Our communities

Delivering economic and social benefits to the communities we operate in is one of Royal Mail’s core corporate responsibility objectives.

It reflects our role as the sole provider of the Universal Service and our integral place in the digital economy that’s vital to the UK’s economic future. We’ve been fulfilling this role for over 500 years. Our heritage provides a unique opportunity to educate and inspire.

 

Delivering economic and social benefits to the communities we operate in is one of Royal Mail’s core corporate responsibility objectives

 


Our strategic community investments

Royal Mail is proud to be a responsible business. We strive to build on our economic contribution and the jobs we create to deliver other long-term benefits for the communities we serve. We do this through strategic community investments, including charitable initiatives that leverage our unique combination of national scale and local presence.

In 2017-18, Royal Mail contributed £7.1 million directly to good causes and schemes for disadvantaged groups.

 

In 2017-18, Royal Mail contributed £7.1 million directly to good causes and schemes for disadvantaged groups

 

We build on the economic and social impacts of our operations by investing in strategic partnerships and finding ways to use our heritage and business assets to contribute to society.

Our strategy is to:

  • Leverage our national scale: our charity partner programme focuses our national scale around a single cause chosen by our people, to which we can make a measurable difference
  • Use our local presence: our Missing People partnership uses our presence in communities to help find vulnerable people of all ages; our Community Support and payroll giving schemes support the causes our people feel passionate about
  • Unlock potential through education: our online magazine, Teacher’s Post, provides classroom resources, and our partnership with The Prince’s Trust enables the Trust to support young people with mental health problems.

For more information about our community investment programme and initiatives see pages 52-63 of the 2017-18 Corporate Responsibility Report.

>Royal Mail Group plc - Corporate Responsibility Report 2017-18 (PDF)

 


Our community strategy in action

We support our communities in a number of ways, including offering support to current and former employees and their families in times of hardship.

  •  Rowland Hill Fund

    The Rowland Hill Fund provides support to current and former Royal Mail employees who fall on hard times. This includes those dealing with sudden illness or long-term sickness, disability or serious financial problems.

    During 2017–18, the fund provided 411 grants totalling £495,445. Royal Mail makes an annual contribution of £50,000 to the fund, plus an additional £60,000 a year in in-kind donations. Our employees donated a further £68,600 through payroll giving this year. We work with the Fund to ensure all employees are aware of the support it provides.

    In April 2017, the Rowland Hill Fund, with the support of Royal Mail, launched its first fundraising week to help raise money for colleagues in need. They held car washes in South Wales, breakfasts in Dromore and Ballynahinch, cycle rides in Chester and Wirral, raffles in Greenford, and cake sales in Swansea, Birch Park and Yorkshire.

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  •  Post Office Orphans Benevolent Institution

    We also provide support for the children of Royal Mail employees through our involvement with the Post Office Orphans Benevolent Institution (POOBI).

    POOBI is funded through the returns generated by investing a fund built up through employee contributions in the past. It distributes grants totalling £250,000 each year.

    Grants from POOBI help children facing hardship by supporting their education and helping them develop their talents.

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Our mental health strategy

In May 2017, we announced a new charity partnership with Action for Children, focused on addressing mental health issues in young people. The charity was selected by almost 36,000 Royal Mail employees out of a shortlist which included Mind and Mental Health UK.

We hope to raise at least £2 million for Action for Children. This will help to employ specialist youth workers to deliver face-to-face support sessions for 8,000 young people aged 15–18, helping prevent them from developing depression and other mental health problems. Our partnership will enable Action for Children to deliver a nationwide, preventative, mental health programme for young people in schools for the first time.

 

Our partnership will enable Action for Children to deliver a nationwide, preventative, mental health programme for young people in schools for the first time.

 

While Action for Children is the main beneficiary of our fundraising programme, we will also work with Mind and Mental Health UK, in addition to our other charity partners, over the course of the partnership to deliver a wide-reaching campaign for mental health.

Our mental health campaign has the following key objectives:

  • Inform and support our colleagues, promoting increased awareness and better mental health
  • Leverage our business and expertise to support our charity partners
  • Use our nationwide presence and reach to drive awareness and reduce stigma around mental health problems
  • Raise £2 million to enable Action for Children to help young people with mental health conditions
  • Leverage our supply chain to support our charity partners, raise awareness of mental health, and generate additional funds

For more information about our mental health campaign see pages 58-59 of the 2017-18 Corporate Responsibility Report.

>Royal Mail Group plc - Corporate Responsibility Report 2017-18 (PDF)