The value of investments and any income from them can fall and you may get back less than you invested.
Our people want to make a difference in their own communities. We support and encourage this in a number of ways. We work with our charitable partnerships, Business In The Community and the Charities Aid Foundation to support our corporate responsibility strategy. At a local level we have a network of Corporate Responsibility Ambassadors who inspire and encourage charitable activities in their offices.
We have developed charitable partnerships with three organisations who share our desire to create access to opportunities for more people. In England we work with Enabling Enterprise, which equips school pupils with the skills, experiences and aspirations they need to succeed in life. In Scotland, the Winning Scotland Foundation aims to ensure young people in Scotland have the opportunity to develop themselves and learn important life skills, and in Ireland AnCosán empowers people through education.
We want our employees to support the charities that mean a lot to them, so we enable them to give regularly and easily through matched payroll giving. This has earned us the Gold Payroll Giving Quality Mark from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). We also get behind our employees and their own fundraising activities by providing fundraising matching - for anything from cake bakes to bike rides or parachute jumps.
Small grants programme
We invite our employees to nominate local charities that they are personally involved with for a small grant. This enables us to donate money to specific causes that we know are important to our people and their communities.
Every employee is offered one paid day off per year to volunteer for the charity or organisation of their choice. Our teams regularly choose to do this as a group, working together to make even more of a difference.