BOV branches team up to sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS & FINANCE -

Sev­eral BOV branches teamed up to or­gan­ise ini­tia­tives in favour of dif­fer­ent phil­an­thropic or­gan­i­sa­tions and NGOs.

Branches were en­cour­aged to come up with ini­tia­tives that would sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity. “The ob­jec­tive was twofold,” ex­plained Geoffrey Ghigo, head Branch Net­work Unit at Bank of Val­letta. “On the one hand we wanted our teams to work to­gether to­wards a com­mon cause. Con­cur­rently, the ini­tia­tives un­der­taken would serve to strengthen the bond be­tween the branches and the com­mu­ni­ties in which they op­er­ate.”

The projects put for­ward and re­alised by the teams were var­ied in na­ture. Some of the teams made con­tact with a home that had chil­dren in their care and or­gan­ised a fun day or a bar­beque for the young res­i­dents. Oth­ers fo­cused on the el­derly, host­ing an af­ter­noon tea for them. Then there were oth­ers who un­der­took vol­un­tary work, em­bel­lish­ing en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas within res­i­den­tial homes or do­ing badly needed odd jobs.

“It was in­ter­est­ing to wit­ness how these events evolved. What started out as a chal­lenge, be­came an ex­pe­ri­ence that ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated thor­oughly en­joyed, and it helped increase syn­er­gies not only within the team, but also be­tween dif­fer­ent teams,” ex­plained Mr Ghigo.

Charles Az­zopardi, head PR & Mar­ket­ing at Bank of Val­letta added: “Bank of Val­letta has al­ways taken its Cor­po­rate Re­spon­si­bil­ity to heart. We feel it is also im­por­tant for our peo­ple to take an ac­tive role in their com­mu­ni­ties and this project has helped tremen­dously in this re­gard. Within the bank, we are also us­ing our in­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels to share these ex­pe­ri­ences across the or­gan­i­sa­tion, be­cause we feel that this helps to sup­port team­work and mo­ti­vate our peo­ple.”

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