More Than Words at GB
At Gallagher Bassett we understand the importance of being a socially responsible company. That’s why we strive to promote environmental, social and economic benefits to the communities where we live and work. We believe in running our business with integrity and strong values, and are proud of the culture we foster in our workplaces.
Our Global Standards of Business Conduct are a cornerstone to our organisation. These explain our most important legal and compliance obligations, and also describe the shared values that motivate our decision-making and guide our actions every day.
We are all accountable for understanding and following the laws, policies, rules and regulations that affect our jobs and the company. We take into consideration specific local environments and requirements.
By following both the letter and spirit of applicable laws and the Gallagher Way values, we help to protect our clients, our company and build our reputation for integrity.
Whether we are working to help our communities, the environment or striving to always be an ethical company, GB’s employees are making a difference around the world.
World’s Most Ethical Company
According to Ethisphere, this award is designed to acknowledge companies that ‘truly go beyond making statements about doing business “ethically” and translate those words into action. Honorees not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices today.’
Gentle Bear is GB’s symbol for acts of caring, compassion and charity. He is not your typical teddy bear. He is an adventurer, explorer and a fearless partner on any new journey. On the outside, Gentle Bear might just look cute, but deep down he has a greater purpose. He represents all that GB stands for. Gentle Bear is a symbol of caring and comfort during times of loss and trauma. As claims professionals, we encounter people at the most vulnerable times in their lives. Our mission is to compassionately guide them through this process and guard what is most important to them. By doing so, we help get them back to a normal, secure life.
Gentle Bear came to existence through collaboration between GB and a valued client to find a way to help the client’s employees, while also giving back to the community. GB was doing work for the South Australia Police Department and exploring ways to minimise Post Traumatic Stress. GB’s SA General Manager, Paul Easter (an ex-police officer himself), proposed the idea of sponsoring teddy bears that could be carried in police and other emergency vehicles and handed out to young children involved in events such as serious road traffic accidents and domestic violence. The teddy bear serves as an emotional aid to distract a child’s attention from the immediate, distressing situation by providing a recognisable, reassuring and safe object to latch on to.
Since his introduction, more than 2,000 GB Gentle Bears have been handed out in Australia. The SA Police still use the bear, and other state police services, such as Victoria and NT Police, have joined the program. In fact, Gentle Bear is just about to start his first international assignment with the New Zealand Police.
Gentle Bear first appeared in police vehicles, but he has been used in other emergency vehicles as well. For example, in recent bush fires in Australia, Gentle Bear was donated to the State Emergency Services to again act as a trauma teddy for young children.
For more information visit Gentle Bear’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/gbgentlebear, where you can view photos of Gentle Bear in action at events of caring, compassion and charity.