Standard Life breaks volunteering target on International Volunteer Day

Today is International Volunteer Day, which celebrates the efforts of volunteers around the world. As a sustainable, global investment company, Standard Life has been supporting and promoting volunteering projects across the communities where it operates, encouraging its employees to get involved. Today Standard Life is pleased to announce that its employees have already exceeded the company’s volunteering target set for 2016.

After successfully breaking its 2015 volunteering target, Standard Life doubled its target for 2016 to 1,000 volunteering days across the year. This target has already been surpassed, with 1,400 volunteering days taken by Standard Life’s people around the world in 2016 - an increase of over 700 days on last year’s total. To support this, its volunteering policy encourages its people to take three paid days leave a year to volunteer.

Standard Life recognises that volunteering can make a huge difference to individuals, communities and organisations, and sits alongside the charity partnerships that the company has around the world. The volunteering activities that Standard Life employees have been taking part in are varied, some examples include:

  • Working alongside Poppy Scotland to sell poppies on the streets of Edinburgh
  • Partnering with local charities in Hong Kong to offer support to elderly people living alone
  • Selling cards and baubles at ‘Tree of Hope’ in Dublin to raise vital funds for Arc Cancer Support
  • Volunteering their specialist work skills to help charities on specific projects
  • Becoming charity trustees

Chief People Officer Sandy Begbie said:
‘Our volunteering policy is there to make sure those who want to give something back, can do so, while being supported by their employer. We set ourselves a challenging target of 1,000 volunteer days in 2016, but to have reached 1,400 already is a wonderful achievement, especially when you think of all the fantastic causes that have directly gained from the dedication and enthusiasm of our employees who have been giving up their time to volunteer. It’s a great testament to them, and a great way to mark International Volunteer Day.'