Committed to society, Deutsche Bank wants to make a positive contribution not only by providing financial support, but also by putting one's shoulder to the wheel. . Our work includes providing lessons at primary schools, organising outings with elderly people and collecting sponsorship funds through sporting achievements. Each initiative, 'practical and hands-on', contributes to employees' personal development and is encouraged and supported by Deutsche Bank.
Deutsche Bank wants our employees to play an active role in volunteering work. One of the volunteering initiatives to which Deutsche Bank has been committed in the Netherlands since 2011 is the BizWorld project, the simulation game for primary school children around the age of 11 in which dozens of Deutsche Bank volunteers teach them how to set up their own businesses and deal with money.
Other volunteering initiatives have included the cycling event Alpe d'HuZes, in which a number of sporty Deutsche Bank employees cycled up l'Alpe d'Huez to raise money for cancer research, and the spontaneous initiative of 30 employees to take elderly people from Haaglanden out on an unforgettable trip to Madurodam.
BizWorld (http://www.bizworld-nederland.nl/content.php?taal=en) is a simulation game for primary school children around the age of 11 in which they learn how to set up their own businesses and deal with money. The game is sponsored by the business world, including Deutsche Bank. Not only does Deutsche Bank provide financial support, but its employees also get directly involved. In 2011, a total of 56 Deutsche Bank employees volunteered to assist 44 groups of school children around the age of 11. The 37 schools 'adopted' by Deutsche Bank are located in regions where Deutsche Bank operates through its local branches.
At the beginning of June 2011, two teams comprising 16 Deutsche Bank staff in total and their two coaches participated in a sports fund-raising event, the cycling event Alpe d'HuZes, cycling up the infamous 'alpine giant' l'Alpe d'Huzes several times in a row. Under the principle that 'giving up is not an option', the Deutsche Bank employees raised the impressive sum of € 85,000 for cancer research.
The first spearhead is long-term research, coordinated by KWF Kankerbestrijding, into the successful rehabilitation of cancer patients.