Nearly one third of Barclays employees around the world participated in community activities in the first half of this year.
More than 46,000 of them took part in volunteering, matched fundraising and regular donations to charity from their salary, an increase of almost 40 per cent compared to the same period last year.
The numbers underline the role employees play in driving Barclays Citizenship agenda.
Commenting on the figures, Rachael Barber, Director, Global Community Investment, said: “It is fantastic to see such commitment from employees in supporting their communities. The number of people taking part globally continues to grow and these half year numbers are well above what we saw at the same time last year.
“We are also looking forward to as many people as possible taking part in Make a Difference Day at the end of October and beginning of November.”
More than 150,000 hours volunteered
Volunteering continues to be the most popular way for employees to get involved in their local communities.
More than 20,000 offered their time, energy and skills to the causes they care most about in the first half of 2011, almost doubling the number of those who took part in the same period last year.
Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking accounted for a significant part of the increase, with around two thirds of its employees taking part in running > workshops to help young people learn more about topics such as opening a bank account, budgeting, spending and saving.
Michelle Smith, Head of Barclays UK Consumer and Community Affairs, said: “Employees have really gone the extra mile for their local communities in the first half of 2011, which has been truly inspiring.
“Volunteers have put up their hands to support thousands of individual organisations and undertake a huge range of activities – from delivering a marketing seminar to a local community group, working in schools and colleges, through to helping vulnerable people manage their budgets.
“It is great to see our employees using their skills, experience and enthusiasm to make a real difference.”
Employees in other parts of the world also offered their skills to support members of their local communities.
In the US, Barclays Capital and Barclaycard employees came together and shared their business knowledge and expertise by volunteering as advisors to entrepreneurs. This was part of the Echoing Green mentoring scheme, which supports young people aiming to improve society in areas such as housing, civil and human rights, health, and food and nutrition.
A team of employees in Spain also volunteered their skills by supporting underprivileged immigrants and homeless people in learning more about IT. They organised computer workshops to help them search and apply for educational and employment opportunities.
Fundraising and regular giving
Employees are also playing an active role in fundraising, with more than 10,000 using Barclays matched fundraising scheme to help communities around the world.
Thanks to employees’ fundraising efforts, over £9.3m was donated to charities worldwide through matched fundraising in the first six months of 2011.
Across Asia, employees rallied and raised more than £56,000 for relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan in March. They organised collection boxes and the sale of special badges in Japan and a charity football match in Singapore.
In addition, over 27,500 employees gave money through regular giving in the first half of the year, committing themselves to donating a small part of their monthly salary to their favourite charities. This was an increase of 36 per cent from the same time last year.
Barclays community investment programme engages and supports employees in giving their time and skills to their chosen community causes.
Last year, more than 62,000 employees volunteered over 350,000 hours and raised more than £21m to support disadvantaged communities around the world where Barclays operates.