Royal Mail has a major presence in every UK region, employing local people, connecting customers, companies and communities. We make one of the single biggest economic contributions of any UK company.
This is supported by our active investment in communities and our charitable giving programme. Through this, we aim to enhance our contribution to the UK economy and make a positive difference to the communities where we operate.
Our people take great pride in the work they do in communities. They are daily ambassadors for Royal Mail and a credit to the company. Our aim is to drive colleague advocacy of the Group and its community role. We make a significant investment in our community investment programmes and support colleagues’ fundraising and volunteering for all charities and registered good causes.
We make a major contribution to the UK’s social and economic infrastructure. In 2014, the Centre for Economics and Business Research found that we made the seventh largest contribution to the UK economy of all UK corporations.
Each year, Royal Mail invests around £10 million directly in UK communities, including support for our colleagues’ fundraising and volunteering activities.
Our Articles for the Blind scheme provides a free delivery service for blind and visually impaired people, at a cost of around £5.5 million a year.
We hold the Guinness World Record for payroll giving, with more than 975 charities benefiting. In early 2014, we celebrated reaching 25 years and £50 million in charitable donations through our payroll giving scheme.
We aim to raise at least £2 million for our Charity of the Year - Prostate Cancer UK.
In Europe, GLS uses its services to support areas of need across the region. This has included: delivering organic breakfast boxes to pupils in Frankfurt; collecting Christmas presents for refugee children in Austria; and collecting and delivering aid supplies in Sassari, Italy, following the devastation of Cyclone Cleopatra in November 2013.