“Our success has always been inextricably linked to the progress of the people, communities and businesses that we serve,” said Group CEO, Jes Staley. “By publishing the ESG Report alongside our Annual Report, we’re demonstrating the importance that Barclays places on delivering sustainable value both to society and to our shareholders.”
In January 2015, a Barclays colleague based in Poole lost her 25-year-old daughter at the hands of a violent partner. This terrible news sent ripples across colleagues in Poole who made it their mission to help tackle domestic violence and raise awareness. Money was raised through the Domestic Violence charity, Stand And Matter, and colleagues connected with Safer Poole, a government run organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of domestic violence within the private sector.
Annabel Jones is an ambassador for the Stroke Association. Suffering from a stroke in 2011 at the age of just 22, Annabel uses her personal experience to support stoke sufferers, raise funds and generate awareness for stroke prevention.
Annabel gained support from her colleagues and has helped to raise in excess of £45,000. She has become a key ambassador for the Stroke Association, highlighting the key issues and challenges stroke survivors face through engaging with the media through newspapers, magazines, radio and local TV to raise publicity for the cause.
Digital fraud is growing and 73% of customers report they need to do more to protect themselves but don’t know what. In response, the Marketing and Fraud Prevention teams at Barclays worked together to research the problem and developed a digital interactive tool to help customers. The resulting Fraud Fighter tool gives personalized fraud prevention tips and an overall ‘fraud safe’ score.
Through her work with the Thameside Prison Initiative, Sabrina is successfully helping prisoners gain the skills they need to find meaningful employment after release. According to government figures, 46% of adult prisoners re-offend within a year of release, costing UK taxpayers £13bn a year. Giving prisoners the confidence and skills to gain meaningful employment after release greatly lessens the chance of re-offending.
Luke Davies was instrumental in the creation and launch of the Green Deposit, a first-to-market commercial product to help Barclays transition to a low-carbon economy. This pioneering and innovative corporate banking solution is a first for Barclays and the market.
Barclays Switzerland Colleagues have effectively partnered with two key charities to offer their time and support to improve the lives of others, in addition to raising 13,000 CHF for local charities. Colleagues support the Clair Bois Foundation, working with people with disabilities to support training and internships. This gives them the opportunity to gain work experience, leading to a number of placements being successfully made.
Together with Teach For Japan, Hosoi is improving education for children in regions suffering from extreme poverty due to the decline in industry, resulting in education being neglected. Teach for Japan recruits, trains and supports young leaders to become inspirational teachers, giving hope and providing guidance to disadvantaged children. Hosoi has played an active role in supporting Teach for Japan to establish their organisational framework, raise their profile at universities to recruit young leaders and provide pro-bono legal advice since 2015.
Before joining Barclays, Jo Aitken ran a sports organisation developing ambitious legacy initiatives in east London connected to the 2012 Olympics. In 2015, she took a year out to have a baby. One year turned into three, but Barclays’ Encore! programme – which helps people who have taken a career break to re-enter the workforce – allowed Jo to transition into a dynamic new role, as a Corporate Banking Relationship Director in Technology, Media and Telecoms. She tells us why the programme works.
Barclays has been named in Fortune magazine’s annual Change the World list for its innovative business practices and efforts to cultivate a “thriving society and planet”.
The US-based business publication’s annual list acknowledges companies that have had a positive social impact through programmes that are both intrinsic to their business strategies and beneficial to the community.