UK companies shun charitable work

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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.

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