Our CSR programme is driven by enthusiastic and dedicated employee champions in our offices across EMEA. They tailor our activities to each region and their particular needs to maximise the positive impact on the communities we serve. You can find some examples of our CSR activities by region below.
Working with Netherlands-based charity JINC, we support 8 to 16-year-olds so they get to know different professions and discover their own talents through career coaching, job application training and other programmes.
Through our CSR partnership with JA Europe, we support the financial education of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes running classroom sessions in primary schools, hosting students in our Brussels office and conducting a money management workshop that used rap music to make it more engaging.
A team of employee volunteers has taken part in the annual 'Dreck Weg Tag' initiative since 2007. Together with other business and community volunteers, they help to keep the city safe and clean and teach children the importance of protecting the natural environment.
Through our partnership with BIG Alliance, employee volunteers get the opportunity to take part in team challenges, which include improving community and school gardens. A number of colleagues also mentor local students and prepare them for the world of work as part of BIG Alliance's flagship education programme, Mentoring Works.
The inaugural One MUFG triathlon took place at Hever Castle in 2019 to raise funds for two other charity partners, Laureus and Working Chance. £22,795 was raised by colleagues who took part.
As part of their commitment to connecting with young people in the local community, colleagues took part in the Solidarity Race with Fundación Down Madrid. The runners completed either 2.5km, 5km or 10km to raise funds for young people with Down's Syndrome.
Working with L'Amico Charly, a local charity, our team in Milan engages young people through sport and financial education. Colleagues help to maintain a youth centre and football pitches, run sports workshops, assist at sporting events, provide homework support and run financial literacy workshops.
In addition, our partnership with JA Europe sees employee volunteers supporting young people so they gain crucial entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy skills that will support them to succeed in a global economy.
We work with La Cravate Solidaire, which collects business attire and donates it to young people who are looking for a job, as well as providing interview advice and assistance.
Colleagues use their spare time to record audio books, chosen by visually impaired people in our community, so that they can listen to the stories that will capture their imaginations.
Our colleagues in Moscow support vulnerable children at Kolomna Kids Rehabilitation Centre. This includes hosting talks about the basics of money, banking and financial services for 6 to 11-year-olds, providing training sessions about setting goals for 12 to 18-year-olds and raising funds for clothes, pens, exercise books and other vital materials.
Our local CSR programme in Warsaw focuses on sharing our expertise and resources and helping to educate young people. Through our partnership with JA Europe, we provide financial skills workshops for secondary school students and a job shadow programme. Staff members recently welcomed a group of students to our Warsaw office where they introduced them to different roles in the bank, the kinds of skills required and our company values.
Our employee volunteers have been assisting students in local universities for more than 10 years. At Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages, they deliver lectures on economics and cultural studies in the Japanese language and support students with essays and research. MUFG is also the only Japanese company in Almaty that provides internship opportunities, which is a pre-requisite for graduation.
Colleagues in our Dubai office are committed to supporting children with special needs at a unique care facility in the Middle East. Along with colleagues from Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Doha, they organised a donation to SENSES Residential and Day Care Centre to purchase clothing, personal items and other provisions and they also volunteered at the SENSES sports day.
Embracing the values of the holy month of Ramadan, our team in Dubai delivers meal packages to feed disadvantaged people at the end of a long day of fasting. Since 2017, MUFG has distributed more than 4,000 meal packages.
We work with the Johannesburg Hospital School, which supports more than 350 young people with autism and learning difficulties, to provide therapeutic horticulture. Our team regenerated the school garden and encourages students to grow vegetables – enabling them to gain respect for nature, increase cognitive function, build confidence and develop entrepreneurial skills.
A separate CSR initiative – The Meraki Project – saw the creation of a community garden and multi-purpose sports court at Eldorado Park Secondary School. The garden will help to provide nutritious food to the local community, increase awareness of sustainability and provide financial education skills to disadvantaged young people.
During the COVID-19 crisis, our team in Johannesburg collaborated with Rise Against Hunger to distribute thousands of meal packs to families in need.