Case Study: Barclays

Barclays Bank offers its employees a range of charitable benefits.

The bank has offered a payroll giving scheme since June 1987, and introduced matching contributions in 2002. In 2009, more than 9,500 employees and pensioners donated through the scheme, provided by Workplace Giving UK.

The bank was also the first employer to run the Pennies from Heaven programme, starting in 2001. Since then, it has raised more than £605,000 from excess pennies.

Barclays also offers a comprehensive range of employee community engagement programmes, called Charity Begins At Work. This involves a global volunteering programme and matched fundraising three times a year. Last year, more than 58,000 Barclays employees in 31 countries used the company’s support to become involved in their local communities.

Hannah Willis, associate director, global community investment at Barclays Group Corporate Affairs, says: “We believe our business will benefit from contributing to the development and sustainability of the communities in which we operate.

“At the same time, our own research has shown that encouraging our colleagues to get involved has a positive impact by increasing employee satisfaction, personal development and pride in working for Barclays.”