Lights out at AA Insurance this Earth Day

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Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, AA Insurance

Ainslie Malcolm

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, AA Insurance

Our natural world is changing rapidly; what we do now will determine our future and that of all following generations. To help raise public awareness about protecting the planet, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year.

There isn’t a first, second or third place awarded in this global challenge; we’re all in it together and need to inspire, support and join forces to make the changes we need happen. Every deliberate change for the better will make a difference – no matter how big or small.

This year’s Earth Day theme - Restore our Earth - sounds like a mammoth task. It is. But if every single one of us makes a change in our own life - one that’s relatively easy and won’t leave us with a feeling of loss - the greater the chance of it being sustainable and help to reach our collective goal.

Being curious, sharing ideas, educating others and caring enough to tune in to the dialogue are key to the reality of a restored and sustainable future.

So, let’s start some long-lasting change right now. This Earth Day, the lights on AA Insurance House will be switched off from dusk until dawn, saving the energy that would otherwise be reported for our April carbon emissions. Our ‘lights out’ initiative is just one of the ways we’re helping this month; we’re also assisting 10 staff to learn more about climate change and solutions, and funding trees to be planted on behalf of our people.

In particular, the latter is about helping inspire our people to share what small (or big) actions they’ve deliberately taken to protect our planet. It could be composting, making a worm farm, planting natives, riding instead of driving, reusing bags, changing to long-lasting lightbulbs, or conserving water. We’re hoping their change inspires others and perhaps create a change movement.

To show our people that our commitment isn’t just lip service, for every action they take and share with others, AA Insurance will fund the planting of two native trees. This is because we appreciate every change our people are able and willing to make. We want to recognise and support their effort and, in doing so, be part of helping restore our earth.

About AA Insurance

AA Insurance is an independently operated, New Zealand-based joint venture between the New Zealand Automobile Association (NZAA) and Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited (VINZL). Since 1994 we have demonstrated trusted expertise in home, contents and car insurance in New Zealand, and in 2018 introduced commercial small business insurance. We underwrite our own policies and sell direct to New Zealanders. Our 860 staff look after almost 470,000 customers with 930,000 policies.

We proudly partner with Eden Park and have been consistently recognised by: Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands (11 consecutive years since 2011) and Quality Service Awards for Car, and Home and Contents Insurance (since 2015), Kantar Customer Leadership Index (since 2019), Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers (2011-2018), and the Colmar Brunton Corporate Reputation Index (since 2015) that recognises New Zealand’s most successful companies. Last year, AA Insurance was also named Consumer NZ People’s Choice award winner for car, home and contents (since 2019).

AA Insurance has an A+ (Strong) Insurer Financial Strength Rating given by Standard and Poor’s (Australia) Pty Ltd. For further information visit aainsurance.co.nz.

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Nicole Steven, Botica Butler Raudon Partners, (09) 303 3862, 021 025 31886 or email nicoles@botica.co.nz

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