Deutsche Bank

Corporate Responsibility
Report 2015

Engaging our people as volunteers and fundraisers

  • More than 17,000 employees volunteered over 185,000 hours
  • 843 Team Challenges involved 11,113 employees
  • Over €13 million generated through Matched Giving programs and fundraising initiatives

The commitment of our people to help others demonstrates the culture of performance and responsibility that we live by at Deutsche Bank. With our employee engagement programs, we encourage our people to support local community projects through fundraising and civic engagement. A wide range of volunteering opportunities gives employees the chance to apply their skills to make a difference in their community. Furthermore, our matched giving and payroll giving programs extend the reach and impact of the charities that equally matter to our people and Deutsche Bank.

Anyone at Deutsche Bank can become a corporate volunteer. One in five employees—more than 17,000 people globally—volunteered in 2015. Their experience and business skills can help to support young people, under-resourced charities, non-profit or community organizations, and entrepreneurs for social good to find solutions to their toughest challenges. Through the global Corporate Community Partnership (CCP) and the Yunus Social Business programs, Deutsche Bank managers are matched with non-profits in developing and emerging countries. 119 employees have assisted 75 initiatives in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Balkans since 2008. For our employees, volunteering is a chance to learn and bring new perspectives and insights back into Deutsche Bank, making us more responsive to our diverse client base. Volunteering not only boosts the impact of our corporate citizenship programs, but also has a positive effect on the personal development, motivation, and loyalty of our employees.

Examples of involvement include: volunteering as a mentor to foster educational and employment skills for young people through our Born to Be youth engagement program; and working directly with early-stage, innovative businesses through our Made for Good enterprise program. Alongside transferring skills, various Team Challenges play a vital role in the local community. Employees provide hands-on help for the disadvantaged, and support disaster relief and refugee-related initiatives. The Team Challenges are also an integral part of the curriculum for vocational and graduate trainees. In 2015, 11,113 employees made a difference in 843 projects worldwide. Deutsche Bank incentivizes volunteering efforts through paid leave, donations, and in-kind support.

As well as giving time and skills, our employees are equally committed to raising funds for charities. Be it through our matched giving programs in the USA, the UK, South Africa, Australia, and Japan, or the Donate One Day initiative in the UK and Singapore, we increase the reach of the non-profit initiatives that matter to our people. In the UK, the Charities of the Year program has raised over £14 million for 23 small charities since 1999. In Germany, we recently launched the Rest Cent initiative that enables employees to donate the “cents” of their net salary to a specific citizenship program. With the 2015 proceeds and the matching we provided, we have enabled five additional three-year STUDIENKOMPASS scholarships for young students who came to Germany as refugees several years ago.

Case study

Reaching out to help refugees

Some 60 million people around the world are living as refugees—and half of them are children. In 2015, more than 1.8 million people crossed the Mediterranean or found land routes to Europe. Fleeing war and violence as well as political, ethnic, and religious persecution, they are searching for a place where they can live their lives in safety and freedom.

In many cities and communities in Germany, Deutsche Bank employees help refugees to find their feet. Through local Team Challenges, volunteers prepare temporary accommodation, organize meet-a-friend festivals, cooking and sporting events, assist with bureaucratic formalities, and arrange leisure activities, or collect clothing, toys, and other goods. In 2015, around 900 employees invested around 1,200 days of their time to support 150 refugee-related projects. And an increasing number of our employees act as advisors to social start-ups and businesses that provide targeted support for refugees.

During the year, the social services department of the City of Frankfurt am Main joined forces with Deutsche Bank Foundation and eight other foundations to create a new initiative called Frankfurt hilft (Frankfurt helps). It aims to create synergies and direct volunteers to local refugee programs.

In late 2015, Deutsche Bank made its former training center near Frankfurt am Main available as a preliminary shelter for up to 600 refugees.

In other parts of the world, we also assist refugees in finding a new home with our local foundations, matched giving programs, or fundraising activities. Deutsche Bank Middle East Foundation, for example, is helping an aid project in Lebanon that provides a safe haven for some 1,500 families as well as water to 700 refugees who are living in tents. Other regions have channeled donations to global relief organizations.

Two young women teaching children in a classroom (photo)


More than 17,000 employees (22% of global staff) volunteered in 2015.

Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Volunteering footprint 2015
Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Volunteering footprint 2015 (chart)Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Volunteering footprint 2015 (chart)

Looking ahead

Our key objective is to offer targeted support to our community partners and to engage ever more employees. To do so, we will:

  • further strengthen skills-based volunteering opportunities in Deutsche Bank’s corporate citizenship programs;
  • extend our offer to help build capacities in the “third sector;” and
  • engage more than 1,000 Deutsche Bank employees in Germany as integration coaches for refugees over the next three years.
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