International insurance company RSA’s Scandinavian companies (Trygg-Hansa in Sweden and Codan in Norway and Denmark) have been active in road safety for many years. They organise the annual 'Refleksdag' (Reflectors Day) across Scandinavia and have run the ‘Skadestop’ (‘Stop the Claims’) campaign in Sweden since the early 1980s and Denmark since 2011.
Through Skadestop RSA establishes partnerships with commercial customers – mostly logistics companies – and helps them develop action plans to improve road safety and reduce the chances of their staff being involved in a road crash when driving for work.
Refleksdag is RSA's major road safety campaign to engage the public. Night time visibility has been the focus of RSA’s public-focused road safety work in Sweden, Norway and Denmark since 2008 and the concept of Refleksdag began in 2011.
On Refleksdag tens of thousands of reflective items of clothing and accessories are handed out by RSA staff and volunteers at company events, in schools and in town centres. The Day is supported by various promotional activities run by RSA’s regional companies, which aim to reinforce the importance of visibility around traffic:
- In Sweden, Trygg-Hansa sends out a newsletter promoting Refleksdag to their hundreds of thousands of customers.
- Codan in Norway promotes the Day on their social media channels as well through PR activity in local and regional media.
- In Denmark Codan run an advertising campaign on TV, radio and social media and on buses, in supermarkets and cinemas.
- Partners including car manufacturers, logistics companies and the police help to promote Refleksdag and Codan works with the Children’s Accident Foundation to maintain www.refleksdag.dk.
Overall, around 180,000 reflectors are handed out across Sweden, Norway and Denmark on Refleksdag. Between Refleksdag and Skadestop, RSA’s companies in Scandinavia are able to engage hundreds of thousands of potential customers while positioning themselves as a business that is passionate about road safety.