We extend our culture of service excellence into the wider community through our volunteer and social development activities, and take steps to support and lift up their vulnerable and underprivileged populations, to establish the inclusive, compassionate and progressive communities.
As part of our efforts to encourage greater civic participation, our employees are able to take two days of volunteer leave per year to support worthy causes. Bank volunteers took part in a wide variety of community-focused activities in 2017, including outings with underprivileged children, delivering hot meals to the elderly and assisting with environmental clean-up initiatives. Since 2013, our staff and their family members and friends have contributed nearly 90,000 hours in volunteer service.
Various Bank departments also use public service to help reinforce good team spirit and strengthen relationships with the local community. Departmental volunteer activities in 2017 included eco-tours with young people from ethnic minority populations, mural painting in hospitals and museum visits with senior citizens.
The Bank's senior executives also serve the community by taking up different roles and positions in charitable organisations and public bodies.