2023 Purpose, inclusion and citizenship video message with Penny Pennington transcript
Announcer: Penny Pennington, Managing Partner Edward Jones
In 2022, we celebrated our 100-year anniversary, marking 100 years of impacting the lives of people, through the lives and work of our Edward Jones family.
We recently embarked on a study to determine our overall economic impact, considering both our direct impact and the effects of our support of suppliers and employees across the U.S. and Canada. We estimate that in 2021, Edward Jones supported more than 141 thousand jobs and contributed $20B to our two countries’ Gross Domestic Products. Those numbers represent people, and positive impact on their lives.
We’re Partnering for Lasting Financial Strength to help people achieve what’s most important to them by growing financial knowledge and building long-lasting financial strength.
The financial service industry has historically not been built for all. We seek to change that by serving more people and helping them achieve more possibilities in their lives. One of the ways we do this is through our Financial Fitness initiative which has helped nearly 450,000 students and adults increase their financial literacy since 2020.
We’re Promoting Healthier Futures so that more people can live enriching lives. We’ve been the National Presenting Sponsor for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® since 2016 and have pledged to raise $50 million by the end of 2025 for the fight to end Alzheimer’s. We also promote healthier futures through our history of environmental stewardship and our support for the choices our clients make to invest according to their values and desires.
Finally, we’re Advancing Inclusive Growth so that everyone has the opportunity to thrive personally and professionally. Our five-point commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion includes goals toward greater representation of women and people of color among our colleagues. We recognize that fostering prosperity for everyone begins within our own walls.
We have deeply invested in our clients, our colleagues, and communities for 100 years. When our clients and investors are thriving, so do our neighborhoods and communities.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our purpose, and for partnering with us in our journey.