When Allianz initiated the partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the German National Paralympic Committee (Deutscher Behindertensportverband, DBS) in 2006, the company committed itself to supporting Paralympic Athletes preparing for the Paralympic Games and to promote the Paralympic Movement, its goals and ideals.
In 2011, Allianz became the first “International Partner” of the IPC and is a “National Supporter” of eleven National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) on a local level. In 2013, Allianz extended and expanded its contract with the IPC until 2016. Further in 2013, Allianz has signed a partnership agreement to become the first official global partner of IPC Athletics.
Werner Zedelius, member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, said: “Last year’s Paralympic Games in London have clearly helped to change people’s perceptions. As a committed partner of the IPC, it has been a great pleasure for Allianz to support the Movement and the athletes. By continuing and expanding our mutually beneficial partnership, Allianz is happy to help build on the success of London 2012 to further raise awareness and break down barriers.”
Most importantly, the global insurer has managed to provide a meaningful link between the Paralympics engagement and the concerns of the company’s employees and clients. "There is a strong link that ties Allianz to the Paralympics,” continues Werner Zedelius. “The topics of health, rehabilitation and reintegration after a casualty are part of our daily business and we understand that disability is an issue that concerns all of us.“
Through this strong partnership, Allianz has gained insights into the achievements, the goals, and the spirit of the Paralympic Movement: the athletes’ passion for the sport, the ambitions to achieve their goals and the ability to believe in themselves are remarkable. Their motivation to strive for excellence in Paralympic sports can serve as inspiration for all people, everywhere, regardless of physical impairment.
Werner Zedelius looks forward to the continued success of the International Partnership between Allianz and IPC: “Allianz experienced at first hand that the remarkable performance of the Paralympic top athletes is driven by enthusiasm and ambition. In the future we want to share these experiences more intensely with a broad public and to help spread the message of the Paralympic Movement.”