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Cleaning up: AIG’s (from left to right) Jane Pochon, Scott Bunting, Jeannet Florussen and Joe Vaccarella pick up Sydney’s rubbish

All for a good cause: Faaizah Banu stretches after filling a bag

Spick and span: AIG staff spruce up Sydney IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT PROFITS AND sales targets for the folk who run giant US insurer AIG. A group of nine employees from its Australian operations – armed with thick gloves, garbage bags and sunscreen – cleaned up the streets of Sydney in April as part of the company’s annual Global Volunteer Month event. The group, which included General Manager NSW & ACT Scott Bunting, started the clean-up exercise at Park Street and made their way down to Elizabeth Street toward busy Central Station before combing Belmore Park, bustling Chinatown and George Street. “Not only was the occasion successful in terms of how much rubbish we collected, but it was a great opportunity to ‘give a little bit back’ to the community while catching up with colleagues at the same time,” Mr Bunting tells Insurance News. 78

Cigarette butts, coffee cups, water bottles and takeaway containers were some of the most common litter picked up by the group. Other AIG executives who took part in the corporate social initiative tell Insurance News they drew positive feelings from the experience. “It was fantastic to make use of AIG’s global volunteering time off policy and make such a quick and positive impact to the environment,” National Corporate Communications Manager Lisa Rose said. Accident & Health Underwriter for Consumer Insurance Joe Vaccarella says he “feels great to have done something so positive for the local community”. The voluntary work was not just restricted to Sydney. AIG staff in Brisbane helped to raise more than $2000 in a donation drive at inner city train stations for Youngcare, a charity devoted to helping young people insuranceNEWS

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with special needs who have been forced to live in aged care facilities. “This charity supports young people with complex and high care needs, and endeavours to keep them out of aged care homes by providing shared living accommodation,” AIG says. “Their aim is to offer choice, dignity and respect to all young Australians with high care needs.” Permanent employees of AIG are entitled to two paid volunteer days annually. “Every day, we work together to make a difference around the world,” AIG says on its website. “Our women and men volunteer thousands of hours to non-profits in the communities where we work, live, and serve our customers.” Last year, AIG staff volunteered nearly 70,000 hours to help various non-profit organisations around the world, including in Mexico City, Karachi, Buenos Aires, * Boston and Beijing.

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