AIG Canada is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we work, live and serve our customers. We strive to focus our efforts in areas where it is needed most – in communities faced with natural or man-made disasters and to individuals and families seeking a path to better health and self-sufficiency. A significant portion of our community giving is directed to health-related initiatives that holds the promise of improving lives.
AIG Canada’s Volunteer Time-off Program encourages employees to take two paid business days off per year in order to participate in AIG Canada’s outreach program. AIG supports employee Volunteer Month in April and the insurance industry Week of Giving in October. AIG Canada’s corporate social responsibility goes beyond donating money or volunteering time to worthy causes. It’s about operating in a way that is responsible to our customers and our staff, that is respectful of the environment and that is supportive of the communities in which we live and work.
Making a positive impact in the communities where we live and do business has always been a top priority of AIG. As a responsible corporate citizen, we give back through programs and partnerships that leverage the skills, experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm of our employees and the businesses they represent. We are very proud of the support and relief our contributions and efforts are providing. Click here to read our Corporate Citizenship Report.
Highlights of AIG Canada's 2016 efforts:
For 50 years, AIG Canada has led the way by assuming the risks of many of Canada’s most ground-breaking organizations. To mark the anniversary, employees celebrated National Tree Day by doing some ground-breaking of their own. Approximately 170 employees planted close to 600 trees in Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto, Hoy Creek Linear Park in Vancouver and Iroquois Park in Montreal. The purpose of the planting was to restore native species that are capable of thriving in their respective ecosystem.
AIG Canada donated $50,000.00 to the Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal in support of Canadians displaced by wildfires in Northern Alberta. In response to the worst natural disaster in Canadian history, AIG Canada sought to stand firmly with the community and its policyholders to help rebuild the lives and businesses of this diverse and vibrant community. Looking for more ways to help, employees in AIG’s Toronto and Vancouver offices raised $1,300.00 by hosting a bake sale. All proceeds benefited the Red Cross Alberta Wildfires Appeal.
Since 2011, AIG Canada has participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Ride for Research. Pit against its fellow insurers, employees from AIG Canada’s Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal offices took to stationary bikes in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Ride for Research. This year, AIG Canada took home the Top Fundraising Team award for the insurance sector. Since 2011, AIG Canada and its employees have raised approximately $90,000 to advance Juvenile Diabetes research in Canada.
In 2016, AIG Canada became a national sponsor of WICC (Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade). Since WICC’s inception two decades ago, it has raised approximately $13 million towards eradicating cancer by supporting many of Canada’s most important research projects. Few organizations have galvanized the insurance industry more than WICC. This endowment demonstrates AIG Canada’s commitment to the health and ultimately the prosperity of all Canadians.
AIG employees from its Toronto office donned hardhats and steel-toe boots in support of two Habitat for Humanity build projects. In a city where affordable housing is challenging to find, AIG also provided a financial donation to help cover construction costs. Team AIG accomplished a great deal including the installation of drywall and staircases and foundation work in two townhouse complexes located in the city’s east and west ends.
In support of alleviating homelessness in Calgary, AIG Canada donated funds in support of RESOLVE. RESOLVE is a partnership of nine established, experienced and respected Calgary social service agencies that have come together along with government with a single one-time goal: create affordable rental housing, with support for up to 3,000 vulnerable and homeless Calgarians.
Since 2015, AIG Canada has supported Junior Achievement, the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. As part of this relationship, employees from AIG’s Toronto office taught “Economics of Success” to eighth grade classes at a nearby middle school. The curriculum, developed by Junior Achievement, emphasized self-exploratory exercises to determine students’ personal strengths and interests. Supplementing this effort was a corporate donation to support its employees’ in-class teaching.
AIG Canada donated funds to the William H. McGannon Foundation in support of scholarships, research grants and student involvement to advance risk management by way of education, research, mentorship and work experience programs. The Foundation was established following the release of a study by the RIMS Canada Council in 1999 that evaluated the need for a Canadian organization to support risk management education and advance the profession of risk management in Canada.
Every year since the inception of the program, AIG Canada employees from its Toronto office participate in this annual city clean up. From Mailroom Attendant to Chief Executive Officer, the AIG Canada team is committed to doing its part for the upkeep of its urban space.
CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish provides toys to disadvantaged children who might not receive a holiday gift otherwise. AIG Canada has been supporting this cause for the past 37 years and raised funds through a Christmas raffle. To supplement this effort, the employees of AIG Canada donated presents to two groups that the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish say are often neglected in their holiday drives: infants and young teenagers.
Employees from AIG Canada’s Vancouver office supported the Vancouver Food Bank by packing and sorting donated goods. To supplement the effort of its employees, AIG Canada donated funds to help alleviate hunger in Vancouver. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank provides assistance to help address the immediate needs of the community, and recognizes that emergency food as a standalone is not a long-term solution. In 2013, they completed the organization’s first strategic plan and are moving beyond food in isolation into a model that helps foster a path towards self-sufficiency. This is a model rooted in education, empowerment and sustainability.
AIG Canada donated funds to the Inside Ride in support of Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. The Inside Ride is Canada’s first indoor cycling challenge and fundraising event dedicated to raising funds in support of children with cancer and their families. Support is provided where the needs are greatest, including funding of oncology camps, family support programs, survivor scholarships and other areas which contribute to inspiring hope and improving prognoses for children and their families impacted by cancer.
To mark AIG’s Month of Service, AIG Canada’s Women & Allies Employee Resource Group organized a volunteer day at Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter. Ernestine’s Women's Shelter is an organization run by women that provides support and shelter for women and children escaping violence. Ernestine's assists women and children in rebuilding their lives by providing crisis intervention and a range of holistic support services, while acknowledging the multitude of issues facing survivors of abuse. Since its inception, Ernestine's has assisted over 5,000 families with critical immediate care services. In addition to volunteering at the facility, AIG Canada’s Women & Allies made a significant food donation to the shelter.
As a long-time supporter of Dress for Success, employees from AIG Canada’s Montreal office helped the organization with their onsite merchandizing efforts. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
AIG Canada has been a steadfast supporter of the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Annual Gala. The Gala provides much-needed support for vital programming provided by Starlight Children’s Foundation. The event has raised over $6.5 million to date in support of Starlight’s work, as a result of the tremendous philanthropic spirit and generosity of sponsorships, pledges and donations. Starlight programs aim to replace for a moment, the aches and tears of treatment, with a renewed smile and sense of strength and hope.