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  • AXA’s power consumption decreased by 7% in 2012 compared to 2011, and achieved a 16% decrease between 2008 and 2012.

  • Ink cartridges are systematically recycled by local entities, and many of them voluntarily collect various waste streams for recycling (e.g., used batteries). In 2012, 51% of ink cartridges were recycled.

  • AXA’s water consumption decreased by 2% between 2011 and 2012, and achieved a 4% decrease compared to 2008 and 2012, which is below its 15% target.

  • The AXA Research Fund encourages scientific research that contributes to understanding and preventing environmental, life, and socioeconomic risks. Supporting innovative transdisciplinary projects, the Fund has committed more than $150 million to 410 research projects in 30 countries.

Working Together

Through the programs supported by AXA Hearts in Action, employees can volunteer to lend a hand, on their own time or during work hours, in communities where the brand operates. In 2013, 32,156 employees volunteered in charity projects around the world. Putting emphasis on AXA’s corporate responsibility flagship, Risk Research and Education, AXA’s skills-based volunteering aims to share the brand’s expertise in risk management and prevention with organizations. In that vein, the AXA Group has joined with CARE, the international humanitarian NGO, to help vulnerable populations better prepare for climate-related risks.

The Green Advantage

AXA’s business is about protecting people from unexpected events. On top of fulfilling its obligations as an insurer, the brand also leverages its risk expertise to empower society to better face risks through initiatives in research and education. In particular, AXA is aware of the role it can play in addressing climate change through improving understanding of global and local environmental risks. To reduce its own footprint, the brand is actively managing its energy, paper, and water consumption, as well as carbon emissions and waste. The brand also promotes employee volunteering through programs supported by AXA Hearts in Action. From mentoring and sharing skills to food drives and fund-raising, AXA is touching lives—and building its reputation as a company with heart—through its charitable efforts. Now, AXA must get more creative about how it communicates all the good it does.

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AXA environmental responsibility
AXA international volunteer program
AXA Risk Research and Education