Giving and volunteering
Many of our employees see helping the local community as part of their day job, and we encourage them to take part in giving and volunteering programmes wherever they can. Our recorded community investment for 2015 was £43.5 million, measured using the London Benchmarking Group standard.
In June 2015, RBS became an official partner of Sport Relief, aiming to make a difference in our communities, promote wellbeing and build employee engagement.
In September, we held our first bank- wide fundraising event: a cycle challenge in which colleagues cycled from London to Edinburgh. Almost 750 riders took part, and hundreds more colleagues participated in static bike challenges across the UK. This event alone contributed £644,739 (including Gift Aid) of the overall £770,000 we raised for Sport Relief in 2015.
We know that many colleagues want to support good causes of their own choosing.
- We agreed a minimum three days of volunteering leave for every member of staff to help their local community.
- Recorded volunteering was 45,437 hours.
- We continued our community cashback programme, in which the bank matches funds raised by employees.
- We continued to promote payroll giving. 10,000 employees in the UK and Ireland donated £2.7 million. We retained our Platinum Quality Mark for the scheme.
We play an important role in helping our customers give to good causes. In 2015:
- We remained the only bank to offer ATM giving to anyone with a LINK ATM card. ATM giving across the UK & Ireland exceeded £1 million since the scheme’s launch in 2012. 26 charities benefit from this scheme, including RNIB, Oxfam, RSPCA and Cancer Research UK. In 2015, £269,955 and €23,398 was donated through the scheme.
- We added more charities as options for our Reward Accounts, bringing our total to seven: Barnardo’s, Sport Relief, RNIB, The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan, Cancer Research UK and NSPCC.
- We accepted donations through our branch and ATM networks to the Disasters and Emergency Committee (DEC) appeals for the Nepal earthquake and the Ebola crisis in West Africa. We also waived international transfer fees to the affected regions and made a corporate donation to each appeal, taking the total raised to over £700,000.
We are committed to supporting major appeals, including responding compassionately in times of emergency and crisis.
In 2015, we supported local communities in India and Britain when they were hit by floods in December. The bank donated £10,000 to Foundation Scotland’s flood recovery appeal, with a further five donations of £5,000 to separate county appeals in the north of England.
RBS employees donated over £7,000 to the Cumbria Flood Appeal and £5,500 to colleagues in Chennai, India, who were also badly affected by floods. At a local level, they organised and supported a range of activities – from offering bank buildings as meeting points and bailing out local businesses, to collections of food, toys and clothing.