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Our people are fundamental to supporting our Citizenship strategy, and often go above and beyond our core business activities. Read more about these inspiring individuals and teams.

Accounting and business workshops

Matilda established a partnership with local providers to deliver financial accounting and business planning workshops to local business customers.

Matilda, a delegation leader at the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Matilda: a delegation leader at the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Congress

The workshops were designed to provide skills that could then be incorporated into their day-to-day operations. Her efforts to introduce useful business applications and training resources saw the customer base grow from 2,330 to 5,500, and balances increase from ZMK39.2m (£4.7m) to almost ZMK98.7m (£12m). As a community champion, Matilda also set up enterprise and financial skills workshops to train underprivileged youths, traders and people in business. This has since been adopted and implemented by other teams across Barclays Africa.

As a result of her work, Matilda has been recognised as a Zambia StartUp 2012 Judge and delegation leader for Zambia at the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Congress.


Starting the ‘Green Supplier Pledge’

Rachael Grady proactively led the ‘Green Supplier Pledge’, which challenged Barclays’ suppliers to build environmental commitments into their tender process. 

Rachael Grady

Rachael Grady, increasing awareness of environmental issues

The pledge focused on areas such as recycling plastic cash bags and damaged ATM cassettes, and eliminating paper statements to reduce costs and paper consumption.

Rachael’s enthusiasm has not only increased the awareness of environmental issues among suppliers but also resulted in significant savings for Barclays in 2012.

With support from Rachael and the processes she helped put in place, an estimated 350 tonnes of plastic has been recycled. A supplier has also stopped printing reports that were generating over 15,000 pages annually, and now provides them electronically instead.


Mentoring disadvantaged young people to achieve a place at college

Minds Matter is a US non-profit that works to prepare high achieving, low-income high school students for further education. With only six staff, Minds Matter relies heavily on skilled volunteers, like those from Barclays. 

Barclays Minds Matter

Minds Matter: 4,000 hours of volunteering

The 35 members of the Barclays Minds Matter team have contributed more than 4,000 hours of volunteering to this cause, offering students a powerful combination of academic instruction and personalised mentoring. As mentors, the team committed to 30 Saturdays a year for three years to help mentees succeed.

Examples included providing much-needed guidance to students as they navigate the complexities of the college application process, building the Minds Matter’s alumni programme and serving as advisory board members.

Their efforts have played an instrumental role in the charity achieving a 100% success rate for high school seniors being registered into a college or university.


Helping young people in Pakistan get a job


Maheen Gul addresses Pakistan’s illiteracy

Maheen Gul mentors underprivileged students

As a volunteer with The Citizens Foundation, Maheen Gul has worked tirelessly to address Pakistan’s high levels of illiteracy, which contribute to poverty and unemployment. 

She mentored 500 underprivileged students from rural areas to broaden their horizons and prepare them for employment. Her objective was to develop their entrepreneurial skills and provide access to vocational training and education. Students were encouraged to develop a vision for their future and prepare themselves for challenges they may face in realising this. The mentoring sessions boosted the aspirations of the participants, and some went on to start their own businesses.

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