I have learned from my interactions with Shatterproof and health and safety officials, as well as friends and employees who’ve lost loved ones to opioid overdoses, that one of the most impactful ways to fight the national opioid crisis is to directly address the stigma associated with addiction. Stigma can stand in the way of individuals seeking help when they need it most. The Hartford is committed to addressing stigma by engaging with empathy and projecting hope to our employees, customers and communities. I encourage all business leaders to consider joining us and Shatterproof, to take action to end addiction stigma and remove this hurdle for those who might otherwise seek timely help with substance misuse. Working together, we can overcome the opioid crisis.

christopher swift, the hartford’s chairman and ceo

Founding Partners

Founding partners have demonstrated a commitment to leading the movement to End Addiction Stigma. They are organizations supporting the movement with critical resources, thought leadership, and by fueling the adoption of change in their organizations and communities.

  • The Hartford

    The Hartford

    Provided cornerstone financial gift along with significant support from executive leadership as a leading thought partner on the topic of addiction stigma.

  • Brian Mendell Memorial Fund

    Brian Mendell Memorial Foundation

    Provided cornerstone financial gift.

    It was Brian’s last wish that people would understand he was not a bad person, rather a good person with a treatable disease.

  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    State of Pennsylvania

    Committed to delivering a first-of-its kind, evidence-based health communications campaign to reduce the stigma surrounding OUD in Pennsylvania.


Member organizations supporting the movement through financial support and by implementing change in their organizations and communities.

  • Axial
  • Emergent

To learn more about how you or your organization can Join The Movement, please contact CorporatePartners@Shatterproof.org

Coalition Members

Organizations collaborating on resources and thought leadership to drive social change.

  • McKinsey & Company

    McKinsey & Company

    Management consulting firm offering pro-bono support through the Center for Societal Benefit through Healthcare. Provided thorough research and logistical support and has committed to change within their organization.

  • Dell Medical School

    Dell Medical School

    Academic health system working to end addiction stigma among providers and to ensure compassionate and effective treatment of people with substance use disorders.

  • National Safety Council

    National Safety Council

    National nonprofit committed to engaging their 50,000+ employer members to reduce stigma surrounding addiction in the workplace and beyond.

  • The Public Goods Projects

    The Public Goods Project

    Health communications nonprofit offering substantial thought partnership and expertise regarding the development of Shatterproof’s stigma reduction campaign.

  • Milken Institute

    The Milken Institute

    Milken Institute has played a critical advisory role on outreach and positioning to advance stigma reducing efforts.

  • Mental Health Coalition

    The Mental Health Coalition

    National nonprofit including passionate and influential organizations, brands, and individuals who have joined forces to end the stigma surrounding mental health and change the way people talk about, and care for, mental illness.

National Academy of Medicine

We would also like to thank the National Academy of Medicine. The National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic facilitated a separate, blinded, and academically rigorous peer review of Shatterproof’s “A Movement to End Addiction Stigma White Paper” on a pro-bono basis, to provide additional academic rigor for Shatterproof’s national stigma campaign. The views expressed in the White Paper are those of the authors and not necessarily of the National Academy of Medicine or the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Education Partners

Organizations committed to educating their employees and communities through Just Five©, a key first-step to reduce stigma.

  • Optum logo
  • Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare
  • Mitchell Stores
  • Dakota Behavioral Health
  • New Directions