Corporate Social Responsibility

Empowering Possibility in Our Communities

Empowering Possibility in Our Communities

Aon South Africa's Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Programme is a deliberate, focused, coherent and progressive programme. It is well-coordinated and guided by a common policy framework and committee of employees which ensures that CSI is regarded as a strategic business function throughout the business, rather than on an ad-hoc basis.

We take our community responsibilities seriously. Our mantra is that we give back to those communities in which we do business, and considering Aon plc does business in more than 120 countries, this leaves us a wide scope for charitable work.

Our aim is to maximise the positive social and economic contribution and minimise the environmental impacts of our business operations. Engagement with key stakeholders is fundamental to Aon's approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and includes clients, employees, business partners, suppliers, shareholders and the communities in which we live and work.

The Aon CSR Committee is responsible for determining the structure and objectives of our community programme and all colleagues are responsible for taking a responsible attitude to CSR, ensuring Aon can make a positive social, economic and environmental contribution. Aon's community programmes encourage colleagues to become actively involved in the communities in which they live and work. In fact, we consider this not just an essential corporate citizenship, but an excellent personal development opportunity for our colleagues.

While our CSI strategy is ably driven by a committee of individuals across the business, Aon has a policy of ensuring that employees are involved in our CSI activities and take an active ownership role.

We do this through a formal employee volunteer programme where employees are encouraged to volunteer on set days during the year at a range of community development projects. We also encourage our staff to nominate projects which may fall outside of our identified CSI focus areas. It is incredibly gratifying to see the level of involvement and commitment of our people to charitable causes. In fact, our CSI programme is an important employee engagement tool for us.

Aon typically gets involved in programmes that revolve around the following three tenets:

  • Education of children in primary schools, high school and university levels
  • HIV/Aids
  • Vulnerable mothers and children

A major drive for Aon going forward is that of education that results in the employability of an individual, or providing them with the skills and confidence to start their own businesses. One simply has to look at the crisis of unemployment and education in our country to realise that as a business we need to support and supplement government initiatives to assist young people with the skills, mentorship, leadership training and fundamental business skills in order for them to break out of the cycle of poverty and unemployment.

We have been and continue to be involved in numerous CSI programmes, some of the recent highlights include:

School Education for Silindile

Silindile is profoundly deaf in both ears and lives in an informal settlement in Kliptown, Soweto. Aon covers her school fees at St Vincent's school for the deaf in Rosebank – this will be for her entire school career until matric graduation. In addition, Aon also covers the costs of her hearing aids, stationery, school uniform, additional clothing and transport costs. With the support of Aon and contributors, Silindile and her family are able to eat healthier food, afford clothing and personal items and provide an excellent education for Silindile that would otherwise be out of reach.

Empowering results for our Communities Day

Every year Aon colleagues around the globe take part in ‘Empower Communities Day' which takes place in June. On this day, Aon colleagues donate countless hours of service and skills to help improve local communities across Aon's global and local footprint.

100 Club

Aon runs a charity initiative called the "100 Club" where employees elect to have a specific amount deducted from their salary on a monthly basis.

The money collected is split into two equal amounts. One half is donated to a charity and the other is given back to employees in the form of three cash prizes.

This club has been in place since 2011 and we have donated thousands of Rands to more than 50 charities.

Knit-a-thon

Every year we encourage colleagues countrywide to knit scarves or squares for blankets. These are donated to children in previously disadvantaged communities.

Santa Treasure Box

Each year we choose a children's orphanage and each donor selects a child to make up a beautiful gift box for them. Colleagues are requested to ensure that the following items are included: basic toiletries, stationery items, an age appropriate toy and an item of clothing. The objective is to ensure that every child receives their very own gift to open on Christmas day. This has been a very rewarding initiative as colleagues have been able to meet and connect with the children in person.

Over time, we have built relationships with these children and visit them every two months to celebrate their birthdays with them. Each child receives a gift and a personalised cup cake. This small gesture really makes each child feel special.

CANSA Shavathon

Annually colleagues are encouraged to shave, spray their hair or wear a wig and donate R50 towards this initiative.

Mandela Day

Each year we choose a facility / organisation where colleagues are encouraged to donate 67 minutes to their charity of choice.

National Charity Days

Over the past years we have sold stickers to raise funds for the following charities:

  • Heart & Stroke Foundation - February
  • Tekkie Tax - May
  • National Casual Day - September
  • Slipper Day - August
  • Breast Cancer Month – October
  • World Aids Day – 1 December

Habitat for Humanity

Aon partnered with Habitat for Humanity to work in the community of Orange Farm where colleagues assisted with painting, plastering and other construction type work. Habitat for humanity is an organisation that believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. Orange Farm is a township located approximately 45 kms from Johannesburg in the province of Gauteng. It is one of the youngest townships in South Africa.

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