitedHealthcare, to advance key priorities, including:
- Helping to Build a Modern, High-Performing Health System
that expands access to care, improves health care affordability,
enhances the health care experience and achieves better health
outcomes for everyone.
- Our People and Culture, where all team members are
appreciated, valued and able to reach their full potential. We are
a team as diverse as the people we serve — meeting its
responsibility to improve the health system and build the health
workforce with a diverse pipeline of talent.
- Responsible Business Practices, through strong and
effective governance practices, compliance, board diversity and
independence, a commitment to ethics and integrity, and an emphasis
on data security and supply chain management.
- Environmental Health, through a commitment to mitigate
the company’s impact on the environment by charting a path to
net-zero, reduce paper usage and lead efforts to decarbonize the
health care industry.
To view or download the complete report, go to
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a health care and well-being
company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help
make the health system work better for everyone through two
distinct and complementary businesses. Optum delivers care aided by
technology and data, empowering people, partners and providers with
the guidance and tools they need to achieve better health.
UnitedHealthcare offers a full range of health benefits, enabling
affordable coverage, simplifying the health care experience and
delivering access to high-quality care. Visit UnitedHealth Group at
www.unitedhealthgroup.com and follow @UnitedHealthGrp on
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