Our commitment to respect human rights.
Our commitment to respect human rights is guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other internationally recognised human rights frameworks.
Our approach to modern slavery is part of our overall approach. We are committed to making sure there is no modern slavery in our operations.
One of our values is to ‘care more’. We care more about our customers, our people, and our communities – the societies we are part of.
Human rights concerns all of us, and are also core to our business interests.
We work across our business to deliver consistently on our commitments to:
- treat our customers fairly and protect their right to privacy
- promote equal opportunities and employee rights
- engage with our suppliers on human rights matters
- invest our money in a responsible manner.
The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
We are one of the founding partners of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). It ranks globally listed companies on their human rights performance so people can use the information to decide who they do business with.
Prevention of modern slavery
In March 2017 we published our first Modern Slavery Act statement detailing the work we undertook in 2016 to assess the risks of modern slavery in our own business. We published our second statement in April 2018 detailing the work we undertook in 2017. Our third statement was published in May 2019 detailing our 2018 work.
Reflecting on our history
We can trace Aviva’s history back over 300 years to 1696. Given our long heritage, there have been decisions, actions and behaviours made by our predecessors that are clearly unacceptable to us today and it is likely that Aviva insured people, or property, that enabled the slave trade. We should not deny or erase what happened in the past but ensure it does not happen in the future.
Today, we have a commitment to ensure there is no modern slavery in our business or supply chain and Aviva stands alongside those battling injustice and hate. Our ambition is to have a truly diverse and inclusive culture that enables everyone to be themselves and to thrive, no matter their background. As part of this, Aviva is supporting charities that support racial equality and diversity.