Engagement at CIBC MellonTuesday August 11, 2015 Written by Retain Canada
CIBC Mellon's Together in Action volunteering program was “highly commended" at the Employee Engagement Awards and Conference.
The award, presented on June 17 in New York City, recognizes a project dedicated to engaging employees through a social responsibility initiative or program that creates a positive impact on both the workforce and also to the wider community.
"This award recognizes the excellence of forward-thinking, socially responsible businesses who place emphasis on employee engagement and benefitting the communities around them," said Matt Manners, founder of the Employee Engagement Awards. "CIBC Mellon's employee-focused and employee-driven volunteering program stood out as an excellent and engaging program, and we applaud them for their efforts."
The Together in Action program has grown tremendously, with 674 employees – approximately two thirds of the company – taking advantage of paid time off for volunteering in 2014. That’s up from 50 participants in the program’s inaugural year in 2009. The program is built around empowering employees to propose, build and execute volunteer events while directing corporate financial donations to the charities that matter most to employees.
CIBC Mellon donates $100 per volunteer event participant, plus an additional $100 when employees support a United Way member agency or program.
"CIBC Mellon recognizes the value of volunteering and its powerful contributions to employee engagement and to the communities where we live and work," said Muna Al-Joulani, assistant vice-president of human resources corporate programs with CIBC Mellon and chair of the company's corporate social responsibility steering committee.
"We are proud to be recognized at the Employee Engagement Awards as one of the highest performing companies in North America in terms of engaging employees through corporate social responsibility, and I know CIBC Mellon employees are excited to further expand volunteering efforts in 2015,” Al-Joulani added.
CIBC Mellon was the only Canadian company recognized at this year’s Employee Engagement Awards.