Corporate Sustainability

Letter to Shareholders

Dear Fellow Shareholders:

From the very foundational stages of Southern First’s beginning 21 years ago, our mission was predicated on impacting lives in the communities we serve. Today, corporate sustainability takes on new meaning as we navigate rapidly changing circumstances, but we remain committed to our founding purpose: impacting lives.

This starts with our people. Our people make up the fabric of our company and protecting their health and safety has been top of mind as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We were swift to transition to a work from home environment until we could safely bring our team back with restrictive measures in place. We are incredibly proud of the empathy and dedication of our team members who work tirelessly to support our clients during challenging times.

Whether delivering meals to homebound individuals in the community, donating supplies to local schools, or conducting financial literacy and reading programs with students, our team emulates our value of service to the community. We experience first-hand in our conversations with local business owners, community members, and families the positive impact of our services and volunteer efforts.

A commitment to transparency has always been a hallmark of our core values and will continue to remain part of Southern First’s business strategy. We believe that our strong credit culture is sustained through robust corporate governance, including transparency and shared decision-making. In addition, we openly discuss our financial and operational performance with our entire team, and we welcome regular feedback from our employees to continuously improve together.

We are pleased to publish our inaugural Environmental, Social, and Governance “ESG” Report and will continue to champion sustainability in our business and with our stakeholders. We are here for the long term and are committed to doing our part to further a sustainable economy.

R. Arthur Seaver,
Jr. Chief Executive Officer

Corporate Sustainability Documents


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