Partnering with the experts

In our business, we know the power of partnerships. They help to solve problems and tackle issues in society by bringing together different skills and different viewpoints.

We have close ties with a range of diverse organisations, from NGOs to other businesses, public sector bodies and international organisations like the United Nations.

The Oxfam 365 Alliance

Oxfam water tank delivery

As an insurer, we understand the life-changing impact of losing a home or a loved one. That’s why, in 2006, we became a founding partner of Oxfam 365, the international aid agency’s emergency fund. We’re committed to continue our support until the end of next year.

Oxfam 365 supports disaster relief operations. Having funds that are available immediately enables it to make grants and loans to its rapid-response humanitarian teams around the world, even before public funding is available.

Since the partnership began, Aviva has contributed over £1 million. We estimate our support has enabled Oxfam to help over half a million people in the wake of natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Norwich City's Community Sports Foundation

Railway Children

We teamed up with Norwich City Community Sports Foundation to deliver Classroom Champions, a range of cross-curricular activities for local primary schoolchildren. The six-week programme involves classroom-based sessions using Norwich City Football Club as a tool to deliver literacy and numeracy activities, followed by football coaching sessions.

We also work with the club to support the CSF’s Sporting Light Appeal, which encourages people with disabilities into sport. At the match against Fulham in December 2013, we hosted a FanPic event to get fans to tag themselves, driving awareness and fundraising through social media.



In line with our long-term commitment to highlighting men’s health issues and offering cover to ease financial worries during treatment for critical illnesses, we continue to be a high-profile supporter of Movember. This annual campaign encourages men to grow moustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

Players at Aviva Premiership rugby clubs were sponsored to grow moustaches during November. We donated £2,000 to the charity on behalf of Dylan Hartley, Northampton Saints, the player with the best ‘Mo’ – as voted for by fans via Facebook and Twitter. We also encouraged our own Facebook followers to join in Movember and over 75 UK employees did so.

Ahead of Movember we released previously unpublished details of private medical insurance and critical illness claims relating to male-specific cancers.

Robert Morrison, chief underwriter for Aviva says: “It’s very clear from our data that men’s cancers are a significant cause of claims, so it’s great to see initiatives like Movember raising awareness of men’s health issues. 

“If prostate cancer is diagnosed early enough, the recovery rate tends to be very good. This is why we offer additional payments for critical illness customers diagnosed with early prostate cancer. This type of payment can help to ease financial pressures – for example if people need to take time off work for treatment – but cover remains in place with the full sum unaffected.

Supporting entrepreneurship

Our Turkish business, Aviva SA, is one of the main sponsors of GBEV, an organisation that runs a range of entrepreneurship programmes in Turkey. This gives young people practical experience of the world of enterprise.

Students learn how to take a business idea from concept to reality, forming their own business and discovering first-hand how a company works. They elect a board of directors from among their peers, and then market and finance a product or service of their choice. At the end of the programme, they present a report and accounts to their shareholders.

Last year, 18 Aviva staff became volunteer advisors, helping students to take part in the company programme.