AXA UK is donating £1m to Business in the Community (BITC) as part of its response to the coronavirus epidemic and support for the recently formed National Business Response Network.
It is the start of a partnership between the insurer and Business in the Community and The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, with AXA joining Business in the Community’s Board of Trustees and becoming a founding partner of The National Business Response Network.
The National Business Response Network was launched in light of the ongoing pandemic, and works to connect national and local community groups, businesses, local authorities and charities with businesses who can offer support.
AXA will also provide support to the charity through volunteering, with colleagues across the country using their skills and time to support local communities.
The network is supported by over 300 business leaders who will use their employees, supply chains and partners to support local communities during the crisis.
Claudio Gienal, CEO of AXA UK and Ireland, said: “During this crisis, it is vital that our communities receive much needed support from businesses that have the capacity to help.
“The National Business Response Network utilises the resources and expertise of companies across the UK to support communities and businesses up and down the country. AXA is proud to play its part as a founding partner of the network; offering our support not just during this pandemic, but for the future as well.”
Amanda Mackenzie, CEO of Business in the Community, said: “With AXA’s £1m investment as a founding partner to develop and build the capacity of the National Business Response Network, we will be able to match large business offers of support to local community needs.
“Put simply, this support will save lives and provide a springboard to help our communities across the UK bounce back and recover as fast as possible.”
She added: “Through our National Business Response Network and with AXA’s support, we can provide lifelines to people and communities affected by the pandemic.”