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October is ‘Volunteering Month’ for employees across Stanchart African footprint

Employees aim to make a difference in the community with a target of more than 5,700 volunteer days
October is ‘Volunteering Month’ for the more than seven thousand staff across Standard Chartered’s African footprint.  With a target of more than 5,700 days for the year, employees aim to make a difference in the lives of others by giving their personal time and effort to a variety of projects.

 

Initiatives include: mentoring young students, advising small enterprises in financial management skills, supporting environmental initiatives, preventing the spread of Malaria, and promoting HIV/AIDS awareness.


In addition to their annual leave, every staff-member at Standard Chartered is entitled to three days of volunteering.  The Bank’s objective is to encourage employees to commit their time and unique skills to help meet the needs of their local communities.  Last year, staff in Africa achieved an incredible 5,191 Employee Volunteering days against a target of 4,830 days.


Commenting on the initiative, Kweku Bedu-Addo, CEO for Standard Chartered, said: “Employee Volunteering is an integral part of our brand promise: Here for Good. It is one of several ways in which we make a positive influence and impact on people in our communities.

 

Over the years, our employees have remained enthusiastic and committed to making a difference through the various community initiatives and engagement activities currently in place. The feeling of pride and satisfaction that we derive from making a difference or extending a helping hand to one who really needs it, is simply intangible and emotionally rewarding.”


Across its global footprint, the Bank has set an ambitious target of achieving over 70,000 volunteering days by the end of 2012, and the Africa Employee Volunteering Month is expected to contribute to making this target possible.


Standard Chartered Bank has over the years won praise and acclaim for its Sustainability agenda in Ghana. Within the past 3 years, the Bank has won the “Most Socially Responsible Bank” award (2008, 2009) at the Ghana Banking Awards and also the “Best Company in CSR” title at the Ghana Club 100 Awards (2008).

 

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