Aristotle said that to serve others is the essence of life. This holiday season, the insurance industry has certainly done its part. Proving that time is just as important as money, its successful effort to raise funds for dementia research was accompanied by its donation of a total of 500 volunteer hours for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Week of Giving.
IICF’s Week of Giving is the largest ongoing volunteer initiative in the insurance industry. The initiative empowers the industry to take a leadership role in community service through a dedicated week of volunteer projects.
This year’s Week of Giving was held from October 13-20 in cities around the UK, including London, Brighton, Manchester, and Glasgow. Over 200 volunteers representing a broad range of companies from within the insurance industry gave their time to support 23 different community projects from 16 non-profits. Project activities included facilitating employability workshops, sorting donations in clothing drives, and helping out at Hackney City Farm.
Among the volunteers this year was Stephen Bryans, a partner at KPMG, who said that the initiative aligns perfectly with KPMG’s corporate values.
“KPMG considers its collaboration with IICF to be an important part of its overall corporate responsibility agenda,” he said.
“We have common objectives around the importance of improved social mobility and are committed to working together to achieve these objectives drawing on KPMG’s and IICF’s investment in the insurance community.”
Wendy Wilder, head of IICF in the UK, was inspired by the outcome.
“It’s been incredibly encouraging to see a growing number of industry volunteers across all career stages, donating their time for worthwhile causes,” she said.