Letter from Independent Directors to Stockholders
April 8, 2019
Thank you for trusting us to oversee the long-term prosperity of Allstate. We are committed to operating with transparency and use this letter to communicate the Board’s major initiatives in 2018.
Governance and Stewardship
Investor Engagement Over the last year, we reached out to stockholders representing almost 40% of Allstate’s outstanding shares and discussed governance and sustainability topics, including Allstate’s political contributions disclosures. Allstate currently issues an annual report on political involvement that lists political expenditures by category and the largest recipients. Last year, a stockholder proposal requiring disclosure of additional funding details for trade associations and political candidates did not receive majority support from stockholders, but we decided to enhance our governance as shown on the right.
In response to our investor engagement, governance enhancements include:
- The nominating and governance committee will review the political contributions program semi-annually, and
- The chief risk officer will provide an annual risk and return assessment of political activities to the full Board, and the results will be reported to stockholders.
Board Effectiveness We evaluate Board performance at every meeting and conduct an evaluation annually. We made several enhancements to our processes and schedule to maximize effectiveness, including:
- Utilized additional educational sessions outside of formal Board meetings,
- Met in small groups without agendas at every other meeting to share ideas and build stronger working relationships,
- Expanded meetings between directors and high performing officers to provide a broader set of perspectives, and
- Retained an external consultant to facilitate the annual evaluation and benchmark the Board’s performance against peers.
Risk and Return Oversight The full Board has oversight of risk and return given the strong linkage to strategy and operating performance, and our risk and return committee provides additional reviews. Oversight of Allstate’s enterprise risk and return program included several enhancements during the year:
- Enterprise risk-return principles were expanded to better reflect the risks associated with the non-insurance businesses and the implications of increased use of data and analytics,
- Management improved the process to determine economic capital in response to an external review overseen by the risk and return committee last year,
- Operational risk oversight was expanded to include integrated enterprise reporting, additional metrics, and linkage to cybersecurity initiatives, and
- The audit committee’s relationship with an independent cybersecurity advisor was maintained to provide additional capabilities and perspective in this rapidly evolving area.
Allstate’s Purpose Allstate’s strategic goal is to increase its market share in protecting people from life’s uncertainties. This year, we oversaw:
- Growth in policies in force of 2.4% by the property-liability businesses leading to a $1.5 billion (4.8%) increase in insurance premiums earned,
- Greater use of telematics in auto insurance and additional investment in Arity, the telematics platform created by Allstate,
- Rapid growth of SquareTrade, which added almost 30 million protection policies,
- Initiation of a significant relationship with a transportation network company, increasing diversification into commercial auto insurance, and
- Expansion into identity protection with the acquisition of InfoArmor.
- Named one of the 50 companies changing the world by Fortune for the second consecutive year, and
- Ranked as a top 10 innovator amongst 752 companies by The Wall Street Journal/Drucker Institute.
Human Capital Management and Succession Planning Attracting, developing and retaining top talent is necessary for Allstate to create shareholder value. Talent development and succession planning are discussed quarterly, and the Board meets regularly with senior leaders and reviews:
- Survey results that measure culture and employee empowerment, engagement and alignment with corporate strategy,
- Investments in employee development,
- Allstate agency satisfaction,
- Practices to increase the diversity of employees and managers,
- Gender and minority equity within compensation programs,
- Competitiveness of benefits and compensation packages, and
- Opportunities for re-skilling and training employees.
We also work to ensure alignment of our executive compensation program with the long-term interests of stockholders. No significant changes were made to our program in 2018.
We welcome your feedback and pledge to continue to independently represent your interests. Thank you for your continued support.
|KERMIT R. CRAWFORD|
|SIDDHARTH N. (BOBBY) MEHTA|
|GREGG M. SHERRILL|
|MICHAEL L. ESKEW|
|JACQUES P. PEROLD|
|JUDITH A. SPRIESER|
|MARGARET M. KEANE|
|PERRY M. TRAQUINA|