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Northern Trust Named Diversity Champions


FIRM AWARDS> These Diversity & Inclusion Awards focus on highlighting initiatives from companies that aim to boost the advice industry’s diversity and create a more inclusive environment for all.

Spotlight on Heartland Health Outreach

From Northern Trust's 2017 CSR Report

Northern Trust has financed the construction of Heartland Alliance Health’s new community health center located in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. The full-service health center will provide much needed services such as primary care, counseling, psychiatry, medical case management, health insurance assistance, HIV/AIDS care and linkage to housing. 

Reducing Environmental Impact From our Operations

from the Northern Trust 2017 CSR report

Northern Trust’s Corporate Services Group, charged with management of our real estate portfolio, procurement and facilities services, executes Northern Trust’s objective of reducing or eliminating negative environmental impacts from our supply chain. We detail our environmental expectations of vendors by providing them our Supplier Code of Conduct. Vendors’ sustainable practices are factored into our selection process, and we regularly review suppliers’ adherence to the Supplier Code of Conduct and pursue corrective measures when necessary, as noted in our Global Procurement Policy. 

Sustainable Investing at Northern Trust

From the 2017 CSR Report

The foundation of Northern Trust's responsible investment principles is that we act in a manner to protect our clients’ financial well-being.

Northern Trust offers investment capabilities with sustainable objectives in equity, fixed income and real assets. The approach and objective of a sustainable investing strategy is multi-dimensional, and may apply differently to different asset classes. While sustainability factors may be broad in nature, we focus on certain key issues and approaches in our investment framework. 

Mental Health Education in London


In conjunction with Northern Trust’s Global Fund Services (GFS) group, our disability business resource council (DBRC) has launched a program of support, awareness and education around mental health at work. Although one-in-four people in the UK will experience mental ill-health, and sickness absence due to mental health issues is rising, mental health is still a highly stigmatized subject. This discrepency poses a significant problem to workplaces. 

Northern Trust's Commitment to Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Governance

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Business Resource Councils

Northern Trust believes in fostering an inclusive environment where our employees’ unique mix of attributes and diversity of perspectives can serve as catalysts for innovation. To help ensure our commitments to diversity, inclusion and innovation are embedded in the fabric of our company, Northern Trust sponsors 11 business resource councils (BRCs). These councils are employeeinitiated, governed and led, and are open to all Northern Trust employees around the globe who share an affinity for the strategic mission of the group. 

UK Women In Finance Charter


In 2017, Northern Trust signed the UK Women in Finance Charter and committed to raise the ratio of women in the levels of senior and executive vice president to at least 35 percent by 2020. This is a commitment by the UK’s HM Treasury and signatory firms to work together to build a more balanced and fair finance industry

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND: Lending a Hand to Puerto Rico


In the wake of Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in September 2017 and left a majority of the island without power, homes and roads destroyed, and water contaminated, Northern Trust’s Latin Heritage Leadership Council (LHLC) partnered with other Chicago-area firms to provide help.

Led by the LHLC, employees collected supplies such as dry and canned foods, baby formula, diapers, first-aid kits, towels and blankets, laundry detergent and pet food. They also raised money and purchased nearly 14,000 bottles of water to send to the island.

Northern Trust Introduces Electric Cars to India Locations


As a service to its employees, Northern Trust provides all staff in India with round trip transportation between home and work. In 2016, out of concern for the emissions produced by the vehicles used in this service, Northern Trust changed its service provider to one offering cleaner, more efficient vehicles and a dedicated fleet. Real-time monitoring and automated routing have led to a reduction in the number of miles traveled, resulting in a 7 percent savings in carbon emissions compared with 2015.

Northern Trust's Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals

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The report and its index provide details on the material aspects and topics that reflect economic, environmental and social impacts relevant to our business.

During 2017, we set specific key performance indicators aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations and will continue to measure progress against these indicators.


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