The Aviva Blog
In this blog we aim to show how Aviva's values underpin everything we do today and how we are working towards our ambition of meeting our customers' needs better and more simply than anyone else.
The contributors come from across Aviva's businesses and are sharing their personal perspectives, in their own words. This blog is a companion to our @avivaplc Twitter feed, and our Linked In and You Tube channels.
Life’s better if you’ve got the right partner. And at Aviva, we love partnerships. Not just partnering with other businesses to help our customers, but also partnering with other experts, such as NGOs. It’s a great way to have an even greater positive impact on the lives of our customers and society, so that we can help even more people defy uncertainly.
Aviva's Matt Deakin blogs about the mapathons we've held in 2016 to support Red Cross Week and International Day for Disaster Reduction, involving our people from right across the globe.
First published by Health Insurance & Protection Daily on World Mental Health Day, Managing Director of Group Protection at Aviva plc Steve Bridger blogs about psychological first aid.
160 years after her death, Ada Lovelace is still one of the most iconic women in tech history. Aviva's Paula Thomson writes about why she admires her and the importance of encouraging girls into tech.
Volunteering can be rewarding, both personally and professionally. At Aviva full-time employees have up to 21 hours paid time off work per holiday year to spend supporting causes close to their hearts.
Here Aviva's Andrew Reid blogs about his recent experience volunteering at the Joel Community Trust, a night shelter for homeless people.
Aviva’s Hugo Deadman blogs about the Great Fire of London – a historical event that created an extraordinary legacy and gave birth to the insurance industry of today.
Aviva’s Amy Chen blogs about her experience volunteering to support the Legal Social Mobility Partnership (LSMP) initiative, which works to break down the social and psychological barriers that might mean students from disadvantaged backgrounds, think a career in the law is out of their reach.
Aviva’s Liz Kennett blogs about the benefits of travel insurance and the importance of taking out a policy at the same time as booking a holiday.
Aviva Investors’ Steve Waygood blogs from the 2016 UN World Investment Forum in Nairobi, where the Aviva & Corporate Knights 2016 Sustainable Stock Exchange Report was launched this week.
Iain Hamilton, Head of Pricing and Underwriting for Personal Lines at Aviva’s UK General Insurance, talks about giving evidence to the UK Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, setting out how we’re encouraging our customers to have resilient and flood-resistant repairs which help minimise damage and allow them to be back in their properties sooner after a flood.
Aviva is supporting UK Armed Forces Day on 25 June with a number of activities across Aviva sites. In this blog, Aviva’s Property and Facilities Director, Stuart Wright, reflects on his time in the military, how this has benefitted him since working for Aviva and what it means to be an Armed Forces-friendly employer.
Aviva's Lauren Peel discusses the work she's been doing as part of Aviva Pride and her recent "Rising Star in Diversity" award win from WeAreTheCity, an organisation that supports female talent.
David Schofield, Aviva’s Group Head of Corporate Responsibility, blogs about this year’s AGM and how Aviva’s responsible and sustainable approach is helping to create a legacy that will last.
Aviva's Steve Davis shares his experiences of helping people and communities in need through his work as a First Aider and as a volunteer for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service through the Red Cross.
The Aviva Blog - 17 May 2016
Subjects: International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
Author: Laurence Beckett
Aviva's Laurence Beckett shares his thoughts on why we need more out LGBT allies in the work place and describes what a rewarding experience it is to be one.
Aviva’s Damian Cross blogs about working with customers in emergency situations and helping get them quickly back on their feet after a crisis.
Adam Uszpolewicz, CEO of Aviva Poland, blogs about his participation in a recent panel debate in Brussels on the European Commission’s Green Paper on Retail Financial Services, how the Green Paper will inject more financial choice & competition into Europe and what this means for EU consumers.
Aviva's Gavin Scaife blogs about our partnership with the Red Cross and the difference we can make to customers at times of crisis. Not just repairing the physical upset but supporting the emotional impacts too.
Aviva's Amanda Mackenzie blogs on her experience as part of Project Everyone, working with the UN to make the Global Goals for Sustainable Development famous.
First published by Health Insurance & Protection Daily, Managing Director of Group Protection at Aviva plc Steve Bridger blogs on how a 'pre-hab' support programme for employees could help stop short-term absence becoming a long-term problem for employers.
Aviva’s Zelda Bentham blogs about her first climate summit in Paris and what the changes meant to Aviva. She explores Aviva’s fulfilments and future commitments in the effort to shrink our carbon footprint leading up to 2020.
Steve Waygood of Aviva illustrates the feel of COP21 and shares his pleasures of being a part of an organisation that became the first carbon neutral insurer on a worldwide basis, setting an ambitious emissions reduction targets of 50% by 2030 in light of the summit.
Aviva’s Simon Oswald echoes the role of the stock exchange in climate change and the positive effects it could have on creating sustainable businesses. He warns against an apathetic stance on a persistent situation…
Aviva’s very own Sam White strikes us with alarming figures on the potential catastrophe climate change presents and what it would mean in both human and financial terms globally. He effortlessly highlights Aviva’s support of an ambitious global deal to limit climate change to two degrees or less.
Without the right policies to keep people safe from extreme weather conditions and rising seas, climate change could drive over 100 million more people into poverty by 2030. The Paris Summit is in its second week – the aim is to sign a new, legally binding climate change agreement for 2020. Here's an update from our very own Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Sustainability who is at the summit right now…
Aviva's Victor Riega blogs about what we do in our business to respect human rights and how the initiatives we support are helping fight inequality & injustice.
Aviva’s Karen Arthur writes about the work of our Tenants’ Contents Insurance Unit and Aviva’s contribution to ending extreme poverty, one of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Aviva’s Dave Lovely blogs about improving and simplifying communications to help get SMEs back on their feet after a disaster.
Paul Heybourne from Aviva's Global Innovation team discusses how we’re changing as a business by getting rid of paper and observes how the digital push towards a paperless future is changing society.
Julie Higman from Aviva's Income Protection team writes about the support we provide to 7Families, a charity led campaign that provides a tax-free income for one year to seven people who can't work because of a long-term illness or disability.
Is industrial deafness the new whiplash for personal injury lawyers? Aviva's Dave Lovely looks at the number of claims Aviva has received since 2009 and what is behind the rise.
We are living longer. But long life doesn't equate with better health – whether that's because we don't exercise enough, eat a balanced diet or because we will fall victim to illnesses associated with old age. But help is at hand – or more exactly in your pocket. Dr Umang Patel writes about the impact technology is having on your health.
Alison Cole recently attended a day long event at The Guardian with our partners on Aviva’s Street to School Programme to celebrate what we’ve achieved together, and to think through how we make the most of what we’ve learned as it comes to an end.
Robert Ledger writes about new figures from Aviva, the UK’s largest SME insurer, that show UK businesses may be burying their heads in the sand and leaving themselves financially vulnerable should they suffer an incident that interrupts their normal business operations.
Aviva teams from around the UK manned the phones, held raffles and bake sales, and cycled 436 miles to help raise money for Children in Need. Matt Parkhouse writes about his highlights.
Amanda Mackenzie shares her thoughts about Aviva's Street to School initiative and the legacy it has created.
Simon Warsop looks at Aviva’s claims data that shows burglaries, vandalism and house fires increase sharply over Halloween and Bonfire Night, with vandalism alone rocketing up 160% at Halloween.
Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer at Aviva Investors, writes about creating a sustainable future for our business and making decisions that don’t just work today but stack up in 5,10,20 years to come.
Children unregistered at birth or without any identification documents are often excluded from accessing education, health care and social security. Aviva’s group head of CR, David Schofield, writes about the work we have done with charity partner Plan UK to help children in Indonesia get their births registered.
This week James Dalby, Aviva’s Market Intelligence manager comments on the savings gap – a huge issue for companies like Aviva providing income in retirement and for the millions of people up and down the UK who depend on them for that income.
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