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.
In addition to the above, the Bank supports SEI by involving colleagues in the SEI Awards review and selection process, through established mentorship opportunities within the SEI Alumni Network, and via our continued 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.
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
permanent tsb supports the work of Irish Charity through our Staff Charities Fund. The charities supported are nominated and selected by our people for the fundraising year, with numerous fundraising events being driven by our teams from around the organisation. All money raised is match funded by the Bank. Since establishment, the Staff Charities Fund has made donations in excess of €1 million to Irish Charities, supporting local communities across the country.
We look forward to working alongside this year’s Charity Partners - Pieta House and Make A Wish Ireland.
permanent tsb has in place a Bank wide Employee Volunteering Programme and corresponding Volunteering Policy. The programme is driven by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Steering Committee and encourages our colleagues from across the organisation to take part in the volunteering initiatives affiliated with the Bank’s Staff Charities. More than 1,000 volunteering hours were provided on the ground in local communities in 2018, equating to €26,000 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.