Allianz employees have raised 500,000 euros for SOS Children’s Villages International as part of a fundraising drive that saw Allianz runners cover 1.37 million kilometers.
The donation kicks off the joint Emergency Preparedness program as part of the global partnership between Allianz and SOS Children’s Villages International. The second Allianz World Run saw over 10,000 employees from 55 countries track their running activities over 90 days.
The joint initiative aims to provide SOS Children’s Villages customized Emergency Preparedness packages based on a thorough analysis of risks specific to each location. The packages supply immediate aid and support to those affected by catastrophes. Allianz was able to apply its risk management expertise to the project.
As part of the 2017 Allianz World Run, the ten Children's Villages in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Mali, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine will be provided with such tailor-made rescue packages. These include equipment like tents, boats, food, water treatment gear, and medical supplies.
“I am proud that our Allianz employees supported the World Run once again with so much dedication and athletic ambition,” stated Oliver Bäte, CEO of Allianz SE. “It was amazing to see people lace up their shoes literally run out the office after work, sometimes alone, sometimes in groups. They were motivated and wanted to get directly involved. Protecting Children’s Villages from risks, like the consequences of climate change, is something Allianz employees take personally.”
Norbert Meder, CEO of SOS Children's Villages International, said, “The global partnership with Allianz will help us reach our most important goal: giving the children and youth in the SOS Children's Villages a safe and caring home. We are very pleased to welcome one of the participants of this year's Allianz World Run to the SOS Children's Village in Quito, Ecuador in September so that we can show first-hand just how much your donations have contributed to our projects.”
All in all, over 20,000 Allianz employees have covered almost 3 million kilometers during the Allianz World Run 2016 and 2017, raising 1.1 million euros in donations. Allianz holds the world record for the “longest cumulative run (90 days, one team).”
The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 86 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing over 650 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers while our asset managers Allianz Global Investors and PIMCO manage an additional 1.3 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold a leading position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2016, over 140,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenue of 122 billion euros and an operating profit of 11 billion euros for the group.
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental social development organization, founded in Austria in 1949 by Hermann Gmeiner. His basic idea still holds true today: every child should benefit from having a mother, brothers and sisters, and be able to live in a house and a village, growing up with a feeling of belonging and security. Based on these four simple principles, SOS Children’s Villages have grown over the years into an international organization that helps children and their families all over the world. Funded mainly by individual donors, SOS operates 571 villages in 134 countries, as well as more than 1,900 additional facilities such as kindergartens, schools, youth facilities, vocational training centers, and medical centers (hospitals). SOS also sets up emergency relief programs in order to help victims of natural disasters, war or crisis.
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