On 9 June Citi celebrated #Global Community Day, its annual volunteering event. In this year's edition the Citi volunteers in Poland, together with their friends and families, were involved almost 3400 times undertaking 212 various initiatives. In only a month, between May and June, they reached over 31,000 people in need. Once again Poland joined tens of thousands of employees, former employees, customers, members of families and friends in more than 450 cities in 90 countries and regions, who participated in 1400 projects as volunteers, responding to numerous needs of local communities, from provision of food to the people in need, through renovation of schools, to preparation of young adults for professional career through workshops.
Within the Global Community Day the volunteers, in cooperation with local partners and non-profit organizations, were involved in actions for development of local communities. Some of those volunteering activities complement the corporation or charity initiatives lasting the whole year, such as the Pathways to Progress program implemented by the Citi Foundation.
“Global Community Day is now a long-running tradition that gives Citi colleagues all around the world an opportunity to further demonstrate our values to the communities we serve,” said CEO of Citi, Mike Corbat. “While our presence as a firm may be global, the real impact on this day is local, and one example of how we are enabling progress in a big way.”
Why am I a volunteer? “(...) firstly, because volunteering shows how little it takes to help someone. It also teaches humility, which we ourselves should foster, especially in business. Secondly, as a manager with more than 25-year-long experience, I perceive the volunteering as one of the most important extra-salary factors motivating people and a great lesson of cooperation, says Sławomir Sikora, CCO and CEO of Citi Handlowy.
Since 2006 when the first Global Community Day was organized, the volunteers of Citi completed almost four million hours of community service as part of projects organized in hundreds of cities. This year, for the first time we are able to see how the projects help to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDG).
This year, activities related to GCD were connected with three goals of Sustainable Development defined by the UN. Almost every volunteering project fits into one of the following three areas: good health and well-being for people, to eliminate inequality in the scope of health around the world (goal no. 3), decent work and economic growth, which support economic development and helps to increase professional competences (goal no. 8), and sustainable cities and communities, that is the actions improving the quality of life in agglomerations (goal no. 11).
We encourage you to join the discussion about the Global Community Day on social media using the following hashtag: #CitiVolunteers. More information on civic activities undertaken by Citi all around the world and the report on global citizenship of 2017 is available at: www.citizenship.citigroup.com.