Supporting our communities
By working with the right organisations to challenge the environmental and social issues that impact our business we aim to bring about positive changes for the communities in which we operate.
Business can often be the biggest contributor to community development – providing jobs, prosperity and investment to communities. However, making a difference to the communities in which we operate through voluntary partnerships with charities and not-for-profit organisations is an integral part of our social responsibility strategy. We provide financial support to local and national charities; and encourage our employees to get involved in fundraising, and volunteering.
Through our Community Programme, we aim to:
- Support charities and voluntary initiatives in the community that are relevant to our business objectives and brand values;
- Increase financial contributions through company donations, employee fundraising and payroll giving;
- Maximise contribution delivered through non-financial means, such as employee volunteering;
- Create lasting value for our community partners and employees through training and skills development;
- Maximise the value of our partnerships, by measuring key performance indicators.
We work with a number of charities in the UK aligned to our community programme aims.
We give direct financial contributions to our chosen charity partners and encourage employees to fundraising by matching their donations. We also enable employees to support charities of their choice, in a tax-efficient way, by regularly donating through ‘payroll giving’ – and we match 10%.
In the event of a natural disaster that prompts an appeal by the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), Allianz will respond by offering an immediate one-off payroll giving facility through which employees can make a donation to the disaster appeal.
Association of Air Ambulance Charity
We are proud to support the Association of Air Ambulances Charity, supporting air ambulances nationally; saving lives locally. Our new corporate charity partnership, which launched on 1st February, will run for at least the next three years. During this time we aim to raise £1 million to support air ambulance services across the country.
The AAAC works with all 20 regional air ambulance charities in the UK; between them they operate 37 aircraft and provide a lifesaving service across the UK. The partnership between Allianz and the AAAC will have a positive impact on the ability of these charities to reach critically ill and injured people across the country. The resources to undertake further night flights and update equipment (such as allowing for the carriage of blood) are just two examples of how this fundraising will help expand the service of the AAAC and help give patients the best chance of recovery and rehabilitation.
As the world’s largest motor insurer, road safety is a major issue for us as road traffic incidents can have a devastating effect on people’s lives. Air Ambulances are the first point of call for any major road traffic collision (RTC), which account for around 50% of all incidents the air ambulances attend. But with Paramedics and Doctors on-board, the helicopters bring hospital treatment to the roadside. In these circumstances minutes can save lives; and early treatment gives patients the best chance at recovery and rehabilitation
On a local basis, each of our offices are paired with their nearest regional air ambulance - this means employee fundraising will be supporting life-saving services in their local area.
Here are some facts that you may not know about Air Ambulances:
- On average each air ambulance treats two seriously ill patients every day
- Air ambulances play a critical role in saving the lives of people suffering from trauma and medical illness
- Every mission costs on average £2,500
- Each aircraft costs on average £2.5 million to operate each year
- Air Ambulances receive no National Lottery or government funding
The Prince’s Trust
Youth unemployment has become the single biggest social issue we face in our community, and is undoubtedly a national issue. The Prince’s Trust gives practical and financial support to 14 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law and helps them to develop key workplace skills. Since 1976 it has helped more than 600,000 young people.
We have supported the Prince’s Trust since 2005 and are a bronze-level patron. We aim to utilise the skills of our employees through volunteering with the Prince’s Trust to help young people enjoy a better the future. Our employees are offered volunteering opportunities to deliver workshops as part of the Trust’s Team programme: “Work Placement” workshops; and “CV and Interview Skills”. By delivering the workshops, our employees will not only help the young people on the programmes; but also develop their own skills - including communication, leadership and management, presenting, adaptability, problem-solving, team work, and project management.
In the event of a natural disaster that prompts an appeal by the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), Allianz will respond by offering an immediate one-off payroll giving facility through which employees can make a tax-efficient donation to the disaster appeal. This donation will be channelled through Care International, our chosen international emergency partner for employee donations in the UK.
Crises occur regularly throughout the world. We cannot respond to them all. DEC Appeals are reserved for major disasters and emergencies which cannot be dealt with by the usual in-country coping mechanisms, and where DEC member agencies are in a position to respond quickly and effectively. DEC Members have to be able to make a difference and be confident that they can spend public donations effectively.
We encourage all our employees to contribute their time, skills and passion to their local communities and support them with 10 hours paid volunteering leave each year. We believe volunteering is a great way for employees to develop communication and leadership skills as well as building relationships within teams. Our employees take pride in supporting their local communities and they tell us that its one of the things that makes us a great place to work.
In 2014, 28% of Allianz employees took part in volunteering in their communities; overall contributing nearly 9,000 hours of time and skills to local causes. This is a significant increase from 2013, when 19% of employees pariticpated, contributing 6,300 hours.
Our Corporate Community Investment (CCI) data is collected on an annual basis (January to December).
|Year||Cash donations (£)||Cost of Volunteering (£)||Management time (£)||Gifts in Kind (£)||Total CCI(£)|
|Year||Employees participating in volunteering (%)||Number of hours volunteering|
|Year||Employee Fundraising (£)||Employee Payroll Giving (£)||Customer Donations (£)||Other sources (£)||Total (£)|