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  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Branch

    Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Branch

    Following a fire at the airport, the team worked closely together to safeguard Barclays and provide a great service, reassuring hundreds of customers that their money was still safe

  • Barclays Global Corporates Team

    Barclays Global Corporates Team

    The team from Ghana, South Africa and the UK worked in partnership with NGOs to develop a sustainable supply chain connecting thousands of small farmers

  • Gerald Maithya

    Gerald Maithya

    In memory of his sister, Gerald co-funded ‘Precious Sisters’ in Kenya. The charity has helped 125 girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, enabling them to receive a full-time secondary education

  • Ingo Drzewiecki

    Ingo Drzewiecki

    The People’s Vote: As an ambassador for the LGBT agenda, he has spent 20 years promoting AIDS prevention and also drove Barclaycard’s sponsorship of Hamburg’s only gay football team

  • Barclays Indices Team within Research

    Barclays Indices Team within Research

    Special Recognition Award: The team launched a new set of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) indices for clients who want socially responsible investment factors in their bond portfolios

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Meet the 2014 finalists

  • Trade and Working Capital Asia Team, Singapore - In 2010, the Consumer Goods Forum announced the ambition to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. As part of the Banking Environment Initiative working group, the team developed the Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit, which certifies that goods have been produced in a sustainable way. Clients can now track the sustainable origin within the existing Letter of Credit structure, an internationally recognised way to reduce counterparty risk in trade transactions. This promotes sustainable sourcing and has won considerable support from influential industry stakeholders. Watch the video to find out more (new window).

    Jean-Yves Parras - Jean-Yves has volunteered with ‘La Fédération de Femmes 3000’ in France for the past 10 years. As a result, he has empowered women to raise their personal and professional aspirations in areas where female representation has traditionally been low. Members have gone into the fields of law, medicine, science, culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the Senate. As Administrator, he works to develop the organisation’s strategy, and also mentors female colleagues at Barclays, to promote their professional development. Watch the video to find out more (new window).

    Will Rist - Will introduced the first way for British Sign Language (BSL) users to contact Barclays instantly without having to wait to visit a branch. A sign video service on our website enables customers to have a secure ‘video chat’ with a registered interpreter. Previously customers had to book an appointment in a branch to meet a sign language interpreter, a process that sometimes took six weeks. This change is positively impacting thousands of deaf customers, and it is the first service of its kind for Barclays. Watch the video to find out more (new window). 

  • Dream Accounts team - In the US, low-income students are four times more likely to graduate if they have a savings account. Unique in the US, a ‘Dream Account’ allows teenagers to be primary account holders and rewards them for good savings behaviour.

    With funding from Barclays’ Social Innovation Facility, the team worked in partnership with 1,000 low-income students to develop a new savings account and an innovative app that connects teenagers to share tips on getting ready for college. In the first three months after launch, 11,000 Dream Accounts were opened. Watch the video to find out more (new window).

    Tarun Ahuja - Tarun led a six-month paid internship to help tackle youth unemployment in Noida, India. Students were taught technical, communication and presentation skills, combined with an in-depth understanding of business. Tarun played a vital role in developing young talent and supporting them to gain the skills and confidence they need to achieve their personal and professional goals. To date, two interns have secured work placements. Watch the video to find out more (new window).

    Barclaycard Spain team - In Spain, 55% of people aged 16 to 24 are unemployed. With the economy increasingly dependent on tourism, the team launched the Kitchen of Opportunities catering project. To date, 100 young people at high risk of social exclusion have benefited by learning cookery, English and money skills to improve their job prospects. The apprenticeships provided practical work experience, and 12 young people have secured permanent jobs in Madrid as a result of the team’s efforts. Watch the video to find out more (new window).

    Oliver Bailey - Oliver agreed a risk guarantee with Barclays’ Social Innovation Facility to secure a £1m loan for Azuri Technologies to fund 32,000 solar installations in rural Africa. The ‘pay as you go’ solar units give Kenyan families access to affordable power and light as an alternative to highly toxic kerosene lamps. As well as improved health and environmental benefits, the units provide employment opportunities through local distribution networks. They also enable adults and children to study and work after dark. Watch the video to find out more (new window).

  • Larry Drexler - As Chairman of the non-profit organisation, Connections, Larry has overseen a transformation of the prison healthcare system in Delaware. He led the Connections team to win a landmark contract, ensuring continuity of care for 25,000 inmates each year – both in prison and after release. To complement its rehabilitation services, Connections provides vocational and educational training to support employment after prison. Connections also employs more than 600 healthcare workers and ensures funds are reinvested in improved services for the community. Watch the video to find out more (new window).

    Barclays Green Haven Mavens - The Green Haven halfway house supports people recovering from drug addiction. The team used their professional skills to build a computer lab and provided residents with training to develop their IT knowledge. The project enables participants to stay connected to their support networks and improves their ability to secure employment. The team volunteered 300 hours of work and personal time, helping 41 residents develop confidence as they reintegrated into society. Watch the video to find out more (new window).

    Leaders in Community Advisory team - Leaders in Community is a charity in East London run by young people, for young people.
    The team used their professional skills to help the organisation reshape its strategy, staffing, marketing and financial management.
    As a result, Leaders in Community doubled its annual fundraising target, ran workshops for 220 young people, placed seven unemployed young people in jobs and secured funding for two employees for another two years. Watch the video to find out more (new window).

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