The annual general meeting of companies like Aviva is one of the big set-piece events on the year – when we report on our progress and seek the views of our shareholders.
And as the lights dimmed across the auditorium and the opening video at this year's AGM began to roll, it was fantastic to see the positive impacts of Aviva's responsible and sustainable business approach be brought to life on screen.
The video's prominence at the AGM showed how integral CR is to our business - it is at the heart of our values and how we behave as a responsible business and key to our efforts to create legacy and care more – two of our Aviva values.
That's everything from helping families get back on their feet after natural disasters, inspiring action around acting sustainably, especially around climate change and championing the interests of honest customers and society as a whole, for instance in our campaigns to dishonest whiplash claims in the UK
Funding bright ideas through the ACF
One of our flagship CR programmes is the Aviva Community Fund. Having started in Canada in 2007, in 2015 alone, the ACF saw £1.5 million of global prize funds awarded to over 600 projects across six markets.
And at this year's AGM, three of our UK ACF charity winners from 2015 were able to join us to talk to shareholders about the important work their charities do to strengthen their local communities. Epilepsy Sucks, Purple Patch Arts and YOPEY were each given a £2,500 donation as a thank you for their attendance.
Shareholders then voted for YOPEY, which sends young people into care homes where a high proportion of the residents have dementia, to be given an additional £5,000.
Tackling the big issues
We also used the AGM to highlight how we've re shaped our approach to corporate responsibility to help tackle important issues of our time, like people living longer, climate change, responsible investment and low trust in financial services companies.
You can read more about our approach in our 2015 Annual Report and our CR 2015 Summary.
If you want to delve deeper, take a look at our new www.Aviva.com/cr site where you can read more about our CR stories and our responsible and sustainable business strategy.
At Aviva we want to contribute towards a bright and sustainable future and we'll be continuing to share our global success stories, whether through the Aviva Community Fund winners, our work with organisations to tackle climate change or creating great new products – the list is endless!
So what do you think?
We'd love to hear what you think about our strategy.
What are your ideas for how we can tackle the big issues together?
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