Community Day concept grows across Asia

Hong Kong, 01 June 2014

In 2010, Macquarie’s Seoul office held the first of what would become a recurring event on their annual calendar: a ‘Community Day’ where staff were invited to volunteer for a half or full day with a charity or, if time was limited, to donate financially.

In 2014, four more Macquarie Asian offices have joined the Community Day juggernaut, with the concept spreading to Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore last month.

More than 200 Macquarie staff joined the voluntary activities organised across the region, with teams working with 12 different organisations: sorting donated goods for re-distribution in Hong Kong; cleaning and maintenance work at an orphanage in Beijing; escorting abused migrant workers on an outing to Gardens by the Bay in Singapore; and organising games with orphans in Shanghai.

Seoul’s fifth Community Day was held in March, with a range of activities lined up across six different charities.

Macquarie Asia CEO, Ben Way, said as a way for staff to join their colleagues in making a tangible and financial difference to local community organisations, the Community Days were a standout initiative.


Image caption: Staff join up to participate in the Macquarie Shanghai office’s inaugural Community Day.