UN International Volunteer Day: Celebrating Danske Bank’s Volunteer of the Year

The UN has designated 5 December as International Volunteer Day, and on this day we are also announcing who has been chosen as Danske Bank Volunteer of the Year. The winner has been found after we launced Time to Give earlier in 2019 – a voluntary-work initiative programme that gives employees the opportunity to spend one workday per year carrying out voluntary work.

In 2019, Danske Bank launched Time to Give – a voluntary-work initiative programme that gives employees the opportunity to spend one workday per year carrying out voluntary work. Over the course of 2019, more than 1,200 Danske Bank employees across the countries in which we operate spent their Time to Give day making a difference to society.

The winner is...
Today on December 5 we are announcing who has been chosen as Danske Bank Volunteer of the Year. The winner is Jakob Lykke Konggaard, branch manager at Danske Bank in Aarhus. Jakob started up a partnership with with Det Kærlige Måltid [‘Loving Meal’], and he has been instrumental in mobilising 40 colleagues to help this NGO provide the severely ill with healthy and nutritious food – both by preparing the food and by delivering it. 


See Jakob's reaction when we surprise him

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More thank 100 nominated
In total, more than 100 volunteers were nominated for Volunteer of the Year at Danske Bank, with finalists being voted for by our Societal Impact team across the bank.

Time to Give - what you need to know

  • Part of our societal impact strategy.
  • All employees have the opportunity to spend one workday per year carrying out voluntary work.
  • Employees decide themselves which projects they choose to support –  the work undertaken must, however, not be political, religious or discriminatory in nature.
  • Time to Give has been inspired by programmes and activities that already exist within Danske Bank.

Read more about our societal impact strategy

About the UN International Volunteer Day

  • 5 December has been designated as UN International Volunteer Day.
  • Today marks the 35th time that the day has been celebrated around the world. 
  • The aims of the day are to promote volunteerism, to encourage governments to support volunteer work, and to recognise the contribution volunteers make to achieving sustainability goals at local, national and international levels. 

Read more about the UN International Volunteer Day