At the heart of Aon’s work is a mission to empower economic and human possibility. The “why” of what we do matters. It matters to our clients. It matters to our colleagues. And it matters to the communities we operate in.
By enabling organizations to take risks, we create positive social impact every day – driving innovation and economic growth, and helping millions of people recover and thrive in the face of adversity.
Today, Aon’s ability to influence society for the better has never been greater. “We place $110 billion in risk premium each year, touch $4 trillion in global pension assets, and direct over $180 billion in health care premiums and equivalents on an annual basis,” says Christa Davies, Chief Financial Officer, Aon.
Our work fundamentally impacts people around the world. “It’s the difference between keeping and losing a job, the chance to live a longer, more dignified and healthier life, and the ability to see opportunity rather than antagonism in an interconnected world,” says Eric Andersen, Chief Executive Officer, Aon Benfield.
Aon’s Empower Results site gives just a few examples of how we create economic and human possibility every day.
Examples like our work in sustainable energy, where our renewable solutions are accelerating investment in offshore wind farms and making clean sources of power more cost-effective. Or our work in Cambodia, where Aon’s ImpactOnDemand software – originally designed to help businesses forecast weather risks – is enabling more effective deployment of humanitarian aid after natural disasters.
Neither of these projects were corporate social responsibility initiatives. They were an intrinsic part of the work we do every day. “The commercial impact of our innovation is significant, but the long-term social impact is even greater,” says Michael O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, Aon Risk Solutions.
It starts with our commitment to diversity, inclusion and opportunity. Our apprenticeship program – a trailblazing initiative that established the UK gold standard for apprenticeships in our industry – has opened doors for those who might not have been able to afford the university degree that normally begins the path to a professional career.
Strong partnerships allow us to further broaden the potential of our impact. As a global sponsor of Manchester United, Aon realized it could play a unique leadership role in convening other organizations to stamp out homophobia – on and off the field. TeamPride, an award-winning campaign designed to promote LGBTQ inclusion in sport, reached nearly 9 million people in Great Britain and set an example of true sportsmanship and acceptance for future generations to come.
Around the world, Aon is helping to build the global workforce of the future through partnerships with organizations like the China Literacy Foundation, Create Foundation in Australia, and the OM Foundation in India – as well as helping communities prepare for and respond to disasters with the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and United Way.
Since 2007, the Aon Foundation has donated more than $100 million to philanthropic organizations worldwide. But perhaps most importantly, we volunteer to take an active role in the communities around us. On Aon’s Empower Results Day for Communities, colleagues in countries around the world join together in 500 different activities to serve their local communities – from helping at childcare centers, to building houses.
“We have the ability to touch individual lives in a way that addresses the broader social issues of our time,” says Greg Case, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aon. “We are at a moment in history where the stakes are incredibly high. And at Aon, we’re proud to be in a position to influence the outcome.”