Risk Research and Education
AXA's business is about protecting people from unexpected events and thus, we have a strong responsibility towards all our stakeholders. On top of fulfilling our obligations as an insurer towards our customers, employees, and business partners, we have a responsibility to use our skills, resources and risk expertise to create a stronger and safer society. We would like to leverage AXA's risk expertise to empower society to better face risk through initiatives in research and education.
We already have existing CR initiatives that are proof of this commitment and demonstrate our natural vocation for risk research and education.
AXA-CARE Risk Education Project
The AXA Group is joining with CARE, the international humanitarian NGO, to help vulnerable populations better prepare for climate-related risks.
This three-year partnership is part of AXA's Corporate Responsibility Policy which Flagship theme is Risk Research and Education. AXA and CARE have chosen to work together in two areas:
- Where the Rain Falls, an international research project, which will is conducted with the United Nations University in India and Thailand, Peru and Tanzania. It aims first at better understanding the impacts that changes in rainfall patterns have on vulnerable people regarding food insecurity and migration, and then helping them address these challenges through adaptation projects.
- Programs aimed at raising awareness on natural disaster prevention, targeting communities that are particularly exposed to this type of risks in emerging countries. These projects, whose objective is to reduce the human and economic impacts of such disasters, are implemented in Madagascar, Mali, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Work in both areas began in early 2011. AXA Group's employees took part in a Corporate Responsibility Week about Risk Education on June 2011 and helped CARE launch a Disaster Risk Reduction project in Mali.
CARE © Amelia Andrews / AXA Philippines © Walter Villa
AXA Research Fund
"The AXA Research Fund was created in 2008 to encourage scientific research that would contribute to understanding and preventing environmental, life, and socio-economic risks. The Fund supports world class research in these areas by providing institutions with the means of attracting and retaining the leading scientists of today and of the next generation. The Fund seeks to support innovative and cutting-edge transdisciplinary projects, particularly as such projects may encounter difficulties in gaining support elsewhere."
Ezra Suleiman, President of the Scientific Board for the AXA Research Fund.
AXA Prévention: making the roads safe for motorcyclists
For more than 20 years, AXA France has founded AXA Prévention, a non-profit organization that contributes to the development of responsible behavior through actions aimed at informing and educating the public about the risks of the road. The objective is to get people to make behavioral adjustments needed to make the road safer for themselves and others by reducing the number and severity of accidents.
AXA Ireland has been working to encourage road and driver safety since 2000. To date, AXA Ireland has financed seven prevention campaigns and invested more than 4 million euros in initiatives aimed at preventing road accidents. Since 2001, AXA has been a partner of the Roadsafe Roadshow program.
"On a Green Light" was the name of AXA Czech Republic's campaign, aiming to protect children against road accidents. A battle plan was therefore drawn up, starting off with a test carried out with four primary schools. This involved asking the children to sketch their routes for walking to school and indicate any dangerous points. Their feedback was then submitted to the town councils and police stations concerned. The result: the authorities have adopted a new approach and done everything to improve safety at the dangerous locations mentioned. The outcome from this test has been positive: accident levels have dropped significantly. In 2008, AXA will continue with this campaign, providing funds for the primary and high schools, which will then be able to continue with their prevention initiatives.