Employee engagement. Leveraging the expertise of our employees.
Together with our employees, we work with selected partner organizations to help strengthen our society and address social issues. We strive to build a more inclusive future, where all people can access the resources and develop the financial, entrepreneurial, and other skills to thrive in the economy and society.
As part of this commitment we set three focus themes: Financial Inclusion, Financial Education and Future Skills. In addition, we also provide opportunities for our employees to support local organizations in other topics in the communities where we live and work through a number of programs.
Companies can only achieve long-term success if they operate in an economically stable and socially cohesive environment. To create a sustainable impact, we have established strategic partnerships to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our global and regional initiatives. We make effective use of our social and financial capital to not only have a positive impact on society but also on employees and our core business.
By leveraging the energy, skills and professional expertise of our employees we drive social and business impact in the three focus topics of Financial Inclusion, Financial Education and Future Skills. In 2018, we continued to place an emphasis on volunteering programs that promote the transfer of skills and knowledge between employees and partners. Through our skills-based volunteering programs, we offer our employees around the world numerous opportunities to use their expertise to build capacity among our grant partners and to simultaneously enhance their own skills and professional development. In 2018, our employees around the world dedicated 58,687 hours to skills-based volunteering. Our employees' volunteering efforts also help to strengthen the Group’s corporate culture and foster cross-team and cross-cultural collaboration. In addition, our internal surveys have shown that employee participation in volunteering programs results in higher levels of employee satisfaction at work.
Our global skills-based volunteering programs
Employee engagement 2019
Employees: expertise, development, commitment
Our employees are an integral part of our commitment to society, dedicating over 187,900 hours of their time and expertise in 2018. As part of the bank's Human Capital Strategy, we allow each employee to devote up to four days per year to support our global partners and those active in social initiatives in the communities where we live and work.
Selected Projects 2019