This November, MUFG staff will come together for an EMEA-wide fundraising challenge 'Fitprints for Good'. The aim is to cover 21,525km – the distance from Johannesburg to London, via our regional offices. To reach this shared goal, colleagues all over EMEA will be racking up kilometres by walking, running, cycling, or swimming, either individually or through group sporting activities organised by their local office.

This is all with one goal in mind: to change the lives of young people across the world.

In 2017, MUFG embarked on a four year global partnership with Laureus. Laureus Sport for Good uses sport to help young people around the world overcome violence, discrimination, and disadvantage, and believes that sport can change the world.

The money raised in this challenge will be used directly to advance the work of their 180 grass-roots programmes in 41 countries, which harness the power of sport to enhance the social and emotional development of children and young people in disadvantaged communities.

Nobuyuki Hirano, Member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of MUFG Bank, said at the time of launch of the partnership in February 2018:

"The core values of MUFG sit perfectly alongside Laureus' belief in the power of sport.

"One of our organisation's goals is to contribute towards solving social issues in communities around the world and, in alignment with both Laureus' goals and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, we hope to contribute to education and employability efforts by leveraging 'Sport for Good'.

"We are looking forward to joining Laureus in their mission to use sport to make a positive impact around the world"

Takanori Sazaki, Managing Executive Officer and Regional Executive for EMEA, and John Winter, CEO of MUFG Securities EMEA, Head of UK MUFG Bank and Head of Global CIB EMEA, said:

"In EMEA, we work closely with 'Sport for Good' in collaboration with our CSR efforts. MUFG Fitprints for Good is our first EMEA-wide fundraiser of its kind and we are excited to work as one team to be part of this positive change."