The Bank engages with the community through building strong community partnerships, providing financial support to local charities through the work of the Staff Charities Fund and engaging employees in volunteering initiatives that allow our people to live the values of permanent tsb both inside and outside of the organisation.
Permanent tsb entered into a five-year partnership with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) in 2017, contributing both financial support - €375,000 over five years – and also implementing an extensive employee engagement programme between SEI and employees of the Bank.
The Bank looks forward to strengthening this partnership in the years ahead by continuing to involve our colleagues in SEI’s Awards review and selection process, through maximising volunteering and mentorship opportunities within the SEI Alumni Network, and by growing its pro bono support of SEI programmes, whereby we match the skills of our people with the organisations that need them most.
Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is the network for responsible Business in Ireland whose vision is a country where all businesses are responsible and sustainable. BITCI's Network for Responsible Business consists of over 80 of Ireland's top companies, is growing year-on-year, and is a group that permanent tsb is proud to be a part of. As part of the partnership, BITCI provide the Bank with guidance and support on the development of our Responsible Business Agenda as we work towards achieving the ‘Business Working Responsibly Mark, an independently audited standard for CSR in Ireland that recognises best-in-class sustainability programmes.
We know that the world is changing, and that technology plays an increasingly fundamental role in society. As we embrace this change, the Bank recognises the need for managing technology and, in particular, equipping children and young people with the tools to stay safe and avoid harm while online.
With that in mind, permanent tsb was proud to announce a new community partnership with CyberSafeIreland in 2019.
CyberSafe is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on empowering children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner.
We were honoured to support CyberSafe in 2019 with redeveloping their website, providing both volunteer hours and specialist pro bono support, thereby allowing them to grow and scale their impact.
We look forward to working alongside CyberSafe to build on our partnership further and have a dedicated programme of work planned for the year ahead.
Permanent tsb works alongside the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID), supporting diversity and inclusion within our workplace. TCIPD’s mission is to enable individuals with intellectual disabilities to develop their potential through a combination of high quality research, dissemination of new knowledge, lifelong learning and, professional training and work placement initiatives, with a vision that it will lead to meaningful long term employment or further education opportunities for students who go through the two year programme. As part of the Bank’s partnership, we provide graduates of TCPID with work placement opportunities across the organisation.
Permanent tsb is proud to support the Arts through our partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland. The Bank supports Room 21, a newly refurbished gallery in the historic wing, containing an impressive display of Irish portraits and landscapes.
Image Credit - Jack Caffrey
In 2019, the Bank was proud to launch the permanent tsb Community Fund, a localised giving programme that will provide c. €100,000 in funding to five community organisations chosen by the Irish public. The Community Fund will operate in each of our regions across Ireland and will support Irish charities that are having a positive and meaningful impact on the ground and who are working hard to make a difference.
The Fund will work in tandem with Staff Charities, and through a combined effort will aim to contribute c. €300,000 back into local communities each year.
In 2019, permanent tsb Staff Charities donated €218,000 to local charities, supporting the work of Barretstown and The Alzheimer Society Of Ireland.
The charities supported are nominated and selected by permanent tsb employees for the fundraising year.
Numerous fundraising events are organised and managed by our colleagues from around the Bank throughout the year including: Charity Rugby Match; Hell and Back Run; Dublin Mountain Challenge; and, Annual Table Quiz, together with various local fundraising initiatives that are driven by our teams in the Branch Network. All money raised by employees is match funded by the Bank.
Since its establishment, the Staff Charities Fund has donated in excess of €1 million to Irish Charities, supporting local communities across the country.
We look forward to working alongside our 2019/2020 Staff Charity Partners – Make A Wish Ireland, Pieta House and CyberSafeIreland.
Permanent tsb has in place an Employee Volunteering Programme and corresponding Volunteering Policy. The programme is driven by the Responsible Business Steering Committee and sees our colleagues from across the organisation take part in the volunteering initiatives affiliated with the Bank’s Staff Charities. The Programme grew by c. 50% last year, with more than 2000 volunteering hours provided on the ground in local communities, equating to nearly €52,000 of in-kind giving.
Feedback from our people is overwhelmingly positive, with 100% of participants saying that they would recommend the Volunteering Programme to a colleague.