Barclays employees around the world are reaffirming their support for the firm’s Citizenship agenda, with a third of them participating in community activities in the first nine months of this year.
More than 52,000 employees took part in volunteering, matched fundraising and regular donations to charity from their salary, an increase of 25 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Their commitment to community activities has helped tens of thousands of disadvantaged people around the world to develop financial, entrepreneurial and personal skills.
Numbers for the entire year are expected to remain strong, with thousands of employees worldwide having shared their time and skills with their communities as part of Barclays participation in the CSV Make a Difference Day volunteering campaign, which ended earlier this month.
Over £16m raised through matched fundraising
Barclays employees are actively raising money, with around 15,700 using the firm’s matched fundraising scheme to raise over £16m in financial support for disadvantaged communities around the world.
The Barclays Take One Small Step into the Night sponsored walk, which took place in London in September, was one of the many highlights of this year’s fundraising calendar. Nearly 1,000 customers and employees took in the sights of the UK capital by night on a 10-km walk, as they raised almost £100,000 to support UNICEF and UK broadcaster Heart radio’s Have a Heart charity.
Nearly 200,000 hours volunteered
Volunteering remains a popular way for Barclays employees to get involved in helping their local communities.
In the first nine months of this year, more than 24,000 of them shared their time and skills with the causes they care about most.
Together, they volunteered nearly 200,000 hours of their time.
Employees across Africa are leading the way by running a series of job shadow programmes for secondary school students, as part of Barclays partnership with youth charity Junior Achievement Worldwide. In August, employees in Uganda hosted more than 60 pupils and offered them a chance to learn more about how banks operate and the skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
Also in August, volunteers in London organised an introductory course on investment banking for more than 50 young people. During the week-long course, participants took part in a range of activities, including CV and interview skills workshops, trading games and shadowing on the trading floor.
Barclays encourages employees to give their time, energy and skills to support the next generation to develop enterprise, money management and life skills, helping them realise their full economic potential for themselves, their community and the wider economy.