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BT volunteering

BT’s employee volunteering benefits thousands of communities and charities  

Thousands of communities and charities have benefitted from an increase in volunteering by BT employees this year, after the company saw a 62 per cent rise in people contributing to good causes. In the year up to June 2015, 26 per cent of BT people spent 53,000 days supporting more than 3,700 charities and community groups around the world, raising more than £80million for good causes.

BT runs its own volunteering programme, helping charitable organisations to thrive and grow. The programme enables BT employees to use up to three days of working time each year for community and charitable work. This provides communities with tens of thousands of days of support each year, worth millions of pounds. Employees also use their spare time to contribute with coaching boxing in local schools, hockey coaching in the community, as well as helping running and cycling clubs, being some examples.

BT invests at least one per cent of pre-tax profits in charities and community organisations each year, through a mix of direct funding and in-kind support. The company is looking to encourage more employees to participate further, volunteer in areas they excel in and has the ambition for two-thirds of employees to spend time volunteering to support good causes by 2020. BT also works alongside BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief, ChildLine and Disasters Emergency Committee with numerous BT employees volunteering during their frequent telethons at the BT Tower in London and across the UK to raise money during their appeals.

It is also two years since the launch of BT’s Supporters Club, an initiative aimed at building a better world through sport. BT Sport customers can make a recurring monthly donation of £1, £3 or £5 to The Supporters Club via their BT bill. The donations are spent by Comic Relief, the charity partner, on projects that use sport as an enabler for social change, helping disadvantaged young people in the UK and abroad. Over the coming year, BT encourages its employees to volunteer even more with charities that are benefitting from The Supporters Club grants.



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