Case Study: State Street
Image: State Street Volunteers at Providence Row Gardening Project / Credit: State Street/EECF
We spoke to Tracy Doherty, New Business Coordinator for European New Business at State Street Global Advisors about CSR and volunteering with EECF.
Can you briefly describe what your company does?
State Street is an American worldwide financial services holding company. The company’s headquarters are in Boston and we have offices in 29 countries around the world including London where we are based in Canary Wharf and employ over 2,500 people in the UK.
Do you have a particular focus in your CSR programme?
State Street has a long history in supporting the communities where we live and work, through community investment, employee volunteering and environmental sustainability. All employees are allocated two paid days a year for volunteering activities. Staff can also benefit from the State Street Matching Gift program and have State Street match their charitable donations, volunteer time and fundraising effort with a financial donation to the employee’s charity of choice.
Why did you decide to get involved in the local community?
State Street actively encourages staff to take part in volunteering in the local community which is wonderful. I have also been involved in supporting and volunteering a number of different charities in my free time over the years, from UK based to works overseas across a wide range of projects. I am aware many charities are unable to carry on the fantastic work they do without volunteers, so was keen to volunteer when I heard about the recent project at Providence Row.
Have you had any particularly memorable experiences from you CSR work?
I was very humbled by my recent experience at Providence Row, particularly when talking with clients taking part in the Art project and seeing how their experiences are reflected in their art work.
How would you like to see your CSR programme develop?
State Street is deeply committed to continue investing in the community directly and through our employees. Leveraging the skills and expertise of staff to support local community projects and organizations is one of our priorities. Sharing of an employee’s time and skills is a fantastic way to help to build a more sustainable community and also an innovative way for our staff to develop their own skills while directly benefiting the organizations who are striving to create cohesive, vibrant and thriving communities.
Have you volunteered with EECF recently?
I recently took part in the Providence Row Blitz the Courtyard Gardens. Their roof top garden forms the basis of their Food Programme and Gardening Trainee Scheme. The team I was part of assisted in garden maintenance and planting in both the courtyard and roof top gardens.
What did you learn from the experience?
That is doesn’t matter if you get soaking wet! It rained most the day. Truly, it doesn’t matter if the time you give is related to your work based skills or not, just giving your time really can make a difference, even if small, as collectively great things happen.
What was the best thing about your experience?
Talking with the clients and seeing what a difference a charity like Providence Row makes to peoples life’s on a daily basis and for the long term.
If you are interested in volunteering with your company please contact Tracey Primus, Community Engagement Manager, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7345 4446.
Sharing of an employee’s time and skills is a fantastic way to help to build a more sustainable community and also an innovative way for our staff to develop their own skills while directly benefiting the organizations who are striving to create cohesive, vibrant and thriving communities.