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VIDEO | Barclays Citizenship Awards: Sabrina Boanu-Williams Works with the Thameside Prison Initiative

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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.

VIDEO | Barclays Citizenship Awards: Luke Davies and Green Deposit

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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.

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VIDEO | Barclays Citizenship Awards: Barclays Switzerland Colleagues Support Clair Bois Foundation

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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.

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VIDEO | Barclays Citizenship Awards: Hosoi Masatomo – Colleagues in the Community

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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.

Returning to Work with Barclays’ Encore! Programme

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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 in the News: Changing the World

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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.

Recycling Technologies: Making Plastics Digestible

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In 2016, Recycling Technologies was part of the first cohort of the Barclays Unreasonable Impact accelerator, which supports entrepreneurs that are providing solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Two years on it has booked £65m of future sales and is opening a UK factory with capacity for 300 employees. Founder and CEO Adrian Griffiths tells us the story of his company and how it plans to change the world of plastic recycling.

10 Takeaways from Barclays’ Green Frontiers Conference

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Barclays’ first green finance conference, held at London’s Royal Geographical Society, brought together speakers from business, finance and government to explore how innovation and investment can tackle climate change.

The conference was an example of what Rhian-Mari Thomas, Chair of Barclays’ Green Banking Council, calls “our convening power, that can bring together different parties to address the topic of accelerating green finance”.

We highlight ten key insights from the conference:

VIDEO | Barclays Citizenship Awards: The JOBLINGE Mentors Team Helps Provide Access to Employment

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Colleagues in Hamburg and Frankfurt partnered with the JOBLINGE Foundation to support over 124 people to find a job through mentoring and CV workshops, achieving 77% job placements as a result. In Germany, 500,000 young people are unable to find jobs or apprenticeships despite a shortage of skilled workers. In response, colleagues established a partnership with the JOBLINGE Foundation, who support young people aged 16-25 struggling to find employment on their own.

VIDEO | Barclays Citizenship Awards: Azure Power Team Uses Green Bonds to Finance Solar Projects

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Azure Power raised $500 million from green bonds, with help from our team, to finance solar power projects, contributing to India’s goal to move towards 40% electricity generation from non-fossil sources by 2030.

Barclays Citizenship Awards

Citizenship can take many different forms – from supporting entrepreneurs to helping young people develop their employment skills. The annual Barclays Citizenship Awards recognise those colleagues who make that difference and create opportunities to rise.

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