Responsible business

Always striving to do the right thing


Our sustainability ambition

As a global insurer with the power to influence, we knew we had to take the lead on climate action. That’s why in 2021 we launched the Aviva Sustainability Ambition, which includes our ambition to become Net Zero 2040, making us the first major UK financial services to set such an ambitious climate change goal. We’ll achieve this in various ways, including by making the right investments and reducing the emissions we produce in our operations – we’ve already reduced our operational CO2 emissions by 76% since 2010. We also recognise that strategic partnerships with trusted organisations are vital to meeting our goals. That’s why we’ve announced a new three year climate-focused partnership with the world’s leading conservation charity, WWF.

Alongside taking climate action, our sustainability ambition includes our aim to build stronger communities by, for example, encouraging development of more resilient homes and businesses. In 2021, we released our first UK Building Future Communities report, which sets out our seven calls for change that need to happen if we are to create a better tomorrow.

We’re also helping to build stronger communities through the Aviva Community Fund by providing thousands of causes with funding, skills and resources. We empower our people to get involved in how we support these charities, with volunteering funding, skill-sharing and volunteering opportunities.

Embedding sustainability

We’re people people, and we can’t be ourselves without treating each other right. That’s why we’ve taken steps to make sure everyone within our workforce and supply chains is paid a fair wage, and that their health and rights are respected.

From the very start, we empower employees through information on Climate Learning and Development, because we know creating a sustainable future takes more than us, ‘it takes you’.

We’re also determined to create a diverse and inclusive workplace by being there for all our people so that we can serve our customers and communities better. We’re doing this by tackling the gender pay cap and focusing on attracting and retaining talent from more ethnic minorities throughout our business.

We also ensure that throughout the recruitment process, we generate the least waste possible. For example, we don’t travel to recruitment events unless it’s absolutely necessary, and if it is, we limit our use of printed materials and don’t invest in throwaway giveaways or unnecessary catering. To demonstrate our commitment to this, we are signatories of The Sustainable Recruitment Alliance – a not-for-profit organisation that’s determined to make recruitment greener. You can find out more about SRA here.

Defending human rights

We’re people people, and we can’t be ourselves without treating each other right. That’s why we’ve taken steps to make sure everyone within our workforce and supply chains is paid a fair wage, and that their health and rights are respected.

We’ve assessed the ethical recruitment processes, policies and procedures of eight supply chains. We’ve also supported UK government to create new legislation holding businesses to account for human rights abuse, so we can stamp out modern slavery in the UK and around the world.

Putting our money where our mouth is

As long-term investors, we think we owe it to our customers, our colleagues and the world to pay attention to social, environmental and ethical factors. In fact, we were one of the first large asset managers to incorporate these factors into the criteria for roles in our investment team. As individuals and as one united team, we all play our part to make sure we’re funding ethical, sustainable businesses like ours.

In it together

Since we set up our Community Fund in 2009, we’ve supported thousands of causes with millions of pounds of funding, giving charities and do-gooders the chance to make a huge difference to their local communities.

We also give every Aviva employee 21 hours each year to switch their day job for community volunteering. That way, we give back, our colleagues give back, and together we make an even bigger difference.

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