As our global presence grows, we continue to engage with the increasing number of communities where we operate, aiming to make a positive impact from a business, social and environmental perspective.
LSEG Foundation was established in 2010 to be the primary channel of the Group’s charitable giving and a focal point for staff engagement with charities. Its approach and positioning are aligned with the overall Group CR strategy, and also recognise the global reach of LSEG’s business model. In 2018, LSEG Foundation donated over £1.3 million, and the impact of donations is closely aligned to its core mission of empowering people and enriching communities.
UNICEF has been LSEG’s global charity partner for over 20 years. A key project between LSEG and UNICEF is Zambian Girls 2030, which aims to equip more than 11,000 Zambian girls with employability skills and help them access formal employment in Zambia. LSEG also contributes to the UNICEF UK Children’s Emergency Fund.
In April 2016, the new Group-wide volunteering policy was launched, allowing LSEG employees to take up to two days off per year to volunteer for a charity of their choice. In 2018, several micro-volunteering events were organised to benefit local communities. Examples of these initiatives include fundraising to purchase a portable ventilator for the national hospital of Sri Lanka, a children’s coding club to introduce the basics of coding at an early age, organising a blood donation drive to address the shortage at the National Blood Transfusion Service and participating in a city clean up in Colombo. In addition, we have our regional partner charities such as School Home Support in the UK and City Harvest in the US.
For further information on our initiatives in our communities, please refer to our CS Report, pages 23-27.