RE Cares, our global community programme, supports employee volunteering and giving that makes a positive impact on society. In addition to local initiatives of importance to employees, the programme’s core focus is on education for disadvantaged young people that advances one or more of our unique contributions as a business. Staff have up to two days’ paid leave per year for their own community work. We donated £3.4m in cash (including through matching gifts) and the equivalent of £16.5m in products, services and staff time in 2016. 39% of employees were engaged in volunteering through RE Cares and we reached more than 45,000 disadvantaged young people through time, in-kind and cash donations. In 2016, we deployed an impact measurement tool adapted from LBG, a community investment network we have been a member of for more than ten years, to record and assess the impact on beneficiaries and employees of our central initiatives.

A network of approximately 210 RE Cares Champions ensures the vibrancy of our community engagement around the world. Each September, we hold RE Cares Month to celebrate our community focus. In 2016, a focus was on raising funds toward our $100,000 minimum commitment to help global fundraising partner, SOS Children’s Villages with a project to help girls in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast return to education after working in dangerous conditions as baggage carriers in local markets. During RE Cares Month, we held our annual global book drive, yielding over 3,900 books for local and developing world readers, and announced the winners of the sixth Recognising Those Who Care Awards to highlight the exceptional contributions to RE Cares of ten individuals and four RE Cares teams. Individual winners from across the business travelled to Chennai, India, working with two charities, the Hope Foundation and the Udhavum Ullangal Public Charitable Trust. The trip was led for the sixth time by senior leader Youngsuk “YS” Chi, Director of Corporate Affairs.

2016 OBJECTIVES Achievement
60% of RE Cares Champions supporting new global fundraising partnership
  • RE Cares Champions cross-divisional Steering Group created to support Objective and other RE Cares priorities
  • 65% of Champions supported global fundraising partnership with SOS Children’s Villages
Deploy project assessment template to gain feedback on key central initiatives
  • Project assessment template launched following extensive consultation; 91% of beneficiary organisations reported “a lot” or “some” improvement in their ability to improve existing or provide new services
  • Ensure at least 60% of offices have an RE Cares Champion
  • Increase skills-based volunteering

Use our unique contributions to advance education for disadvantaged young people; track the impact of community investment activities

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