AXA Committed to Disaster Risk Reduction

On the occasion of the 2014 International Day for Disaster Reduction-UNISDR, find out how AXA, as a global insurer and risk management expert, is increasingly contributing to sustainably manage and reduce disasters risks. ALL NEWS  |  Commitment
Oct 13, 2014

The number and severity of natural disasters has been increasing at an alarming rate for the past thirty years. Every year, hundreds of natural disasters happen all over the world and have devastating human and economic impacts. The stunning toll of natural disasters led the UN General Assembly to establish UNISDR, the secretariat in charge of the coordination of disaster risk reduction. This organization is also responsible for the implementation of the international blueprint for disaster risk reduction, the "Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters" (HFA).

In 2013, AXA joined the UNISDR. Since then, the group has made significant progress in its efforts to address climate risks and build resilience. AXA's Climate Risks commitments were communicated publicly by Denis Duverne (Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Finance, Strategy and Operations) at the Annual General Meeting of the Private Sector Partnership with UNISDR on last July 11.

If one cannot prevent disasters from happening, it's still possible to reduce their effects by preparing oneself: this is the belief of AXA who is committed to building a safer society, notably through the work of the AXA Research Fund. It has already developed seven major academic chairs on the subject, supports 94 research projects in this area and shares lessons in partnership with National Geographic.

In 2014, AXA also renewed its partnership with CARE to raise awareness on natural disaster prevention, targeting communities that are particularly exposed to this type of risks in emerging countries.

This is a long-term commitment. AXA is contributing to the building of the next international blueprint for disaster risk reduction coming in 2015 (HFA2) by providing its expertise in risk research and education as well as risk management and prevention.