Deloitte has concluded its month-long initiative, Future Month, that saw its employees volunteer over 3,000 hours as part of the firm’s ‘5 Million Futures’ social impact goal.
Employees were invited to volunteer for different activities throughout May. As part of this, they helped students develop their critical thinking and communication skills and provided advice and support to those currently out of work, or at risk of redundancy.
They also coached small businesses and charities affected by the pandemic and recorded an audiobook for visually impaired people, as well as created e-fact cards on Black and LGBTQ+ role models.
Over 1,300 Deloitte people signed up to take part including Richard Houston, senior partner and Deloitte UK CEO. He joined other members of the Deloitte UK executive team for a session with Sacred Heart Secondary School Camberwell, hosted by Debate Mate.
Houston said: “We volunteered to help students with their debating and pitching skills. Their enthusiasm and ideas were simply brilliant, and the session was definitely the highlight of my week! Volunteering gives our people an opportunity to develop their skills, give back to society, and make a difference for those who need it most.”
Over 650 people at Deloitte also signed up to support similar Debate Mate sessions. Students pitched ideas relating to technology, climate change or their local community and the best pitches went head-to-head in a finale with the winning team receiving seed funding of £1,000 from Deloitte, as well as a session with the firm’s in-house creative design team to develop their idea further.
Claire Burton, director for Responsible Business at Deloitte, said: “We’re proud to encourage our people to volunteer their time and skills to benefit others. Face-to-face volunteering has not been possible, and we’ve had to re-think how we can make a positive impact in society during this difficult time.
“As well as continuing to support our existing school, charity and social enterprise partnerships, we are now also working with Governors For Schools, Action Tutoring, Tutor Mate and Business in the Community – all of which enable Deloitte people to volunteer their time and knowledge to help others remotely.”
Since 2016, the firm has given over 120,000 hours in volunteering, and 36,700 hours of work pro bono. It is currently working with over 70 partner organisations across the UK, helping communities access education and employment as part of the 5 Million Futures goal.