Community commitments.

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Community commitments

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Area of focus for 2012 – 2014

GCSR Owner

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manage appropriate international CSR programmes to address the ESG (environmental, social and governance) risks and reputation in those marketplaces.

Group CSR committee

In 2012 following private benchmarking of Legal & General America, Netherlands and France by Business in the Community where a 30% average performance level was achieved we will a) improve our disclosure of these businesses in our yearly reporting cycle and b) improve BITC Ratings for these businesses in line with expected Group performance."

Gareth Hoskin via Sharon Ennis

Legal & General America, France and Holland all have further disclosure in the 2012 GCSR report in the product, environment, and community areas.

Training and education has been provided to these businesses in the following areas:

CAF Bank’s International Giving research has been provided to each country to benchmark local giving patterns.

Master classes have been delivered to all subsidiaries and joint ventures on topics including resulting in further support from teams in the UK business. Topics included:

  • Campaigning and NGO’s
  • Community investment
  • Good governance
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Environmental performance
and joint venture businesses in Q4 2012. Gap analysis reports have been provided to each of UK based business owners with responsibility for oversight and local CEOs.






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India First




Local entity CSR targets for 2013 to be agreed and finalised in Q1 2013.

In 2012 benchmark joint venture companies using the BITC CR Index to establish their natural level of CSR performance

Gareth Hoskin via Sharon Ennis

See above

By 2013 create a ’gearing up for work’ programme which provides 200 people looking to access work with a chance to be given valuable mentoring and employment experience within Legal & General Group Plc.

Graham Precey

The ‘step up for success’ programme delivered in Kingswood and Cardiff in July 2012 for 60 young people.

14 of our mentors were involved and delivered a level 2 “Yong Consultants Award”. This programme has been reviewed by the Work Foundation, IPPR, CIPD and Education and Employers Network.

25 members of the Warrior programme came through our business in 2012.

10 work placements were provided through Blind in Business and Action for Hearing Loss (LGIM and Cardiff). This has resulted in these organisations being set up as source agencies when we search externally for permanent roles.

The total we have delivered against target in 2012 is 95 people.

For 2013 we have plans to deliver the remainder of the work including:

  • Further Warrior programmes for ex armed force rehabilitation for approximately 50 people
  • We also have 3 ‘step up for success’ in 2013 involving 90 young people with the research themes of ‘digital’ and the ‘next generation of shareholders’.
With these efforts we will have delivered approximately 245 ‘gearing up for work places’ by the end of 2013.

On Track

To support the community as a whole, especially on grass roots issues where we feel we can make a difference in key programmes.

Group Charity committee

In 2012 continue to provide at least 1,000 working days of volunteering across the Group from our employees and business partners that also helps employees to evidence the ’taking a wider interest’ behaviour

Sara Heald

The community team delivered 1718 volunteering days in 2012

This represents 23% of the workforce compared to 18% in 2011


To support the community as a whole, especially on grass roots issues where we feel we can make a difference in key programmes.
To partner with third sector organisations to campaign for the issues that matter to our markets and businesses. To support and encourage employee involvement in charitable giving, volunteering and in utilising the resources available to them.

Continue to invest at least £2.5 million into the third sector as a result of employees, business and community activities.

Sara Heald

£3.8m invested in third sector / not for profits in UK, US, Netherlands and France

We have launched a new breed of community investment now launched in joint venture with CAF and NESTA’s Innovation in Giving Fund to add support for social enterprises to our community strategy.



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