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Social responsibility – corporate citizenship

Social responsibility matters to us. Therefore, we supported charities through donations – money, time, resources – on a regular basis in the past. The charities we supported in 2015 included:

  • The ISTAT Foundation Roundtable Program, which supports a variety of charities all over the globe and provides scholarships, internships and education to students in aviation-related fields. In addition, and in relation to the work of the Foundation and their internship program, DVB Aviation Asset Management in London was pleased to host an ISTAT intern for a period of six weeks in summer 2015.

  • At Christmas time, our London office got involved in the Junior League of London’s (JLL) “Holiday Hampers” community project. Working with 14 partners, the JLL delivered more than 700 hampers in total, to over 1,500 people in need. DVB colleagues assembled 21 hampers with sweets, books, presents and personal care products. DVB also made a donation in cash of around £1,800 (£800 from members of staff, £1,000 from DVB Bank SE, London Branch).

  • As in previous years, we gave IT equipment to charities and welfare institutions for educational purposes or to expand their multimedia offerings.

In the autumn of 2015, we took another step towards greater sustainability and designed a corporate citizenship strategy, endorsed by the Board of Managing Directors. In accordance with this strategy, our future involvement will focus on social projects, and we will take a more systematic approach with the integration of our social activities into the business divisions, boosting the economic benefit of individual measures.

The concept fits our Bank and reflects our culture:

  • We want to provide more than financial aid. We also want to contribute resources such as time and expertise. Therefore, our contribution will comprise donations, sponsoring and allowing members of staff to volunteer for social activities during work hours (corporate volunteering).

  • We designed and implemented a process that matches the flat hierarchy which characterises DVB and allows for greater autonomy of each individual employee. This means that employees are welcome to bring forward suggestions for projects that they feel should be supported. With this open approach, we include all colleagues as our most valuable asset and foster their high community engagement.

  • We will successfully implement and professionalise corporate citizenship within DVB supported by our Board of Managing Directors, which is involved in all decisions.

Our future support will focus on projects that help as many people as possible, that have a long-term effect, and which are close to our offices and our markets. The partners we choose need to be reliable, competent and experienced. The Board of Managing Directors will receive regular reports on all projects. To ensure compliance with our internal guidelines and self-regulatory codes adopted on a voluntary basis, DVB’s Group Compliance will be closely involved. Special guidelines, developed specifically for that purpose, serve as a management tool that provides additional control to ensure social and economic added value.

DVB sees its active corporate citizenship as a way of giving back to society and assuming more responsibility for sustainability. At the same time, it is a way of motivating and retaining experienced members of staff in the long term – an important consideration in view of the demographic shift. In short: with an active approach to corporate citizenship, DVB increases its attractiveness as an employer and improves its reputation in both the transport and financial markets.

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