In 1991 we created AXA Hearts in Action, our international volunteer program. Founded in France under the name AXA Atout Coeur, the program now stretches from Europe to the Americas, Asia to Africa. Thanks to our shared core values and deep sense of corporate and social responsibility, each year sees more and more volunteers on local community projects. Our three main themes for volunteering activities are Environment and climate change, Health and disease prevention, Inequalities and social inclusion.
In 2018, more than 34,000 AXA employees gave back to communities, mainly through AXA Hearts in Action local programs set up in at least 38 AXA entities, making their skills and time available to conduct community investment projects. Their engagement represented approx. 97,000 hours, dedicated by AXA employees to volunteering activities (during working hours) – out of which 96% were done through AXA Hearts In Action programs. In addition, in 2018, AXA donated €25,8m in direct donations and more than €663K in in-kind contributions (this include for example electronics and household items) to charity. AXA also spent around €2,6m for the management of our philanthropic and volunteering activities – most of which is dedicated to AXA Hearts in Action local programs.
Additionnally, can be counted the data from the skill-based missions of AXA entities in France. In 2018, 65 employees performed volunteering skill-based missions at AXA Atout Coeur France (18 people), at Les Entreprises pour la Cité (1 person) and at various partner charities (46 people) as part of the AXA Expérience Solidaire program. In total, the salary expenditures paid over the 85,400 hours dedicated to these skill-based volunteering missions represent the equivalent of a €5.4 million donation.
And it’s not just about giving our time to a great cause, it’s about working together for a better future, sharing our knowledge and expertise as One AXA and helping vulnerable communities around the world. Through volunteering AXA supports people suffering from exclusion or disability, protects the environment and helps prevent health-related risks.
AXA Life Japan heartily supports the Japan Blind Football Association by providing assistance to blind players on the field.
AXA Bharti volunteers explain the dangers of sexual abuse to primary school students.
AXA Sigorta volunteers teach basic earthquake safety to children.
“AXA Belgium Support" participants work hard to clean a protected landmark.