Henri de Castries
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AXA (2000-2016)

AXA's core purpose is to protect people over the long term: this means we have a responsibility to help build a safer society, for our customers and for our communities. I am convinced that spending time for everyone's protection is part of our mission, and I am really pleased to see so many employees engaged to help society better face risks through so many different actions across the world.

The main goal with CR Week is to offer opportunities for the Group's employees to give their time to support risk education and prevention for everyone. For 2015, the fifth CR Week event will be focusing on climate risks, particularly with the "All committed for the environment" challenge.

Since 2011, Corporate Responsibility Week ("CR Week") has become a benchmark international event for employee engagement.

Every year, more and more AXA employees are getting involved: 56,000 participants in 2013, 77,000 in 2014.

In 2014, employees shared all the CSR initiatives around the world and were also invited to make a personal commitment, volunteering with local charities chosen by each Group entity. Every hour spent volunteering on education and prevention activities was converted into euros and the funds raised were donated to risk education projects.

To set out their own commitment and invite all employees worldwide to register for CR Week activities, Management Committee members volunteered with young apprentices from Apprentis d'Auteuil, the French charity supported by AXA Hearts in Action.

Here are some examples of what has been planned around the world:

  • In France, AXA is organizing various events, including roundtable sessions with experts from AXA, the French national center for scientific research (CNRS) and the NGO CARE on the impacts and solutions faced with climate change.
  • In Morocco, the Group's employees will be taking part in efforts to clean up a public park in Casablanca.
  • At AXA Corporate Solutions, Thursday will offer opportunities for employees to get involved in actions to clean up pollution along the banks of the River Seine and in the Bois de Vincennes forest.
  • In the United States, AXA US, in association with Central Park Conservancy, will be carrying out weeding work in Central Park.

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