Over the past ten years, DBAF has been involved in a wide variety of initiatives anchored in the principle of 'Building Social Capital' and defined under the pillars of Sustainability, Corporate Volunteering, Art, Education and Social Investments.
In 2012, Deutsche Bank supported more than 150 charities and NGOs across Asia Pacific, and the number of beneficiaries has increased exponentially over the last ten years to 446,000.
Volunteering also featured prominently, with 6,140 Deutsche staff giving their time to a charitable cause last year – about 36% of all staff, committing a total of 76,417 hours, well over double the prior year’s total.
To appropriately mark DBAF’s tenth anniversary, all DBAF activities this year will fall under the theme, “10 years, 10,000 Hands,” which will focus on getting as many people as possible directly involved. To showcase and acknowledge some of the great work being done already, a volunteer award programme will be launched in June. There will also be a region-wide month-long focus on corporate volunteering activities in September and a series of volunteer exchange trips throughout the year.
The first volunteer exchange trip was held in April in Cambodia, involving 22 volunteers from 10 countries across Asia Pacific. The second trip happened in June in China, where 19 volunteers worked with Operation Smile.
Watch this space for more updates in the coming months.