Barclays community investment programme in Katine, Uganda, has been re-accredited with a Big Tick honour in the Business in the Community (BITC) Awards for Excellence 2011.
The accolade comes a year after the programme won the BITC’s prestigious Coffey International Award, which recognises companies for their contributions towards addressing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
In partnership with AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation) and the Guardian Media Group, Barclays launched the Katine programme in 2007. The initiative is improving health and education services and sustainable economic development across the Katine region, which comprises 66 villages in eastern Uganda.
Over four years the project has had a powerful impact on the lives of people in these villages. There has been a 30 per cent increase in access to safe water, 97 per cent of the children are now immunised against the main killer diseases, and nearly 2,000 villagers are able to save regularly through specially supported savings groups.
Stephen Howard, BITC Chief Executive, said: “I congratulate Barclays on achieving its Big Tick. It is a challenging time for businesses, but this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus and are transforming their businesses to make a positive impact on people and society, and are prepared to lead by example.
“That’s what BITC’s Awards for Excellence are all about – celebrating responsible business, the leadership that makes it happen, and the benefits to business and society of doing so,” he added. “Communities and consumers need to see that businesses are proactive, visible and engaged on the big issues of the day, as Barclays has demonstrated.”
Paulette Cohen, Associate Director, Barclays Global Community Investment, added: “We are delighted that our work in Katine has been re-accredited in the BITC’s 2011 Awards for Excellence. It acknowledges the continuing success of this partnership and recognises the impact that Barclays – along with our partners – has been able to make towards addressing the Millennium Development Goals.”
News of the Katine programme’s Big Tick reaccreditation is announced in a Financial Times supplement today.
The Katine programme is part of Barclays community investment programme, which last year invested £55.3m around the world and the time and skills of more than 62,000 employees to support disadvantaged communities reaching more than 1.5 million.