Our approach to community involvement is guided by our belief that we have a duty to be a model corporate citizen and a positive force in people’s lives. We serve customers in communities’ right across the UK and Ireland and we seek to work with local partners to address a wide range of issues that affect our customers. We also look further afield and recognise that there are opportunities to support projects overseas. We especially seek to address the social inclusion needs of people who live in deprived communities and support the money advice sector to address issues such as financial education and to carry out research into issues that affect our customers.
Good Neighbour is our flagship CR programme, helping fulfil our ambition to be the UK's leading community-based lender by creating opportunities for our people to work with our communities.
Our community involvement strategy
The strategy behind our community involvement activities comprises the following two strands:
- Helping to address the social inclusion needs of people who live in deprived communities.
- Supporting the money advice sector to address financial education issues and carrying our social research into matters that relate to our customers
Our community involvement programmes
Our community outreach activities are delivered through the Good Neighbour programme and The Vanquis Bank Active Community Programme.
Good Neighbour delivers support to local, UK based, projects and provides volunteering opportunities for our employees. It also offers employees matched-giving opportunities.
The Vanquis Bank Active Community Programme encourages employee volunteering and provides support to local charities in London, Chatham and in Nairobi, Kenya, through the international charity ‘Hatua’.
The structures we have in place guarantee that, despite economic uncertainty, CR remains a core part of our business.