UK companies shun charitable work
Employees seeking to do voluntary work for charities are being given little opportunity to do so by their companies, new research by KPMG has found.
More than half of the those surveyed (53%) said they were not given any time off to do voluntary work, with just 4% given paid leave and 6% unpaid leave.
Companies are also not doing enough to support donations with more than a quarter of employees saying their companies did not offer a payroll giving scheme where donations are taken directly from their salary.
Mike Kelly, director of corporate social responsibility at KPMG, said: ‘At a time of public cynicism about business, it’s important that organisations are committed to their communities and employee volunteering is one of the most effective ways for a company to make a positive contribution.
KPMG says it offers its employees a half-day off a month of paid leave to support a charitable organisation of their choice.