- Media OutReach - 27 November 2019 - Chubb
recently held its annual Regional Day of Service in the Asia Pacific with almost
1,000 employees in 12 territories participating in community projects to increase
educational opportunities for underprivileged children.
A tradition which began in 2012, the annual Regional Day of
Service reflects Chubb's firm belief that positive contributions to communities
return long-lasting benefits to society and the company's employees and
Strategic and Collaborative
Approach for Greater Impact on Communities
In addition to continuing with our focus on the theme of
Education@Heart, Chubb employees were also encouraged to collaborate with not-for-profit
organizations and business partners to craft initiatives that had lasting
impact on effecting change in our communities.
Once again, employees from both the general and life insurance
operations took up the challenge and worked together to plan and organize a
variety of strategic outreach programs that delivered real change for
McNamee, Regional President for Chubb in Asia Pacific said: "We believe that
quality education should be accessible to all. By empowering children with
useful skills and knowledge, they will have the opportunity to turn their
aspirations into reality and strengthen their communities. For this year's
Regional Day of Service, the collaboration with partners to design programs
with long-term benefits reflect the spirit of giving and the company's strong
commitment to corporate social responsibility."
Cunqiang Li, Chief Operating Officer of Chubb Life added: "The Regional Day of Service
is an important annual initiative that underscores Chubb's commitment to giving
back to the communities where we live, work and serve. By focusing our efforts
in education for the disadvantaged, we hope to improve their access to education
and drive a positive change for our next generation. We are proud to play our
part in building a more successful society and a better world."
Cross-section of Non-Profit Collaborations
Reflect Chubb's Cultural Diversity
Twelve markets took part this year in a range of volunteer
projects, reflecting the company's cultural diversity across the region.
Participating markets included Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia,
Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and
Regional Day of Service activities included running of educational
programs, renovating and building infrastructure, creating green spaces, and donation
of school equipment, scholarship grants and other necessities.
Regional Day of Service
In Australia, employees continued to support KidsXpress, an organization which runs
expressive therapy programs for children who have experienced trauma. Staff volunteers
raised funds through a series of fun events like trivia nights and a doughnut eating
challenge, produced expression kits for the children, helped with a database
audit and refreshed the KidsXpress office.
Volunteers also mentored children in Adelaide, and supported various
organizations like Foodbank, OzHarvest and Darling Range Wildlife Centre.
Volunteers travelled 165
kilometers from Beijing to Hebei Province to visit Guanmushan
Primary School which was founded in 2006 through Chubb's financial support. It
marked the first corporate social responsibility project by the group in China,
and over the past 13 years, nearly RMB 5 million has been donated to improve
school amenities and infrastructure, and fund a students' nutrition program as
well as scholarships. During the visit, donations of books, computer equipment
and scholarship grants were made; volunteers interacted with students over fun
games; and an English lesson conducted by Chubb's Country President in China.
Students of Guanmushan Primary School chatting with Chubb
Hong Kong SAR
Sixty volunteers from Chubb's
general and life insurance operations in Hong Kong organized four art and craft
workshops for about 120 students from St James Settlement, an organization that
provides a broad spectrum of services ranging from community support to
residential care for people of different ages and needs. The workshops aimed to
encourage the students to regain confidence in the future and maintain their
career aspirations, and remind them that they are loved by the adults around them. During the workshops, they decorated photo
frames with images representing their dream professions and musical ferris wheels
with images of people who love them.
Volunteer interacting with a student
from St James Settlement during a workshop
Over in Indonesia, Chubb supported
the SOS Children's Villages, an international non-governmental organization that
provides alternative families for children without adequate parental care.
Together with 10 Grab
driver-partners and 5 independent distribution partners, 75 Chubb employees
carried out renovation work on houses within the community center in Jakarta, and
organized workshops for the children to learn about digital literacy, financial
institutions and insurance-related professions.
Video of volunteers in action at the SOS Children's Villages
Following last year's success, Chubb employees worked with the Heart to Heart Foundation again to create special three-dimensional Braille, audio
and tactile books about western musical instruments for
visually-impaired children in Korea.
A total of 200 special
books was donated to 15 schools for the blind, 15 Braille libraries, 45 special
education support centers, and 27 national and public libraries in
commemoration of "Sight Day" in Korea.
In Malaysia, over 100 Chubb volunteers organized fun and interactive
educational activities for more than 200 children from Children's Homes in five
locations across the country. The activities include general knowledge quizzes,
spelling bee competitions, and story book reading sessions.
More than 600 books were donated based on inputs from the
various Homes to suit the children's requirements.
Volunteers from the Auckland office were joined by the staff
of Rosser Underwriting Agency, one of Chubb's business
partners, at Northcote Primary School, where improvement works were carried out
on the school gardens. Several volunteers also ran a reading support group within the school's Reading
Oasis program and helped out at the school library.
In addition, employees also
volunteered at De Paul house, a charity for the homeless, where they cleaned
and prepared rooms and other resources for families in need.
Volunteers cleaning and
maintaining the grounds of Northcote Primary School
Meanwhile in the Philippines, volunteers partnered with Fostering
Education & Environment for Development (FEED) and embarked on a tree-planting
exercise with Grade 5 and 6 students from Kapatalan Elementary School in Siniloan
Laguna. They also learned about endemic tree species and FEED's various environmental
initiatives through a briefing session.
In addition, 60 employees from Chubb Business Services also
collaborated with 2KK, a volunteer organization which aims to empower underprivileged youth through education, by
facilitating a leadership training session for 70 of 2KK's scholars and their
volunteers in Taiwan collaborated with The Mustard Seed Mission and planned a
variety of activities for the children of Agape Home, an organization providing
out-of-home care for vulnerable children. The activities included an art and
craft workshop using recycled waste materials, and a guided tour to Sansia to
learn about traditional crafts, where they attempted indigo dyeing. In
addition, employees also raised funds for the Home by purchasing rice cakes
made by the children for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
the urgency for protecting the environment from plastic pollution, a "Say Yes
To Less Plastic" campaign was launched to raise employees'
awareness of the issue.
the campaign's initiatives saw Chubb partnering with the Foundation for
Environmental Education for Sustainable Development (Thailand) and arranging
for 100 primary students of Aeam Suree School, located in a community affected
by plastic waste, to join 150 volunteers at Bangpu Nature Education Center. The
group learned about the mangrove ecosystem as well as the dangers of plastic
waste, and visited a mangrove forest before cleaning up a beach. A whale-shaped
plastic recycling bin was also donated to the school.
recording the amount of waste collected from the beach
Vietnam, employees visited Tan Dong Primary
School, a small rural school suffering
from poor infrastructure, where they cleaned up the school yard and interacted
with students. A donation was made to fund the construction of various
facilities for the school. Grants were also awarded to 80 underprivileged
collaborated with OpenM, a social enterprise in Vietnam promoting non-formal
education, to organize a workshop to equip students with the necessary
knowledge and skills to prevent abuse. The workshop was well attended by more
than 1,000 students from Tan Dong Primary School and nearby elementary and
secondary schools within Long An Province.
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and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries and
territories, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty
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assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline. We service and pay
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Chubb's franchise in Asia Pacific
comprises an extensive network of operations serving Australia, China, Hong
Kong SAR, Indonesia, Korea, Macau SAR, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines,
Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.