Our commitment to community investment is a vital component of how we operate as a responsible business. We pledge to use our resources to support the communities where we live, work and serve, and make a sustainable difference to people’s lives. Investment covers a range of aspects, including how we use company funds, time, skills and expertise to build stronger local communities. This commitment has remained unchanged since we arrived in the UK, yet we keep learning from and adapting to the world that surrounds us.
Financial & Digital Literacy
We are dedicated to supporting communities understand the world of credit. Our CSR work in this area focuses on ensuring communities are equipped to succeed with credit, with tools such as our 'Cheese Matters' opens in a new tab school based workshops.
We also recognise that the current digital revolution is heavily – and rapidly – impacting the financial services sector. Success in one’s finances tomorrow therefore means being financially literate, but inevitably also being digitally savvy. That’s why we’ve developed a number of programmes that give the communities in which we operate tools for digital inclusion.
Investing in the development of young people to be the best they can be is an important focus for us. We work alongside primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, to help our future workforce understand what it takes to succeed in business. Through office visits and mentoring programmes we help increase aspirations and confidence for successful working lives.
From fundraising efforts to staff volunteering, we engage our employees to make the best use of their skills to benefit charities, social enterprises and schools. We recognise that resilient communities will mean a resilient economy, and community engagement is fundamental to achieving this. Leveraging the talent and expertise from within our business to support communities prosper is at the heart of how we do business.