Corporate volunteering

Employees at Danske Bank have the opportunity to spend one workday per year to participate in voluntary work. We call it ‘Time to Give’ and employees can decide themselves whether they do it individually or together with their teams. On this page, you can read more about our partnerships and see examples of how our employees are spending their volunteer time.

Time to Give benefits both us as employees and society. By undertaking volunteer work, we’re able to contribute our competencies and help those who need it. On top of this, we also create a more sustainable workplace and workplace culture. We believe and have seen evidence from other companies that also shows that volunteer work contributes positively to the commitment and team spirit among colleagues.

Jeanette Fangel Løgstrup

Head of Group Societal Impact & Sustainability, Danske Bank

The way we volunteer

Employees decide themselves whether they want to work alone or together with their team. Similarly, they can choose to find their own volunteer work or they can sign up to a project headed by Danske Bank. It is up to the employees whether they want to contribute with their competencies or whether they choose to contribute in another way. One thing the guidelines do stipulate, however, is that the work undertaken must never be political, religious or discriminatory in nature.

Meet some of our volunteers

Volunteer for Mind Your Own Business

What?
‘Mind Your Own Business’ offers boys from vulnerable neighbourhoods the opportunity to start up their own microbusinesses in order to strengthen their social and professional competencies as well as their affiliation with the educational system and the job market.

Why? 
Our volunteer programme is call ‘Time to Give’. But I prefer to call it ‘Time to Get’. Because I get a lot out of helping the boys. I believe it is important to support these boys in starting up their own business and in this way show them opportunities that they may not see in their daily lives.

Erik SiggaardHead of Financing Products & Processes, Volunteer at Mind Your Own Business.

Fundraiser for Børns Vilkår

What?
Børns Vilkår works to ensure children's inherent right to feel safe, well-treated, and happy.

Why?
To ensure children can get the help they need. Also a good chance to talk to my own kids about the challenges some children face – not everyone is as lucky as us.

Thomas Manthorpe, Chief Portfolio Manager in Group Treasury, Fundraiser for Børns Vilkår

 

Volunteer adviser for +impact

What?
+impact is a free platform where purpose-driven start-ups share their challenges with experts and get the advice they need. +impact focuses on companies that address one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and that have the potential to scale and accelerate sustainability – also from a business perspective.

Why?
I picked up the challenge on +impact and it has been very exciting to be able to use my competencies and network to help solve some of the challenges they are facing. At the same time it has been very valuable for me to learn about the start-up community in order to find out what we as a bank should do to be able to support them as a segment.

Bjarne Lunde Sørensen, Head of Daily Banking Services, Volunteer adviser for +impact.

Sound Library - more opportunities for blind & partially sighted people

I've chosen to record audiobooks for blind and partially sighted people. These people have far fewer opportunities than sighted individuals, so there’s a huge demand for volunteers to contribute as much as possible in this area.

Zivile Braze

Project Manager in Lithuania

Ski-guide for Ridderrennet in Norway

What?
“The World’s largest winter sports event for visually impaired and disabled persons. This year I have actually guided the same person I guided 12 years ago.”

Why?
“My contribution is rather limited compared to what it means for the participants. It's so satisfying to see the joy and happiness such activities gives.”

 Finn Traneid, Private Banker, Ski-guide for Ridderrennet in Norway

Volunteer for ActionAid 

What?
ActionAid is a global organisation that works towards a world without poverty and injustice. I participate in setting the strategic direction for ActionAid’s work to prevent corruption achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication.” 

Why?
“It makes sense to me because I work with AML in the bank – and can use my skills to make a positive impact for someone else.

Ole Anand, AML Advisor, CSD (Business customers), Volunteer for ActionAid International in Uganda

 

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