Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow with Dragon Award winners
Barclays, IBM and Alium Partners were among the winners of the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards at a ceremony at Mansion House on City Giving Day. The awards, now in their 28th year, recognise the contribution made by London businesses when it comes to sustainable and meaningful community engagement.
Barclays were the recipients of the Lord Mayors Award for Longstanding Achievement for their seven year partnership with Ian Mikrado High School, a school for pupils with complex social, emotional and behavioural in Tower Hamlets. Barclays have provided mentors to help develop employability skills among students as well as funding family support workers and psychotherapists who support students and their families.
This year’s applicants for the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards volunteered around 92,000 hours, helped 290,000 people in London and created 5,000 training placements as a result of their community engagement.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) appears to be having a resurgence in the capital as young professionals are more engaged with charitable causes. City Philanthropy’s recent research ‘More to Give’ showed that over 50% of workers under the age of 35 in London, say they have the desire to volunteer more. The report also revealed that over a third wanted volunteer opportunities that matched their skills.
The Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow, who presented the awards, added: “I could not be more proud to champion the participants and winners of the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards. Their innovative contribution to our communities shows the immense value of CSR. In fact, we could not do without it.
“Today’s Dragon Award winners are continuing this work with a broad range of initiatives – enabling business employees to use their skills to maximise the impact of the voluntary sector, and help 300,000 Londoners directly. Whether serving as mentors for school children or accountants for charities – they are a fantastic example of corporate community engagement, and helping to build a fairer and more prosperous society.”