As members of the communities they serve, Yorkshire Bank's employees are encouraged to take part in charitable work.
We actively promote volunteering opportunities amongst our employees, encouraging them to volunteer during Bank hours as well as in their own personal time. Every employee can take two days paid leave to volunteer on a Bank led volunteer activity which helps to strengthen the communities we operate in. Our employees get involved in a number of initiatives including:
We know that many of our employees volunteer in their own time. Our Employee Volunteer Grant Programme rewards and recognises the personal contribution of staff by providing grants to charitable organisations which they work with in their own time. Grants of up to £500 are awarded quarterly.
We run a Payroll Giving scheme that helps employees give to their chosen charity direct from their salary. Every donation made to the Bank's charity partner is matched pound for pound by the Bank.
Some 20% of our employees are donating to charities via payroll and in recognition of this for the third consecutive year the Bank has been awarded HM Platinum Quality Mark for Payroll Giving.
The Geared for Giving campaign encourages employers, across the UK, to introduce and promote a Payroll Giving Scheme, also known as Give as You Earn or Workplace Giving.
Your chosen charity receives your donation tax free so what you give could go up to 50% further. It means some 390,000 charities in the UK could be a whole lot better off.
We are only one of the many employers who have joined the campaign so far, and it has proved such a worthwhile cause that we would encourage other employers out there to pick up the challenge.