Citi to mobilise thousands of employee-volunteers across 100 countries on Global Community Day

November 15th, 2007 - 10:56 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, Nov 15 (ANI-Business Wire India): Over 2,000 Citi India employees from across 35 towns and cities will join thousands of their colleagues worldwide on the company’s second annual “Global Community Day” on Saturday, November 17, to dedicate their time, talent, skill and effort to a wide spectrum of community development initiatives addressing specific community needs including education, housing, environment protection, child welfare, senior citizen support, disaster relief and healthcare among others.
Citi’s Global Community Day is a worldwide effort involving hundreds of projects in hundreds of cities around the world. Recognizing that many Citi employees volunteer year-round in their communities, Global Community Day celebrates Citi’s volunteer spirit on one-day worldwide. The inaugural Global Community Day held in 2006 recorded volunteer participation by more than 30,000 employees, along with family and friends, in over 700 projects in 100 countries.
To fully leverage the enthusiasm that employees have demonstrated for Global Community Day, Citi India has partnered with leading NGOs in each geographic location and jointly designed day-long programmes that will help make a meaningful difference to each local community. Each volunteer team, an eclectic mix of employees drawn from different Citi businesses, across diverse hierarchies and age groups, will accomplish a clearly defined set of tasks assigned to it.
“Volunteerism is a key aspect of our corporate citizenship globally and in India. We encourage our employees to use their knowledge, experience and skills to support social projects. By facilitating employee access to volunteer service, Global Community Day serves as a powerful platform for our people to actively engage and make a difference in the communities that we live and work,” said Sanjay Nayar, CEO, Citi India.
“I am delighted and proud of the overwhelming response employees across the country have shown towards Global Community Day. Through these activities our employees have the opportunity to apply themselves to very worthwhile causes, and also enjoy the opportunity to meet each other in a relaxing and informal environment,” said PS Jayakumar, Country Business Manager, Global Consumer Group, Citi India.
“Citi is committed to mobilizing the enthusiasm and talents of our employees so that they can make a positive difference in the communities where we work together. Citi’s Global Community Day is company-wide, with tens of thousands of volunteers in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North America. It is a symbol of the many ways we make a difference, through our business practices, our philanthropy and our volunteerism,” said Pamela Flaherty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Citi Foundation and Director, Corporate Citizenship.
For Citi, which has been in India for over 100 years, corporate social responsibility (CSR) extends much beyond “cheque book philanthropy” to make a real, tangible difference to the society. Citi’s CSR initiatives are a culmination of a clear-cut, well thought-out strategy, that aim at sustainable development by changing the lives of those it touches. (ANI)

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