Wednesday, March 9, 2011

LAB Names SAIF a Bicycle Friendly Business

Today at the National Bike Summit, the League of American Bicyclists announced SAIF Corporation was an honorable mention Bicycle Friendly Business. The League announced 55 other businesses as well as 20 universities with designations from bronze to platinum. Stanford University and New Belgium Brewing both attained platinum. The University of Oregon and Portland State University also attained silver.

SAIF is the first Salem-area business or university to be recognized.
SAIF is a not-for-profit, state-chartered public corporation created by an act of the Oregon legislature in 1913. Our income, earned exclusively from policyholder premiums and investment returns, pays our operating expenses and supports the financial health of the Industrial Accident Fund (the fund from which SAIF's operating expenses and claim costs are paid).

SAIF offers coverage to public and private employers in the state of Oregon and has nearly 48,000 policyholders who employ more than half a million Oregonians. Approximately one in three Oregon workers is employed by a SAIF-insured policyholder.
The recognition is part of SAIF's corporate social responsibility:
SAIF knows that being an industry leader means doing our best to tread lightly and not taking the environment for granted. We have adopted Governor Ted Kulongoski's aggressive goals for reduction of greenhouse gases, and we are working to reduce our carbon footprint along with other public agencies. By 2015, we plan to reduce our energy consumption to a level that is 20 percent below our consumption in the year 2000, as well as to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
SAIF has many campuses across the state, including locations in Salem, Portland, Bend, and Eugene.

The League says
The Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program recognizes employers’ efforts to encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere for employees and customers. The program honors innovative bike-friendly efforts and provides technical assistance and information to help companies and organizations become even better for bicyclists. This new initiative complements the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program, which has been recognizing cities and towns for their bicycle friendliness since 2003.

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