AXA Switzerland takes social responsibility seriously, and its commitments in this respect include supporting the Swiss system of part-time public service. This involves donating to parties represented in the Swiss Parliament and helping staff who hold political office.
AXA Switzerland has an annual budget for donating to political parties as a means of supporting the Swiss system of part-time public service and funding the parties' work in government. In accordance with the principles of balance and transparency, all parties that have a combined total of at least five seats on the Council of States and the National Council and submit an application may receive donations. There are no conditions parties have to meet to receive donations, and AXA asks for nothing in return.
AXA Switzerland's total budget for donations in 2022 was CHF 170,000. It paid each party CHF 690 for every seat it holds in the Swiss Parliament, with no differentiation between the National Council and the Council of States. All parties that were entitled to receive donations did so in 2022.
AXA also made small contributions to help fund cantonal and communal election campaigns in 2022. These did not exceed CHF 3,000 per candidate for the year as a whole and totaled CHF 7,000. There were no conditions candidates had to meet to receive these donations, and AXA asked for nothing in return.
As well as donating to the country's political parties, AXA Switzerland also supports staff who hold political office at national, cantonal or communal level. They are allowed to devote up to 20% of their working hours to their political work by agreement with their line manager.