Employee commute is all about getting from point A to point B. Every day we make choices about our commuting habit, from our home to our workplace: should we drive, take public transportation, bike, ride a motorcycle or carpool? The consequences of our decisions may seem unimportant, especially when they are often made in a semi-conscious morning state! But their impact is very real. And when you consider the size of AXA and its 165,000 employees around the world, our choices become monumental.
Because these decisions are so crucial, since 2007, AXA has conducted a global transport survey to find out how its employees commute to work. This survey, which is available in 41 countries and 22 languages, was answered by about 18,000 employees across all continents. The results enable entities to calculate their carbon footprint and then promote sustainable commuting options among its employees to diminish it.
Empowering people to live a better life means taking action to create a more sustainable environment in which we can all live and breathe better. By 2020, we want to reduce AXA’s own CO2 emissions by 25% vs 2012, and each and every one of us has a role to play in rising to this challenge. Earth Hour is one opportunity to take action, doing so alongside millions of people around the world. This Earth Hour, we will be switching off our lights here at AXA, will you join us too?
The 2016 survey findings show a slight increase in the distance covered by employees to get to work, especially by car. Carbon emissions increased 6.27% overall. Action must be taken to respond to this uptick and improve our results for future years. Nevertheless, public transportation is still the most popular means of transportation for AXA Group employees, and this should be applauded.
Data from the transport survey also allows AXA Group entities to take concrete steps to cut back on their emissions.
AXA Spain developed AXA Bike Point stations so that AXA employees in Madrid can ride electric bikes to work for free.
AXA Switzerland has made an even bigger commitment: in 2009, it launched New Energy, a program in which all its buildings run exclusively on renewable energy. This year, AXA in Switzerland installed new photovoltaic panels in Winterthur and in Lausanne. Not just that, in each of the parking garages they have also installed charging stations where the staff can charge their electric cars for free.
On the occasion of Earth Hour, we encourage each and every one to take part in the fight against climate change. Watch the video: