Protection isn’t just our product
It’s our passion. That’s why Zurich employees give beyond expectations. Since 2012, our employees have volunteered the equivalent of nearly 80 years of work weeks* to nonprofits that align with our vision and values, including our six core charities, the disaster resilience nonprofit SBP, and nearly 400 local nonprofits. Over two years, our employees gave $1.3 million during workplace fundraisers and our annual A Time for Giving campaign. Our matching gift program doubled that sum.
*Based on 166,292 hours volunteered since 2012.
“We build and strengthen our communities when we take
care of each other.”
Operations Analyst, Zurich North America Life, New York
As Zurich’s Core Charity Co-Champion for United Way in New York City, Jocelyn led volunteer events at New York Common Pantry and Housing Works and hosted a record-attendance United Way Lunch ‘n Learn with North America Commercial Insurance Head Paul Horgan. Jocelyn has organized donations of professional clothing and toiletries, as well as tutoring and mentoring, for the Leadership and Public Service High School near Wall Street. In 2017 Jocelyn earned a Zurich Community Investment Volunteer Award. “If we want to live in a kind and compassionate world,” Jocelyn says, “we need to do kind and compassionate acts.”
A meeting of missions, muscle and minds: SBP
Mission-related giving and skills-based volunteering magnify our impact. That’s why we support New Orleans-based SBP, a nonprofit founded after Hurricane Katrina. Zurich teams helped SBP rebuild nearly 100 homes after Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Then, in 2014 Zurich awarded a $3 million grant so SBP could expand its reach through disaster preparedness training. Our teams sprang into action to share their skills:
- Our Risk Engineers and Learning & Development team helped SBP develop training content.
- Our Underwriters and Predictive Analytics team helped identify communities that could benefit from the training.
- Our marketing team filmed a video to share SBP’s insights, just before the record-breaking 2017 hurricane season.
See the results of our collaboration and learn how you can prepare your home for greater resilience.
Power in numbers
Meet a few of our Community Investment Volunteer Award winners
Zurich believes in recognizing and rewarding employees for going beyond their job description to live our shared values outside our walls. Each year, peer-nominated Community Investment Volunteer Award (CIVA) winners are honored and presented with $1,000 grants for the charities of their choice. The amount rises to $6,000 for the Volunteer of the Year.
Corporate Law, Schaumburg
Zurich’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Laura serves as Board Co-Chair for the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault. She served on the United Way North/Northwest board for over three years and inspired colleagues to join the United Way’s Women's Leadership and Young Leaders Councils. She also is chair of Zurich’s pro bono law committee and, with her staff, volunteers at Habitat for Humanity builds. “I have been given so much in life and believe it’s important to give as well,” she says.
North America Commercial Insurance, Chicago
In addition to mentoring a child at the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Peggy plays Mrs. Claus at Shriners’ Hospital in Chicago, which Zurich supports through its Giving Tree over the December holidays. Peggy participates in Habitat for Humanity initiatives and contributes to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. “Giving of my time and resources is as rewarding for me as it is for the causes that I support,” she says.
Finance & Actuarial, Toronto