Community

Monday, September 11, 2017

With Hurricane Irma impacting customers in Florida and neighboring states and Hurricane Harvey continuing to impact our customers in Texas, we recognize that many people may be struggling to cope.

We’re taking immediate actions to ensure that our customers and their employees are supported and covered.

For Our Customers

The Standard is modifying some of its operating procedures to give our customers the time they need to recover. As a result, the following changes are effective immediately: 

  • No lapse notices will be issued to affected customers: We will not issue any lapse notices for at least the next 60 days. We'll also work with our customers to extend the typical grace period for payment when appropriate.
  • Additional claims administration support: We'll partner with our customers to help administer their claims. The Standard will help affected customers by extending dates for back-up documentation and create special payment arrangements as necessary.
  • Onsite Trauma Support: Our Employee Assistance partner, Morneau Shepell, is providing onsite trauma support services for both EAP and non-EAP customers (at the EAP rate). If you would like to learn more about this service, contact your account manager at the number below or Morneau Shepell directly at 888.293.6948.

For help contacting your account manager, call 800.633.8575.

For Employees

We want to do everything we can to help make sure you receive your claim payment as quickly as possible, even if services are disrupted in your area. We also want to remind you of additional resources available to you and your family that can help you through this event.  Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Paying claims: We will work with customers who need our help by using alternate payment methods until disaster-related interruptions to postal and other services are resolved.
  • Providing additional support services: Your group benefits from The Standard may include these helpful services: Employee Assistance Program, Health Advocacy Solutions, Travel Assistance and our Life Services Toolkit.

You can receive help accessing your EAP services by calling 888.293.6948.

Crisis Support Line Now Open

We know our customers — and our communities — are in need of additional emotional support during this time so we’ve launched a Crisis Support Line to help them. It’s available to anyone who needs professional emotional support and/or a referral to community resources. 

The Crisis Support Line is open 24/7 and can be reached by calling 877.757.7587.

We're Here to Help You Focus On What Matters Most

We want you to know that The Standard cares about helping you recover from this unprecedented event. That’s why we’re here — to give you the peace of mind that you're covered. 

 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Charitable giving can be a strong employee engagement tool. Read how The Standard and its employees are supporting community organizations in the Employee Benefit News article, Charitable Giving Builds Strong Ties Between Employer, Community.

 

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Standard Charitable Foundation, Standard Insurance Company, and its employees and retirees together awarded more than $2.6 million across the nation last year to nonprofits. Giving focused on nonprofit organizations that share the company's emphasis on education, disability and empowerment, cultural development and healthy communities.

Through the company's matching gift program, employees and retirees donated to more than 780 nonprofits in communities where employees and customers of The Standard live and work. The Standard's employees also volunteered thousands of hours in their communities on company-donated time.

"In 2011, employees of The Standard continued rolling up their sleeves to lend a hand in the communities where we live and work," said Greg Ness, chairman, president and CEO of The Standard. "A company is a reflection of the values and passions of those who work there, and I'm very proud to be surrounded by coworkers who remain dedicated to our tradition of community support."

The Standard's 2011 Report to the Community outlines the company's philanthropic giving and highlights The Standard's employee volunteer and sustainability programs.

Below are a few highlights from the report:

  • The Standard's Volunteer Expo, held annually in Portland and Cincinnati, connects regional nonprofit organizations with employees and other members of the community, helping them find volunteer opportunities that match their skills and interests.
  • A partnership between Portland's De La Salle High School and The Standard provided paid work study, career and life skills opportunities for 28 students working one day each week at The Standard during the school year.
  • Blanchet House, a Portland-based nonprofit serving more than 800 meals daily to those in need since 1952, received a $50,000 grant over two years from The Standard Charitable Foundation to support construction of a new building.

View our Report to the Community.

Since 2006, The Standard Charitable Foundation, The Standard and its employees and retirees have contributed more than $12.5 million in grants and social investments. Read additional information about corporate community involvement.

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

For the third straight year, a team of 12 U.S. service members who were severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will compete in Oregon's iconic 2012 Hood to Coast Relay race. Team Warfighter Sports is the only team of wounded military to participate in Hood to Coast. This year's team brings 12 all new participants, with a wide range of disabilities including amputation, spinal cord injury, nerve and muscle damage, visual impairment and traumatic brain injury. The team is sponsored by The Standard, in partnership with Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA).

In an inspiring feat of resilience and courage, they'll take on the world-famous, 197-mile Hood to Coast Relay. Armed with the latest technology and the support of their teammates, Team Warfighter Sports will compete against more than 12,000 other runners in a grueling race that starts at Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mt. Hood and finishes at the city of Seaside on the Oregon coast.

"These individuals' ability not only to compete, but to excel, in an event as competitive and challenging as Hood to Coast is truly inspiring," said Greg Ness, chairman, president and CEO of The Standard. "We're excited to partner again this year with DSUSA, whose mission of providing rehabilitation and opportunity for wounded warriors mirrors The Standard's values."

Disabled Sports USA's Warfighter Sports program is a schedule of events that help military members with permanent disabilities train for and challenge themselves in extreme and endurance sports, as well as other recreational sports and competitions.

"We're pleased to partner with The Standard again in 2012 and bring a new team of warriors back to this one-of-a-kind event," said Kirk Bauer, executive director of Disabled Sports USA and a disabled Vietnam veteran. "Through rehabilitation sports programs, DSUSA has served thousands of severely injured service members from Iraq and Afghanistan who are now yearning for an opportunity to test their skills to the extreme, as they did in the military. Our Warfighter Sports program provides this — helping them to not just survive their injuries, but to thrive and achieve personal and professional success."

About The Standard

The Standard is a leading provider of financial products and services, including group and individual disability insurance, group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, group dental and vision insurance, absence management services, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com.

The Standard is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries: Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, Inc., StanCorp Mortgage Investors, Inc., StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., StanCorp Real Estate, LLC, and StanCorp Equities, Inc.

About Warfighter Sports

Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for severely wounded warriors in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters. Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, offering more than 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared healthy activities.

Contributions cover all expenses for participation, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals for the warrior and a family member. Since 2003, more than 6,000 of the most severely wounded and their families have been served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments and significant nerve and muscle damage. For more information, visit www.warfightersports.org.

 

Monday, August 13, 2012

On Thursday, September 6, 2012, The Standard's Volunteer Expo returns to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Now in its fourth year, the Volunteer Expo is the largest event of its kind in Oregon. This special event in the heart of downtown Portland connects 125 regional nonprofit organizations with thousands of Portlanders eager to make a difference in their community.

Representatives from a wide range of community-based organizations will be on hand to showcase their volunteer and advocacy opportunities so that attendees can find service and donation opportunities that match their skills and interests — ranging from one-time projects to longer-term commitments. In order to support growing interest from the nonprofit sector, the community and The Standard's 2,100 downtown employees, this event is free and open to the public.

"Hosting the Volunteer Expo four years in a row has been an incredible experience for The Standard and its employees, and based on the feedback from the nonprofit participants it makes a real difference in the community," said Greg Ness, chairman, president and CEO of The Standard. "Nonprofits have an invaluable impact on the community and on the lives of others. Volunteers and donors allow under-funded organizations to provide programs and services that would otherwise have to be reduced or eliminated. The Volunteer Expo creates opportunities for involvement and support at every level."

In partnership with New Avenues for Youth, Ben & Jerry's PartnerShop Scoop Shop is offering a free scoop of ice cream to attendees who connect with five or more nonprofits at the Expo. Just grab a Connect Card at the event and collect stamps on it as you visit the nonprofit booths. Those who collect at least five stamps can redeem them for one free scoop of Ben & Jerry's ice cream!

The 2012 Volunteer Expo takes place Thursday, September 6, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Avenue. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Standard is focusing on the future by hosting three Blink® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in a downtown Portland parking garage that serves employees and the public. The project is part of a federal study by the U.S. Department of Energy called The EV Project and is paid for in part by a public-private partnership that is managed by ECOtality.

Read more in the news release.

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Standard Charitable Foundation, The Standard, and its employees and retirees together contributed more than $2.4 million across the nation last year to nonprofits. Giving focused on nonprofit organizations that share the company's emphasis on education, disability and empowerment, cultural development and healthy communities.

Through the company's matching gift program, employees and retirees donated to nearly 1,000 nonprofits in communities where employees and customers of The Standard live and work. The Standard's employees also volunteered thousands of hours in their communities on company-donated time.

"In 2012, employees of The Standard donated their time, expertise and money to nonprofit organizations that help children learn and grow, feed and house those who face barriers to success, improve our environment and support the arts," said Greg Ness, chairman, president and CEO of The Standard.

The Standard's 2012 Report to the Community outlines the company's philanthropic giving and highlights The Standard's employee volunteer and sustainability efforts. Below are a few highlights from the report:

  • The Standard's Volunteer Expo, held annually in Portland and Cincinnati, connects regional nonprofit organizations with employees and other members of the community, helping them find volunteer opportunities that match their skills and interests.
  • The Standard supported Junior Achievement's Finance Park, a mobile, mini-city with 16 "businesses" created to provide a relevant, high-impact personal financial literacy program for middle and high school students. Charitable support from The Standard ensures this resource travels across Oregon and Southwest Washington giving young people the opportunity to learn about protecting their income with insurance and other tools.
  • A 2009 fire destroyed Dougy Center, a national nonprofit organization that provides help for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death. A $25,000 grant from The Standard helped the Center to rebuild and reopen.

View the 2012 Report to the Community. Since 2006, The Standard Charitable Foundation, The Standard and its employees and retirees have contributed nearly $15 million in grants and social investments. See additional information about corporate community involvement.

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

     Leadership build day kicks off a partnership providing homes for two families in need

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Orchards Project in southeast Portland, The Standard will launch a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build new homes for two families in need. In celebration of the partnership, Greg Ness, chairman, president and CEO of The Standard, will be joined by more than 30 members of The Standard's leadership team who will spend the day working at the SE Portland build site. Ness and his colleagues will strap on tool belts, swing hammers and raise the first wall.

"Habitat for Humanity provides a unique community benefit, helping those in need by engaging them in the hands-on construction of their future homes together with community volunteers," said Greg Ness. "At The Standard, we place high value on building healthy and sustainable communities, and we are proud to offer the financial support and employee volunteers necessary to build new homes with two families."

From April through October 2013, The Standard will encourage its more than 2,250 Oregon employees to participate in the build. As an additional incentive, employees will receive eight hours of paid time off to participate in the project.

"Thanks to the volunteer hours and donations provided by The Standard and its employees, we're creating a decent, affordable place to live for two families who desperately need it," said Steve Messinetti, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. "With the generous support of companies like The Standard, we can continue building the community we want to live in; the community where everyone has a safe place to call home."

Habitat for Humanity is also the beneficiary of The Standard's 2013 Jeans Day program, which gives employees the opportunity to wear jeans to work on Fridays in exchange for a donation of $100 to a nonprofit organization chosen annually by The Standard. Through the Jeans Day program and a dollar-for-dollar match by The Standard, more than $175,000 has been raised for Habitat for Humanity to support construction of the homes.

For more information about community involvement at The Standard, visit www.standard.com/community.

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

     Employee participation was a record-breaking 51 percent, up ten percent from 2011

During the 2012 Employee Giving Campaign, current and retired employees at The Standard pledged more than $870,000 benefiting more than 1,127 nonprofit organizations. After a dollar-for-dollar match by The Standard, total nonprofit contributions from the 2012 campaign will exceed $1.7 million.

Employee participation was a record-breaking 51 percent compared with 41 percent in 2011. These contributions, which are in addition to The Standard's regular corporate giving, are distributed to nonprofit organizations during 2013.

Habitat for Humanity is the beneficiary of The Standard's innovative Jeans Day program. The program encourages employees of The Standard to give $100 to Habitat for Humanity in exchange for the right to wear jeans to work on Fridays during 2013. The Standard matches these donations dollar-for-dollar, providing employees with an added incentive to give.

"The Standard's annual employee giving campaign continues to reflect the depth of our employees' commitment to supporting nonprofits and ultimately the well-being of their communities," said Greg Ness, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Standard. "More employees than ever are participating, and through their remarkable generosity they are helping hundreds of nonprofit organizations serve the communities in which we work and live," Ness added.

More than 1,500 current and retired employees pledged support during the campaign.

The following are among the many organizations receiving support (figures cited include pledges by employees and retirees and the dollar-for-dollar match by The Standard):

 

Portland Habitat for Humanity/Metro East$154,000
Oregon Food Bank$70,000
Work for Art$50,000
Mercy Corps$37,000
Oregon Humane Society$36,000
Oregon Public Broadcasting$32,000
Lake Oswego School District Foundation$25,000
University of Oregon Foundation$22,000
The Standard Charitable Foundation$19,000
Lewis & Clark College$16,000

 

For more information about community involvement at The Standard, visit www.standard.com/community.