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Empowering our communities

Empower’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives aim to build an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace where everyone belongs. We elevate the associate experience further through Business Resource Groups and Corporate Social Responsibility programs in pursuit of deepening and strengthening the relationships between our associates and their communities.

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Environmental, Social, and Governance

In 2022, Empower Annuity Insurance Company of America and Empower Life & Annuity Insurance Company of New York publicly disclosed information in line with the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Climate Risk Disclosure Surveys.

Highlights in alignment with the four pillars of the TCFD include:


Empower Life & Annuity Insurance Company of New York, a subsidiary of Empower, evolved its climate governance to comply with new regulation from the New York Division of Financial Services. The board’s audit committee received training on the financial risks of climate change and best practices for mitigating them. Board responsibilities were clearly defined and approved.



Empower’s investment division is utilizing an ESG integration tool for credit underwriting in its insurance general account. Current and potential holdings will be assessed in the following areas:

  • Environment, such as carbon emissions and air quality
  • Social, such as human rights issues in corporate supply chains
  • Governance, such as board management, quality and integrity

Risk management

Empower updated its Own Risk & Solvency Assessment (ORSA) report with an industry best-practice set of climate-change scenarios. One component in the ORSA report is the stress and scenario testing. These scenarios were updated to align with the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS).

Metrics and targets

Empower tracks, audits, and reports Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions from our facilities. In addition to tracking emissions, Empower saved the equivalent of 2,367 trees and conserved nearly 1 million gallons of water in 2022. We are setting targets to reduce our emissions in line with climate science.

What's next

Board diversity

Empower supports associate nonprofit board service through strategic advice and monetary support. In 2023, Empower will launch an internal board service training program to prepare associates to be effective board members, and to diversify associate representation on nonprofit boards. We seek to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth through meaningful service.

Recruiting diversity

To continue thoughtfully diversifying our workforce, Empower will focus on deepening relationships with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), community colleges, and work with local chambers of commerce and National Urban League affiliates. We seek to provide more diverse interviewing panels and evaluate job postings for inclusive language. Additionally, we aim to support the full career journey of our diverse associates through internal sponsorship and both internal and external talent development programs.


Neurodiversity hiring program expansion

Continuing the success of the Neurodiversity Hiring Program partnership with Horace Mann Educational Associates, Empower will invite 10 individuals on the autism spectrum to participate in the immersive program. We aim to hire five full-time associates for the fall.

Internal financial well-being study

The well-being of our associates is key to our long-term success, which currently has Empower administering more than $1.4 trillion in plan assets1 and 18 million1 Americans. To support the well-being of our associates, we will conduct an internal study to better understand what associates need to meet their own financial goals, and we will leverage the study’s findings in future white papers and thought leadership.


Improving sustainable investment options

As environmental, social, and governance capabilities evolve, and new investment opportunities come to market, retirement savers expect their own options to also evolve. As of December 31, 2022, Empower has more than 300 ESG funds2 available on the broad Empower platform and more than 150 on its Empower Select™ platform for plan sponsors to choose from.

Working toward net zero

In November 2021, Empower’s parent company, Great-West Lifeco, announced a commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. As a financial institution, our largest opportunity to address climate change stems from the activities we enable through our loans, investments, and insurance underwriting. We’ve continuously increased the proportion of general account investments for which we calculate financed emissions, and we’ve updated our baseline calculation. 


1 As of March 31, 2023. Information refers to all retirement business of Empower Annuity Insurance Company of America (EAICA) and its subsidiaries, including Empower Retirement, LLC; Empower Life & Annuity Insurance Company of New York (ELAINY); and Empower Annuity Insurance Company (EAIC), marketed under the Empower brand. EAICA’s consolidated total assets under administration (AUA) were $1,400.0B. AUA is a non-GAAP measure and does not reflect the financial stability or strength of a company. EAICA’s statutory assets total $74.6B and liabilities total $70.9B. ELAINY’s statutory assets total $7.1B and liabilities total $6.8B. EAIC’s statutory assets total $86.6B and liabilities total $85.3B.

On August 1, 2022, Empower announced that it is changing the names of various companies within its corporate group to align the names with the Empower brand. For more information regarding the name changes, please visit

2 ESG Funds as designated by Morningstar. Morningstar’s definition of an ESG Fund is: An indication whether the investment product uses ESG criteria as a central part or binding factors of their security-selection and portfolio-construction process. Strategies that incorporate ESG factors typically have explicit sustainable criteria that invested companies must meet. These strategies generally use some combination of positive screening, negative screening, and active engagement with the investee company or holding. These strategies endeavor to promote sustainability and minimize negative impact, without focusing on a specific theme or area of action.