Sustainable finance and the Sustainable Development Goals

How we’re supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

On 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.  

For the goals to be successfully reached by 2030, everyone needs to play their part. Governments, the private sector, civil society and each and every one of us. We believe businesses like ours have a key role in helping achieve this vision. 

Since issuing our first insurance policy over 300 years ago, we’ve never been afraid to tackle the big issues. With current challenges such as ageing populations and climate change, our ambition needs to be bigger than at any time in our history. 

We believe the Sustainable Development Goals can guide us, our customers, and society towards a brighter, sustainable future:

One of our core values is to ‘create legacy’ or as I call it, being a good ancestor

- Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer

Our Group Chief Executive, Mark Wilson, addressed the UN General Assembly at the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals. He called on the best minds in the UN and financial world to work together to  mobilise  private finance and put capital markets onto a more sustainable footing. Watch the video:

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Aviva is a founding partner of Project Everyone. This initiative, backed by the UN and the Gates Foundation, aims to make everyone aware of the Sustainable Development Goals so they have the best chance of being met. It reached an estimated three billion people through the launch alone.

We are spearheading the establishment of public, transparent and authoritative league tables of companies’ contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. In September 2017, we launched the global consultation to establish the World Benchmarking Alliance and we are engaging with a range of governments and wider stakeholders worldwide. 

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