Bank Leumi (UK) PLC is fully committed to being an active and useful member of all communities it operates in. In this regard, the Bank has always viewed its charitable giving as an aspect of its social responsibility.
We support charities through donations and by organising and hosting fundraising events, thus helping the charities to raise money themselves. We also sponsor charity events, such as dinners, receptions, concerts and festivals. During 2016 we supported the community with more than £40,000 towards various charities. We also organised a number of charity events, leading to many thousands more being raised.
As well as making donations, we believe we should get more involved in the day-to-day work of the causes that we support. As a result, in 2016 we started a new initiative to encourage members of staff to spend time out of the office doing voluntary work for charities supported by the Bank. The initiative has been a great success with almost 200 hours of volunteer time donated to good causes.
As the UK subsidiary of a major Israeli bank we support a large number of charities that help wider communities in which we operate as well as Britain’s Jewish and Israeli community.
During 2016 the Bank has been supporting central London homelessness charity, The Connection. Every Thursday, members of the Bank’s team volunteer at the charity’s base serving a hot breakfast to homeless people.
The Connection, helps thousands of homeless people every year to stay off London’s streets. It provides a range of specialist services, all under one roof, to help people address their homelessness and re-enter society and live ‘normally’ again.
As well as regular volunteering work, staff at the Bank also raised money for the charity with events such a bake sale and donation of business clothes.
Bank Leumi (UK) CEO, Eli Katzav, spent a morning at The Connection in December,
“The time I spent at the charity’s base was incredibly rewarding” he said “It gave me the opportunity to meet some of the people who are experiencing really challenging times in their lives currently, but are hoping to maximise the support provided by The Connection to turn their lives around.”
We also believe that sustainability is part of the community so, as well as supporting the Leumi Group’s global sustainability endeavours, we should look for ways to minimise our impact by using local and ethical suppliers. For example, this year the Bank started to use Fruitful Office as its supplier of fruit for staff. The company plants one fruit tree for every basket it delivers.
Over the course of the year, our staff raised money for a variety of worthy causes. In May the bank held a Bake Off for The Connection. In July the Bank fielded a 10-person team in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge, raising money for Age UK. In September the Bank took part in Genes for Genes day, and in December staff organised a Christmas jumper day fundraiser for Save the Children.
Over the course of the year staff have done voluntary work at The Connection and Roots and Shoots, a South London charity that helps inner city children by training them in horticulture. Members of staff have also taken part in education and training non governmental organisation ORT’s mentoring scheme, JUMP. The charity introduces Year 12 students at schools in the London Borough of Camden to mentors who are established in their careers.
During 2016 we supported the following charities:
The Connection, a London homelessness charity.
Roots and Shoots, a charity that helps London’s inner city children though horticulture.
Save the Children, a charity that works in 120 countries helping save childrens’ lives, fights for their rights and helps them achieve their full potential.
Age UK, the UK’s largest charity helping everyone makes the most of later life.
Autistica, a charity which funds & campaigns for research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis, and develop evidence-based interventions.
The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, the UK’s leading Israel advocacy organisation.
JNF UK, supports good causes within the Israel by giving grants to individuals, charities, groups and other organisations.
UJIA, a charity that, in the UK, works to strengthen young people’s knowledge, faith and Jewish identity through meaningful contact with Israel.
WIZO UK, the founder member of the WIZO, an international women’s movement with 250,000 members in 50 countries.
The British Friends of the Hebrew University, a charity dedicated to supporting and promoting the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Royal Marines Charity London Dinner, an annual fundraiser at London’s Guildhall.
The Alzheimers Society, the leading UC care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.
The British Friends of Haifa University, a charity dedicated to supporting and promoting the Haifa University.
Jewish Blind & Disabled, which provides adults who are physically disabled or visually impaired with mobility apartments and 24-hour support to help them live independently.
Manna, the UK branch of Meir Panim, one of Israel’s largest relief organisations.
Jewish Care, a health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the south east of England.
Norwood, a UK Jewish charity that supports vulnerable children, families and people with learning disabilities.
UK Israel Business, provides access and information necessary to take advantage of emerging business opportunities in the UK and Israel.
Israel Business Club London, an organisation that works to develop commercial links between the UK and Israel and develops business relationships amongst its members
UK Jewish Film Festival, a two-and-a-half-week annual celebration of Jewish cinema.
Seret, the London Israeli film and television festival.
Variety Israel, an Israeli charity that helps children with special needs.