In an uncertain world during uncertain times, we seek to help people and communities by providing them the knowledge and means to better handle change and risk in their lives and their environment; today, tomorrow and into the future. We achieve this both at a global level, and also locally here in Australia.
Our mission is to:
Read more about Zurich’s Corporate Responsibility at a global level.
Zurich Australia has a number of strategic community partners in line with our global strategic impact areas of wellbeing, youth empowerment and climate change.
In addition to these strategic partnerships, Zurich encourages a vibrant culture of employee giving and volunteering in support of charities and community initiatives that are important to our employees. Zurich offers dollar matching for employee fundraising efforts and one paid volunteer day per year, as well as workplace giving and international charitable initiatives through the Z Zurich Foundation.
The Raise Foundation is a youth mentoring organisation that focuses on positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes for high-school aged youth. Zurich and Raise have been partners since 2016 and over 50 Zurich employees have been accredited Raise mentors in NSW, VIC, WA, SA and QLD.
BE is a grassroots youth arts organisation using the arts to influence change. Statistically young people from Indigenous communities are more likely to suffer mental health issues or commit suicide than non-Indigenous youth. To increase confidence and instil hope, our partnership with Beyond Empathy has helped youth working alongside experienced, professional artists and local community mentors in NSW, VIC and WA, to craft their own stories about identity and connection through film, music and photography.
Tackle Your Feelings is a significant and unique community initiative between the AFL Coaches Association, the AFL Players Association and Zurich Australia.
It is a mental health training program offered to community AFL clubs in urban, rural and remote areas across Australia, supporting the wellbeing of players and their families, coaches and club employees. The Tackle Your Feelings training is modelled on the mental health training provided at the professional AFL clubs, and recognises the unique role that community coaches and football clubs play in supporting individuals and networks within local communities.
In the first five years of the program, we aim to train 5,000 coaches and committee members, at 500 clubs around the country, to ultimately support more than 50,000 young people and their families.
Its one of several initiatives that Zurich has underway to help quell the tide of mental ill-health in Australia.
Zurich is a co-principal partner to the Melbourne Football Club.
As one of the largest specialist insurers in Australia, Zurich is constantly seeking new ways to connect with its customers, partners, and the community at large. The partnership provides the ideal vehicle to make those connections, and to bring to life our focus on physical and mental wellbeing, while building our brand strength around Australia.
Zurich and the Melbourne Demons are joining forces with REACH this season to help tear online bullying down.
The AFL has been recently rocked by a spate of incidents where individual players have been attacked or vilified online by members of the public.
This behaviour adversely affects the mental health of many players, sometimes in dramatic ways. Harassment and pressure of this type is not only isolated to AFL players. More than one in five young Australians are bullied online every week.
REACH, Australia’s leading youth empowerment organisation, helps young people learn strategies and behaviours to combat harassment. For 25 years, REACH has run workshops to help young Australians build self-confidence and combat negative behaviours such as online bullying.
Before the Demon’s Round 3 match, the players will run through a banner made out of negative tweets and online harassment to make a powerful statement: that no-one should endure bullying online.
Zurich is proud to be a major contributor to this campaign, alongside REACH and the Melbourne Football Club.
Each year the Melbourne Football Club & Collingwood Football Club host the annual ‘Big Freeze at the G’.
Coinciding with one of the biggest fixtures on the AFL calendar – the annual Queen’s Birthday clash between Melbourne and Collingwood – the Big Freeze is the flagship fundraising event for the Fight MND Foundation.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, swallow and breathe fail to work normally and eventually die. With no nerves to activate them the muscles gradually weaken and waste.
Thanks to the fierce determination of Essendon legend and former Melbourne Coach Neale Daniher (himself a MND sufferer), this event has raised millions to help find a cure for this insidious disease.
Zurich supports the MND Research Foundation, making corporate donations as well as encouraging fund raising efforts by its staff.
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports Australians affected by breast cancer.
BCNA aims to ensure that Australians affected by breast cancer receive support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their needs.
BCNA is the peak national organisation for Australians affected by breast cancer, and consists of a network of more than 100,000 individual members and 300 Member Groups.
Every year Melbourne hosts the ‘Pink Lady’ round at the MCG, where players don pink jumpers or socks to raise awareness and funds for BCNA. Every four years, the event culminates in the iconic ‘Field of Women’ event at the MCG where over 18,000 people take to the field before the match in a sign of unity.