Barclays employees pledge to volunteer
Barclays employees make significant contributions to their local communities by volunteering, fundraising and giving money.
Are you a Barclays employee?
Find out more about how you can support your community by visiting the Barclays Givingforce website.
Find your local Citizenship contacts on our interactive map.
Giving time and skills by volunteering
All Barclays employees are given time during working hours and grants (up to £500 or local equivalent) to support their volunteering activities.
In 2011, 73,000 employees worldwide volunteered 418,000 hours of their work and personal time. Many colleagues report how volunteering gives them the opportunity to build skills such as team leadership, coaching and problem solving.
Make a Difference Day, organised by Community Service Volunteers , is Barclays’ annual volunteering campaign and encourages colleagues to give time and skills, not money, and builds on their existing community activity.
For the 2012 campaign, Barclays is encouraging employees to focus on helping disadvantaged young people fulfil their potential by teaching them valuable life skills, helping them manage their money better, and sharing advice about how to improve their job prospects.
Find out more at www.facebook.com/barclaysvolunteers .
Many Barclays colleagues choose to raise money for their favourite charities and community organisations. Our Matched Fundraising programme means that Barclays matches what employees raise to a given amount.
In 2011, with Barclays matching, 21,000 employees raised £24 million.
Barclays supports colleagues in the UK, India and South Africa who wish to make regular contributions to charities and community organisations through payroll donations.
The programmes are a tax efficient way to regularly give to charity and Barclays matches contributions by up to £750 per employee each year.
In 2011, 29,500 employees donated through payroll giving.
Recognising employee achievements
Since 1997, the annual Barclays Citizenship Awards – previously called the Chairman’s Awards – have celebrated Barclays employees’ outstanding contributions to their local communities. There are two awards – a team and individual award – for each of the following locations:
- Africa, Middle East and Indian Ocean
- The Americas
- Asia Pacific
The winners, who demonstrate passion and commitment and take an innovative approach to addressing local issues and needs, are announced at the Citizenship Awards ceremony.
An Overall Winner award goes to the most outstanding team or individual of the ten category winners. In 2012, Barclays introduced the People’s Vote, which allowed employees, as well as family and friends, charity partners, and beneficiaries, to vote for their favourite, or the most deserving, submission. The prize is an opportunity to get involved in an international volunteering project.
The Barclays Citizenship Awards 2012 took place on 19 June. Find out more about the winners' achievements.