Our people making a difference
To help strengthen the communities that we work in we're harnessing the passion and talent of our employees.
We encourage our markets to give Aviva employees paid volunteering days every year and in many markets we match the money they give and raise. In 2015 alone, employees contributed 40,828 hours of volunteering and gave or fundraised over £1.5 million. Our aim is to deliver 200,000 hours of volunteering and help 2.5 million people between 2015 and 2020. Not only is this great news for our communities, but it also helps us attract, engage and develop talented people. Its impact is shown in our “Voice of Aviva” results, where 80% of employees believe that Aviva is a good corporate citizen.
Ready When the Time Comes
In Canada, we were the first insurance company to join as a National Corporate Partner of the Canadian Red Cross' ‘Ready When the Time Comes’ program.
This program prepares Aviva Canada employees and their broker partners to mobilise as a community-based volunteer force when large-scale disasters strike in communities across the country. Volunteers help with a range of tasks including comforting people affected by disasters, distributing comfort kits and helping to run emergency shelters and reception centres.
In 2015 we had 420 employees and brokers sign up for the program, with over 260 Aviva volunteers now ready to respond. Through this national partnership we are able to help strengthen local communities from coast to coast.
Find out more about Aviva Canada at the 2015 Disaster Management Forum
Singapore Big Breakfast
In Singapore, Aviva’s people ran a “Big Breakfast” event supporting the work of their adopted charity partner, the Singapore Red Cross, to help children and elderly people from low-income families.
14 teams across the Aviva Singapore and Aviva Regional Office took charge of a stand and each concocted elaborate creations such as “cheesy choco-toast” and local dishes such as Char Bee Hoon. Our people were then welcomed to eat what they wanted and donate what they could.
Support came from the top, with Aviva Asia CEO Chris Wei and Aviva Singapore CEO Nishit Majmudar both making pancakes and waffles which were offered for sale.
In total, over a period of just two and half hours the teams made an impressive total of $24,282 (£13,660), including matched funding, with every dollar raised given to support the work of the Red Cross.