Charity Begins At Work

Key Facts

This is a vital component of the Barclays Bank Zambia community investment programme which engages and supports members of staff to get involved with the causes they care about most. A good example is the Chairman's Awards which recognises and celebrates staff for their amazing work in their local communities. This can be through fundraising or volunteering, mentoring, one-off activities or a long-term commitment to improving a community's quality of life.

Make a Difference Day global campaign

Every October, Barclays employees and customers participate in the Make a Difference Day activity campaign aimed at helping and leaving a sustainable impact in the communities. Now in its 15th year, the partnership between the UK based Community Service Volunteers (CSV), a UK based charity set up to promote volunteering action, has encouraged Barclays employees to actively participate in volunteering initiatives within their local communities.

The Make a Difference Day is a great way to come together as an organisation and for employees to experience how it feels to volunteer in activities ranging from mentoring and befriending to renovating community centres, painting and decorating schools, hospitals and prisons and creating gardens.

Overall, over 1,100 colleagues participated in Make a Difference Day activities and 56,432 Pounds was spent.

Staff Volunteering schemes

Barclays Bank Zambia has a positive and sustainable effect in the communities in which we live which can be measured by the participation rates for volunteering/fundraising activities among staff. There are two forms of support available to all Barclays staff namely matched fundraising and volunteering grants (work time). In 2010, 1483 Barclays Bank Zambia employees participated in volunteering activities to communities in various parts of Zambia and over £62,000 was spent..