More Than a Quarter of a Million Trees to Be Planted on Behalf of Car Insurer’s Customers

To thank customers who opt to use less paper and do business electronically, Progressive will plant more than a quarter of a million trees in U.S. National Forests countrywide. Also, this month, Progressive began offering a discount to customers who choose to go paperless.

The program is simple: customers can choose to enroll in the company’s Paperless Policy option and opt to receive just bills, or bills and policy documents, electronically. If they do, Progressive will plant a tree in their honor.

Most of the trees will be planted later this year–with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation–in U.S. National Forests damaged by wildfires, insects or disease.

“This program is a win-win for everyone. Trees are saved and forests restored, and customers eliminate clutter, have increased security, and get faster delivery of important documents,” said Christine Johnson, Progressive’s customer experience manager. “We can also reduce our costs by conserving resources used to print and ship bills and other policy documents–while also doing our part to help the environment and improve the customer experience.”

The Paperless Policy option is available to all Progressive private passenger auto customers–whether they bought directly from the company or through one of the more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies that represent it.

The paperless discount is currently available in Colorado; more states will be added throughout the rest of the year. Customers who buy from an independent agent will receive a 5 percent discount; those who buy from Progressive directly will receive, on average, a 3 percent discount.

About Progressive

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, in business since 1937, is the country’s third largest auto insurance group and largest seller of motorcycle and personal watercraft policies based on premiums written, and is a market leader in commercial auto insurance.

Progressive is committed to becoming consumers’ #1 choice for auto insurance by providing competitive rates and products that meet drivers’ needs throughout their lifetimes, superior online and in-person customer service, and best-in-class, 24-hour claims service, including its concierge level of claims service available at service centers located in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.

Progressive companies offer consumers choices in how to shop for, buy and manage their auto insurance policies. Progressive offers its products, including personal and commercial auto, motorcycle, boat and recreational vehicle insurance, through more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the U.S. and online and by phone directly from the Company. Private passenger auto products and prices are different when purchased directly from Progressive or through independent agencies. To find an agent or to get a quote, go to www.progressive.com.

The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, are publicly traded at (NYSE:PGR).

About The Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, conservation and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.