At Travelers, we manage risk for our customers. We have been doing that successfully for more than 160 years. As we look ahead, sustaining our success requires that we do that and more.
Our continued success requires that we do three things successfully: perform, transform and make good on the Travelers Promise.
At Travelers, perform means executing on our long-term financial strategy to generate industry-leading returns on equity over time. In each of the past 10 years, we have outperformed the industry in terms of average return on equity, and, as a consequence, in creating shareholder value. By continuing to execute successfully on our long-term financial strategy, we will continue to outperform and create shareholder value.
Our formidable competitive advantages are the foundation of our success. However, we understand that the competitive advantages that have fueled our achievements over the past decade will not necessarily be the same as those we will need to continue to lead for the next decade. Consequently, transform means positioning the company to continue to perform by ensuring that our competitive advantages remain relevant and differentiating tomorrow and 10 years from tomorrow. To that end, we have embraced an ambitious innovation agenda guided by our vision to be the undeniable choice for the customer and an indispensable partner for our agents and brokers.
Perform is how we deliver industry-leading results today, and transform is the way we prepare to do so tomorrow. Each depends on the other, and both depend on one thing: the Travelers Promise.
The Travelers Promise is a commitment to take care of our customers, our communities and each other. This includes being there to help our customers recover after the storm, and also giving them the security they need to invest in their families and businesses. It also includes caring for the communities in which we live and work by supporting academic and career success, and promoting the development of thriving neighborhoods and enriched communities. Finally, it is about making Travelers a great place to work for our diverse workforce, the best talent in the industry, and a great partner for our agents and brokers. In the end, the Travelers Promise is about taking care of the people we are privileged to serve.
Put another way, for Travelers, sustainability comes down to this: Only by successfully delivering on our perform and transform agenda will we earn the resources we need to keep the Travelers Promise. And only by faithfully keeping the Travelers Promise will we earn the support of key stakeholders essential to our perform and transform success. That is how we are going to deliver results next quarter and succeed for the next quarter century.
With that in mind, I invite you to read on about the ways we are driving sustainability at Travelers.
Alan Schnitzer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer