Zurich Financial Services Australia has held its third annual global community week, partnering with local charity groups to provide financial support.
As part of the initiative Zurich employees participated in a number of fundraising activities through the week including company trivia, an executive cake decorating challenge, ‘back to school’ day and a community fair, which gave charities the chance so showcase their work.
“The initiative was started to bring our Zurich communities together through activities and action,” Zurich chief executive, life and investments Australia Colin Morgan told ifa.
“We believe it is very important to measure the impact we have and how we can improve year on year.
“We are committed to our communities. Our community are where our customers, our people and our shareholders live and work.”
For the second year in a row, Zurich offered to match the money raised by its employees over the course of the week.
Participating charities included Zurich’s partner in Australia, The Smith Family, as well as OzHarvest, the Melanoma Institute of Australia, The Red Cross and Dress for Success.
In addition, Aon Hewitt general manager Jayson Walker attended the event as a partner of Zurich, as Aon Hewitt is also a sponsor of The Smith Family.
Mr Morgan said the donations that Zurich provides to The Smith Family go towards a Learning for Life program which helps disadvantaged Australians with education.
“While we can be proud of the contribution to society Zurich makes through our core business of insurance, we must also give back to our communities through our talent, time and resources,” Mr Morgan said.
“We will continue to drive our corporate responsibility strategy through communicate and engagement.
“The biggest impact Zurich can have is to integrate corporate responsibility considerations into day to day operations.”
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