Giving and volunteering
A thriving economy depends on thriving communities. As a leading financial firm in the UK, we believe we can make a real and positive difference to people’s lives.
Giving back to communities
We’re committed to supporting and giving back to the communities we operate in. Our direct community investment in 2021 amounted to £7,266,818(*) compared with £11,078,270 in 2020, as measured using the Business for Societal Impact benchmarking standard. This includes the funding we make available to support colleague giving and the direct costs of delivering our community programmes.
Our Do Good Feel Good campaign
In 2021, we continued to promote our Do Good Feel Good campaign to give our colleagues opportunities to support the good causes they care about. As COVID-19 restrictions eased, we recommenced our popular challenge events in October 2021, offering colleagues free access to walking, running and abseil events across the UK, as well as a virtual event, enabling colleagues around the globe to take part. Across all our fundraising and volunteering programmes, our colleagues have given £3,543,533 and 43,003 worktime volunteering hours.
Support for disasters and emergencies
The COVID-19 response was still very much in our focus in 2021. In April, as the pandemic in India was escalating, our colleagues supported the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Coronavirus Appeal. NatWest Group, which has 13,000 employees in India, also donated £260,000 to UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign to help vaccinate two billion people worldwide.
Following our support of the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal in 2020, for which we were shortlisted for several awards, NatWest Group became a patron of the NET in January 2021. In this new capacity, we are one of the first organisations the charity calls on in an emergency response and on hand to supply surge capacity volunteers.
Our commitment to plant 100,000 trees
(*) In scope of EY assurance. See our External Assurance page for more details.