December 23, 2016

Reaching out to our communities

The holiday season is a special time for giving and sharing. That is why, around the world, Deutsche Bank employees get involved in charitable projects and fundraising activities that help those in need.

Deutsche Bank employees across regions are participating in fundraising and volunteering projects in the run-up to Christmas. December began with the annual World AIDS Day, which saw colleagues at several locations in Germany buying and selling stuffed bears to raise more than EUR 16,000.

In South Africa, Deutsche Bank again held its annual Charity Trading Day in November. Since 2000, a full day’s commissions have been donated to projects supported by Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation. This year, with the support of clients, the team again raised over ZAR 3 million (approx. EUR 200,000).

Colleagues in Singapore got involved in the Donate One Day initiative – either by nominating and selecting their favourite charity, creating awareness among colleagues or donating one day of their salary. This year’s total was SGD 680,285 (EUR 448,000). The tenth year of the UK One Day campaign, raised over GBP 1 million – the largest amount ever for the UK Charities of the Year: Autistica and Hope and Homes for Children.

In Hong Kong and Singapore, the bank hosted Christmas Charity Bazaars for the sixth consecutive year. Similar events included the CSR Festive Marketplaces in London as well as charity markets in France, the Philippines and Germany. In South Korea volunteers distributed over 20,000 kilograms of Kimchi to over 100 social centres on Kimjang day, when families get together to cook Kimchi, the traditional Korean dish.

Projects for the homeless and others in need include StreetSmart /SleepSmart in the UK as well as HilfMahl in Germany. Since the bank began its partnership with StreetSmart in 2006, more than GBP 5.5 million has been raised. In London, volunteers support the Whitechapel Mission which delivers Day Care Services for the homeless and the excluded.

Also in Germany, colleagues served as volunteers in Team Challenges during the Christmas season. They organised Santa Claus parties for refugee children as well as Christmas parties in kindergartens, schools and for senior citizens or people with disabilities. They also supported Christmas in a Shoebox with around 500 gifts for disadvantaged children and fulfilled in Frankfurt alone 680 wishes expressed on cards hanging on Christmas trees across the Bank’s locations. In January and February 2017 several hundred colleagues will again support soup kitchens for disadvantaged people in two local churches. For the first time this years, employees, clients and others are able to support partner charities via the new Plus You donations platform in Germany. Needless to say, projects for refugees remained a major pillar of our volunteering efforts with many colleagues who serve as integration coaches  introducing Christmas customs to the newcomers.

We would like to thank all colleagues for all their efforts and continued commitment to serve as corporate volunteers!

“StreetSmart is everyone’s chance to do the right thing at the right time.”

Gordon Ramsay Restaurant owner and StreetSmart supporter

In Germany

around 2,000

presents are donated to people in need every year.

3 million rand

were raised on the Charity Trading Day 2016 in South Africa.

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