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Barclays Citizenship Awards

The Citizenship Awards recognise and celebrate Barclays employees whose contributions are helping Barclays play a positive role in society.

In 2017, almost 500 nominations were received, celebrating the vast and outstanding Citizenship work of our employees and their contributions, not just to our customers and clients, but in helping to find ways in which to drive economic, environmental and social prosperity. 

Barclays is a business built on our people and we are proud of the exceptional contributions that our extraordinary people make to bring to life our Citizenship ambitions.

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Meet the 2017 winners

  • VoloAgri Deal Team | New York, NY, US

    Barclays helped raise growth equity for VoloAgri, an agricultural technology company that sits at the intersection of plant biology, environmental sustainability and healthy living. VoloAgri develops and markets drought- and disease-tolerant seeds that use water and fertiliser more efficiently. This helps both large-scale farmers in developed economies and small-scale farmers in emerging markets.

    The Barclays deal team, led by Sandeep Patel and Evan Green, established a relationship with the company at its inception in 2012 and has been offering informal assistance ever since. VoloAgri chose Barclays to lead its Series C fundraising round based on the existing relationship, our deep knowledge of agricultural technology and consumer trends, and our extensive global network of investors.

    This transaction demonstrates Barclays’ leadership in supporting the growth of pioneering companies that are having a positive environmental and societal impact through the products they develop.

    Find out more about the VoloAgri Deal Team Find out more about the VoloAgri Deal Team
  • Stepping Stones Community Federal Credit Union Volunteers | Wilmington, DE, US

    The team of nine have partnered with Stepping Stones, a community-focused credit union, to enhance their marketing communications to better reach the 22% of unbanked and underbanked people living and working in Wilmington, Delaware.

    The team volunteered their professional marketing expertise for more than 600 hours to develop a full-scale marketing campaign for Stepping Stones Community Federal Credit Union. The aim is to empower the local community to access affordable financial services as an alternative to high-interest and high-fee lenders.

    With new branding, enhanced print and digital promotions and better neighbourhood outreach using a one-of-a-kind mobile truck, the team are on track to help Stepping Stones recruit 1,000 new members by 2020. Barclaycard US’ involvement has attracted other financial organisations to get involved, resulting in a $250,000 investment and free ATM access across the city. More people in Wilmington now have the opportunity to follow the path to financial empowerment.

    Find out more about Stepping Stones Community Federal Credit Union Volunteers Stepping Stones Community Federal Credit Union Volunteers
  • Partnership with The Prince’s Trust | Multiple locations, UK

    Barclaycard has partnered with The Prince’s Trust, volunteering on the ‘Together with Team’ programme to give hard-to-reach young people the confidence, skills and opportunities they need to move into education, employment and training.

    Barclays’ employee volunteers are now supporting and delivering sessions for 30, 12-week ‘Together with Team’ programmes each year, setting a new standard in corporate volunteering through the depth of engagement, innovative approach and demonstration of an end-to-end commitment. At the outset, the mentors meet with the young people to gain a better understanding of their circumstances, enabling delivery of a bespoke programme, tailored to meet participant needs. Mentors continue to provide support throughout.

    Within six months of completion of the programme three-quarters of graduates move into education, employment or training. Feedback from the participants shows that the course is life-changing and instils confidence and aspirations for the future.

    Find out more about our Partnership with The Prince’s Trust Partnership with The Prince’s Trust
  • Reach Pune Team | Pune, India

    Employees in Pune, India, have launched a local branch of Reach, the Barclays Disability Network, to raise awareness, provide practical support to disabled colleagues and ensure Barclays is an accessible and inclusive place to work.

    By regularly listening to disabled colleagues to better understand their needs, the team has implemented practical changes to the working environment that are having a positive impact. The team has increased colleague engagement and disability awareness through a number of communications campaigns, recruited new volunteers and network members and run its first-ever ‘make-a-thon’, which sets a challenge to design and prototype innovative solutions for people with disabilities.

    As a result of their hard work and commitment, other Barclays offices in India have been inspired to set up their own local Reach networks. The Reach Pune Team have also extended their support to the local community, by partnering with a school for children with disabilities.

    Find out more about the Reach Pune Team Reach Pune Team
  • Tono Magokoro Net Employment Support Programme | Tokyo, Japan

    Building on their long-running support for those impacted by the tsunami, the Barclays Japan team in partnership with Tono Magokoro Net, are creating sustainable livelihoods and opportunities for the local community. 

    The tsunami in 2011 had a devastating impact on Iwate Prefecture’s population and economy, killing 18,000 people and destroying 400,000 buildings. What began as immediate disaster recovery assistance has evolved into long-term community revitalisation with the team establishing new, sustainable agricultural businesses that provide job opportunities and skills.

    Over the past six years, volunteers have committed a huge amount of their personal time, along with professional business and financial guidance, to help create two vineyards that will deliver a sustainable income stream. Over the next three years, the businesses will create 15 jobs for disabled adults, provide agricultural skills training for another 120 and offer work experience for more than 900 local young people.

    Find out more about Tono Magokoro Net Employment Support Programme Tono Magokoro Net Employment Support Programme
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