The Global Volunteer Program Award recognizes a global company that shows an exemplary overall approach to global corporate volunteering – with a well-thought-out strategy that fits their values, priorities and culture; an understanding and appreciation of global issues and local realities; and activities that address serious problems in a thoughtful way. The 2016 Global Volunteer Program Award was presented to Bank of America. Susan Portugal, Senior Vice President in the Environmental, Social and Governance group at Bank of America accepted the award on behalf of the company.
Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, employing 200,000+ people and operating in more than 35 countries. Volunteerism at the company is a strategic and comprehensive platform integrated with its business, philanthropic, and marketing initiatives. In addition to enriching local communities, the company views volunteerism as an opportunity for employees to advance leadership skills, team building, and other skills development. Bank employees recorded approximately 2 million hours of volunteer time last year.
“Volunteerism is part of our DNA, and we’ve worked to build global citizens who are helping to address pressing challenges that matter to us while also enabling them to follow their individual passions,” said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “We’re proud of the commitment of so many colleagues around the world who give their time, passion and expertise to improving communities.”
Examples of the bank’s volunteer program in action include:
- As it expanded its 30 year partnership with Special Olympics, the company helped sponsor the first ever Unified Relay across America, a 46 day event during which more than 115 employee teams helped carry the torch to the Special Olympic World Games.
- Last year, Global technology and operations employees in the Asia Pacific region launched a “Code for Change” program through which they developed technology solutions for NGOs, ranging from an app to help a food bank in Hong Kong collect food supplies, an educational game to promote better nutrition in Indonesia, and a monitoring system for children at risk of abuse in Thailand.
- Aligned with its robust philanthropic support related to hunger relief, including a partnership with Feeding America and the Global Foodbanking Network, employees volunteer in local food banks, helping them deliver on their mission of serving those at risk of hunger.
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