September 27, 2016

Janet Johnstone: On supporting the Lord Mayor’s City Giving Day

Janet Johnstone

Janet Johnstone

There are more than 15,000 businesses located in the City of London and this morning, to celebrate The Lord Mayor’s City Giving Day, I had the privilege of being alongside some of them to open the markets at the London Stock Exchange.

City Giving Day is an opportunity to explore the ways in which businesses like ours can support the communities around them. Whilst it is a day of celebration and a day to recognise the great work that has already been done, it is also a call to action to do more; to have an even greater impact.  

I think it’s important to support initiatives like City Giving Day because BNY Mellon, with its resources and expertise, can make a huge difference in the community. I have witnessed the difference that a hot meal delivery can make to the hungry and homeless, while my involvement in mentoring and career development programmes has highlighted just how beneficial volunteer support can be to a young person’s self-confidence.

I am always encouraged by the enthusiasm and commitment I see from colleagues who take part in our community partnership initiatives. From sharing skills with charities and those that they support through workshops and mentoring, to developing charity infrastructure through board service and trusteeship, to renovating community spaces, the ways in which our employees can be involved in their communities are endless. 

And, for the very first time, I am thrilled to say this year our City Giving Day efforts have stretched even further with fundraising or volunteering activities simultaneously taking place in 15 of our international locations across EMEA and APAC, for many worthy causes. The spirit of City Giving Day is in uniting with others to make a difference, so it is in that spirit that we took the opportunity to extend the invitation to our international colleagues, wherever they are based, so that they too could be part of a large-scale collaborative effort to support community projects.

Our Community Partnership programme gives employees three days paid volunteering time each year, as well as company matching for volunteering and fundraising efforts. Providing this support is a reflection of our commitment to corporate social responsibility and to the communities that we are a stakeholder in, but is also about team-building, personal development, and employee pride in working for BNY Mellon.

To learn more about the wonderful charities being supported this City Giving Day, and to follow the events and photos as the day unfolds, don’t forget to follow @LMAppeal on Twitter or search for #CityGivingDay.