By Rhonda Mims
At WellCare, we believe what we stand for is equally as important as what we do and how we do it. And, an essential part of our mission-driven culture includes a commitment to our planet.
As the world celebrated Earth Day this past Sunday, I thought of WellCare’s commitment in which our more than 9,000 associates have the opportunity to participate in community-wide initiatives. We offer volunteer time off to support their efforts because being a reputable corporate citizen is critical at all levels of our company.
In fact, this April, we’re participating in National Volunteer Month, and thousands of our associates are participating in volunteer events across the country that impact our planet, from beach clean ups in Florida and Hawaii to park restorations in Illinois and Texas.
In addition to our community service, we also pursue tangible environmental initiatives such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. I’m proud that we are LEED-certified in many of our workplaces, including our Tampa headquarters, which comprises five buildings and more than 380,000 square-feet in Tampa, Fla. Our workplace environmental focus also includes other actionable initiatives such as recycling, which aligns with our local and national priorities.
Earth Day may be a designated holiday in April, but at WellCare, we’re looking to make it a priority every day and will continue to implement new and innovative solutions across our markets.
How are you making our planet a priority? Maybe you are carpooling, using a reusable cup at work or powering down your computer every evening. Share your ideas with us in the comments section below.
Rhonda Mims is WellCare’s senior vice president and chief public affairs officer.