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BT people spend 53,000 days volunteering in 2014/15 

4 June 2015

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To mark National Volunteers’ Week, we revealed that in the past year 26 per cent of our employees volunteered last year. They spent 53,000 days supporting more than 3,700 charities and community groups around the world, raising more than £80 million for good causes. What’s more, we’ve seen a 62 per cent rise in the number of employees who contribute to good causes.

Sir Michael Rake, chairman of BT Group, said: “Our people contribute to their communities in many ways and I’m proud of our strong volunteering ethos throughout BT. We strongly believe volunteering is good for employees and the business, as well as benefitting charities and communities they support.”

We’re proud to give our employees up to three days of working time each year for community and charitable work – meaning communities get tens of thousands of days of support each year, worth millions of pounds.

We want to inspire even more employees to volunteer in the areas they excel in and our ambition is for two-thirds of our people to spend time volunteering to support good causes by 2020. That can be through working with our charity partners – BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief, ChildLine and the Disasters Emergency Committee – or with The Supporters Club, our own initiative that works to transform the lives of disadvantage young people through sport.

One BT person who spends time volunteering is Liz Walker, general counsel for BT’s Global Services, who combines her job with a County Commissioner role at the Scout Association and is involved with the jamboree in Japan.

She said: “I’ve got two full-time jobs – my demanding working life and my scouting life. But one feeds the other. Scouting gives me a huge amount of energy and passion. And I take that into my work life as well.”

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