Northern Trust upholds environmental stewardship and recognizes that we all are stakeholders in the future of our global environment.
Northern Trust recognizes that our long-term financial prospects, and those of our clients, are tied to the health of the planet. We commit to protecting and preserving the environment through the services we provide and by mitigating our environmental impacts. We conform to the principles of sustainability and try to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We seek to integrate environmental considerations into our decision-making process, and are committed to the continual improvement of our environmental practices.
Carbon Disclosure Project
Northern Trust is a signatory to and participant in the Carbon Disclosure Project. Northern Trust calculates and discloses its GHG emissions yearly using available data and assumptions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol of the World Resources Institute, and the World Business Council for Sustainable development. Our historic disclosures are available for review at www.cdproject.net.
Partners Think Green
Northern Trust's service groups have joined together to form the Partners Think Green (PTG) program. The Partners Think Green team promotes good sustainability habits to integrate the principles of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. By integrating these principles, into our lives both in work, and at home, we can minimize the effect our operations - and our lives - have on the environment. The Partners Think Green (PTG) team has established a network of "Think Green Champions" in our offices around the globe to assist in identifying opportunities for environmental improvement and to raise awareness of sustainability issues to Northern Trust partners on a local level.
Our supply chain contracts ask our vendors to detail their environmental policies and initiatives, which we use to determine whether their sustainability goals and operations align with those of Northern Trust. This upstream procurement policy helps us ensure environmental performance from our service and product suppliers.
United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
Northern Trust is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). As a member, Northern Trust collaborates with our peers to understand the current and emerging sustainability trends that are relative to the financial industry.
Connie L. Lindsey is Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust, Chicago. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the global Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy for Northern Trust and the development of goals, policies, and programs appropriate to the brand and business unit strategies. In addition, Ms. Lindsey provides oversight and leadership to the firm’s response to environmental matters as well as social issues, within the marketplace, workplace, and the community.
Prior to becoming the Head of CSR, Ms. Lindsey led the client servicing teams in the Public Entities and Institutions segment in the Corporate & Institutional Services business, serving public fund and not-for-profit clients. Over the course of her 20-year Northern Trust career, she has held a number of leadership roles, including Deputy Business Head in Operations and Technology, Group Head in Northern Trust’s Wealth Management business, Director of Enterprise Relationship Management, and Manager in Treasury Management Consulting and Product Management and holds the Certified Treasury Professional designation.
Ms. Lindsey is National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA, the highest-ranking volunteer of this 3.4 million-member organization. Ms. Lindsey joined the Girl Scouts board in 2005 and was elected National Board President in 2008 for a three-year term. She was re-elected to the role of National Board President at the 2011 convention for another three-year term. In this role she has provided guidance in three vital areas—policy, fund-raising, and leadership. Connie is an integral part of the Girl Scout transformation, committed to building and sustaining membership growth and ensuring girls receive a premier leadership development experience. She is a Leadership Circle Member for Vision 2020, a national project focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership.
Ms. Lindsey is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Green Schools, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Executive Leadership Council, Executives' Club of Chicago, Friends of Prentice Women’s Board member at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a Director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Club of Chicago. She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow in the class of 2001. Ms. Lindsey attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she majored in finance and has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Corporate Social Responsibility program. She is a public and motivational speaker on topics of diversity and inclusion, corporate responsibility, leadership, and personal and professional empowerment.
Ms. Lindsey has been profiled on national television on PBS’ 30GoodMinutes and ABC’s Heart and Soul. She has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Award, YWCA Outstanding Leader Award in Community Leadership, National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois-Advocacy Award, Ebony Magazine’s 2009 Power 150, Alpha Kappa Alpha Women Changing the World Award, Life Directions-Guiding Light Award, and the Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award. In 2011 Ms. Lindsey was honored with the Spirit of Achievement award by Loretto Hospital Foundation. She was the first woman to receive the award in its eight year history. The recognition established the Connie L. Lindsey, Cancer Resource Center at Loretto Hospital in Chicago. She is an Inroads, Inc. Alumna and has been inducted into the Inroads Alumni Hall of Fame.