LONDON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate its 25th anniversary as a global brand, Aon plc (NYSE:AON), the leading provider of global risk management and human resource consulting and outsourcing, today is providing 25,000 hours of service in the communities in which it conducts business. Aon's Global Service Day, in which colleagues in more than 120 countries will volunteer their time and efforts, is an outgrowth of the firm's ongoing commitment to being a responsible global citizen.
Aon today also released its 2012 Global Citizenship Report, which presents the full scope of the firm's ability to empower results for clients, colleagues and communities around the world. The report highlights Aon's mission and social benefit, the work it performs on behalf of clients, its focus on ethics, governance and sustainability, and its global charitable contributions.
As part of the firm's global mission, Aon's company-wide service day provides colleagues with the opportunity to take time off from their work to engage in local charitable activities that benefit their communities. These activities and programs focus on providing assistance to local organizations that empower people and serve communities at risk. Aon conducted similar company-wide service days in 2007 to celebrate its 20th anniversary and in 2010 to commemorate the launch of the firm's role as principal partner and global shirt sponsor of Manchester United.
"The core of any corporation's citizenship is how its business contributes to society and especially to the communities where its employees live and work," said Greg Case, Aon plc president and chief executive officer. "Aon's Global Service Day celebrates how our colleagues around the world come together for one purpose: to empower results for clients, colleagues and communities.
"Aon's global citizenship report demonstrates how our colleagues are united in our business, our values and our giving. By helping clients manage two of the most important issues in the global economy today – risk and people – Aon colleagues have a daily, positive impact on their communities and on our society as a whole."
Aon's 2012 Global Citizenship Report describes how the firm, through The Aon Foundation, its global partnership with Manchester United and the powerful spirit of volunteerism of Aon's colleagues, contributes time, expertise and funding to global, national and local philanthropic organizations. Examples range from local orphanages in Kenya and food banks in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to global organizations such as the Red Cross and Red Crescent, United Way and UNICEF.
As part of Global Service Day, colleagues will contribute to these and other organizations:
- Bermuda – Working with the Eliza DoLittle Society and the Bermuda National Trust to cook meals for the homeless and performing weeding and planting activities at a nature reserve
- Canada – Supporting food banks and soup kitchens with collections and volunteer support in Calgary, Montreal, Nova Scotia, Sarnia, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg
- Chile – Through the Father Semeria Foundation, working on facility improvement projects and social activities for young people at this children's home
- Ecuador – Building houses for the homeless in concert with Un Techo para mi Pais
- Hong Kong – In support of UNICEF, The Salvation Army, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals & YWCA, volunteering with elderly community members to celebrate the coming Tuen Ng Festival and holding coin and book collections
- South Africa – Working with Green Pastures preschool, Children with Cancer Foundation and Bowie House to provide facility improvements at the local preschool, visit with patients in the pediatric cancer ward and support care of AIDS-affected orphans
- South Korea and Malaysia – Hosting blood drives at local Aon offices in support of the Korea Red Cross and the National Blood Centre
- United Kingdom – Conducting facility improvement projects at Stepney City Farm, a community-based farm and rural crafts center in Stepney, East London; at Spitalfields City Farm, a farm that provides training in animal care and farming practices; and at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, a 33-acre park that is used as an outdoor classroom by more than 7,000 local school children
- United States – Supporting a number of organizations including Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics and the American Heart Association; participating in blood drives and facility improvement projects; and volunteering at local food banks and homeless shelters.
To download Aon's 2012 Global Citizenship Report or for more information on the firm's global citizenship activities, visit www.aon.com/globalcitizenship .
Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 62,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world's best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit http://www.aon.com for more information on Aon and http://www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon's global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.
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