More not-for-profits accessing NAB skills bank

Saturday, 12 October 2013

NAB employees have recorded the highest ever number of days volunteering in the community since the company's paid volunteering scheme was introduced 15 years ago.

Last year Australian employees volunteered 18,142 days, equating to $7.4 million of in-kind value. There has been a particular focus on employees donating their skills to community organisations, with skilled volunteering up 25%.

Michaela Healey, NAB Group Executive People, Communications and Governance said skilled volunteering provides a specialised offering for NAB's not-for-profit customers.

"Our employees are increasingly looking for meaningful volunteering opportunities where they can leverage their own skills and experience to help organisations drive social outcomes", she said.

Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda has benefited from NAB assistance in areas such as project management, assurance and procurement.

Catherine Harris, GM Business Services at Sacred Heart Mission said "NAB is helping us move into an exhilarating era where skilled volunteers are increasingly being drawn upon to supplement the Mission's lean administration resources and fulfil its commitment to best practice."

The benefits are not just realised by community organisations. A recent study by the Macquarie Graduate School of Management1 also found strong links between employee participation in corporate responsibility activities such as volunteering, and employee engagement.

Michaela Healey: "We know our employees take pride in NAB's focus on building more prosperous communities, including initiatives such as volunteering and workplace giving.

"We believe what's good for our employees and is good for business – because our employees play a key role in the customer experience and the performance of our organisation."

In addition to skilled volunteering, last year NAB employees:

  • prepared more than 57,000 meals for the disadvantaged
  • contributed to the care of more than 7,000 sick or injured animals
  • planted more than 10,000 native plants and trees

All NAB employees receive a minimum of 16 hours paid volunteering leave each year.

For further information:

Media

Jessica Forrest

M: +61 (0) 457 536 958

Kelly Quirke

M: +61 (0) 427 208 478

1 MGSM – 'Corporate Volunteering: Connecting People, Participation & Performance, October 2013

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