Aviva is the world’s sixth largest (2) insurance group and the largest insurance services provider in the UK. We are the leading provider of life and pension products in Europe and are actively growing our long-term savings businesses in Asian markets and the USA. Our main business activities are long-term savings, fund management and general insurance, with worldwide total sales of £45.1 billion and funds under management of £379 billion at 31 December 2009. We have 46,000 employees serving over 50 million customers in 28 countries around the world.
Aviva and Corporate Responsibility
Aviva takes corporate responsibility seriously – in fact, in 2009 we made an overall community investment in the UK alone of over £3.8m. This included 4,328 Aviva volunteers giving over 53,000 hours for good causes, as well as hundreds of thousands of pounds in employee fundraising, matched funding and donations. The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index has ranked Aviva in the top 10 percent of socially responsible companies globally, and we are also recognised by the FTSE4Good Index. In addition, Aviva are rated Gold by Business in the Community and placed 54th in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, the 11th highest private sector employer.
Aviva works hard to demonstrate respect for the natural environment. We were the first global insurer to offset our carbon emissions in 2006, and have reduced energy consumption by 44% since then. Aviva are sponsors of Climate Week 2011, as well as being members of the United Nations Environment Programme, Climatewise, the Carbon Disclosure Project and the United Nations Global Compact.
The Aviva Street to School programme, in partnership with Railway Children, is educating children in the risks of running away, and helping vulnerable children living on the streets back into everyday life. Visit our Street to School website www.aviva-street-to-school.co.uk to find out more.
Aviva and Paying For It
Aviva has supported Paying for It since 2007. As an organisation we are committed to equipping young people with the economic awareness they need to confidently engage with society. We recognise the Citizenship Foundation as a great partner in achieving this and have seen very positive results over the past few years as the programme has developed.
As part of our commitment we encourage and train Aviva employees to volunteer and deliver the material in the secondary schools near to where they live and work. Since 2007, over 500 employees have volunteered, working with over 2,500 young people. We’re excited about the opportunities that Paying for It will provide for our employees and young people in the future.