A Sustainable Business

As the Bank of You, we want to support colleagues, customers, communities and society in a way that makes a positive and lasting impact. To do this, our sustainability programme continues to focus on four main areas: Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Environmental Responsibility and Health & Wellbeing. Our programme is driven by employees and it is their commitment that makes a real difference to our society.

Fostering Young Careers


Entrepreneurship
Divergent thinking will be key in solving the challenges of tomorrow. Entrepreneurship and the creation of enterprises designed specifically to address social problems will become more important as Ireland’s population grows. We have put in place various programmes to support entrepreneurs.

Enactus  – Get Ready to Innovate!
In 2018, weworked with Enactus Ireland to support third level students develop their social enterprise ideas. Through this partnership, KBC provided the following supports.

  • Eight paid summer internships – three students are returning to KBC for further employment.
  • More than 38 KBC employees volunteered to support students as training facilitators, business advisors and participants atevents and on judging panels.
  • After a day of pitching toa panel of KBC judges, two Enactus students received €500 seed money towards the development of their social enterprise project.

Inspiration Day
In partnership with the Dublin Tech Summit, we hosted the KBC Inspiration Dayattended by more than 150 entrepreneurs. Panellists from a diverse range of businesses discussed the changing face of their industries.

 

Environmental Responsibility
As innovators in banking, our focus has been on providing easy to use and accessible products. This means a digital- first approach that goes hand-in-hand with a greener, more sustainable business. But more than this, we have a long term green strategy which is embedded in the hearts and minds of KBC employees.

Carbon  Footprint
We are proud signatories of the BITC Low Carbon Pledge. By signing this pledge we have committed toreducing our Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emission intensity by 50% by 2030.

We have reduced our energy consumption through a dedicated LED and aircon programme that are energy efficient.

  • Our waste segregation process has helped us to achieve 130 tonnes ofrecycled waste.

  • Rainwater Harvest - We installed arain harvesting unit in KBC head office which processes and collects rain water so it can be re-used.

  • Our dedicated Green Team drive our sustainable business goals, initiatives and communications through awareness weeks, campaigns and competitions.

Health & Wellbeing

A cultural shift to manage wellness is evident in Irish society and in light of this, we have made total health and wellbeing our focus. The reason is simple: mental wellbeing is equally as important as physical health.


We are proud supporters of SeeChange and we were recognised as a Green Ribbon Workplace.

All our employees have access to wellbeing benefits from personalised plans, study support and flexible work.

We achieved the Irish Heart Foundation Gold Level Active@ Work award.

We continue to make health and wellbeing a focus through innovation with our partnerships. We are the only bank to offer Irish customers payments through their fitness devices, including Fitbit Pay™ and Garmin Pay™.

By partnering with Wellfest we played an active role in bringing wellness to our customers. The festival inspires and educates people about nutrition, fitness and mental health with a host of experts in these areas.
 
Financial Literacy
In Ireland today, just one in four adults describe themselves as being financially savvy. In KBCI, we are focused on increasing financial awareness across all stages of life.

Youth
We partner with Junior Achievement Ireland and Business in the Community Ireland to deliver financial literacy programmes to primary and secondary schools.

During 2018, more than 52 volunteers inspired and motivated students in five schools in Dublin through the Make Maths Matter and Skills@Work programmes.

Starting out
In 2018, weran Home Series Events across Ireland. These events had expert advisors on hand to take attendees through the step by step process of buying a house and demystifying the mortgage process.

Towards retirement
As customers move towards retirement, financial considerations can change. To support customers at this life stage we hosted 16 investment evenings nationwide.

Online Portal
Our online portal, the KBC’s of Banking, promotes understanding of financial management, financial products and planning with easy to understand educational content. There have been over 5,000 visits to the site since the launch.
 
Sustainability achievements
In 2018 we were re-certified the Business Working Responsibly Mark. This year, for the first time, we extended the scope to include all of our operations in Ireland.
 
Due to this certification, KBC Ireland was able to join the BITCI CEO Leaders’ Group. The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability is a coalition of Ireland’s leading organisations that is striving to improve the sustainability of the Irish business sector through sharing best practice and creating new waysof doing business.

Supporting Wellbeing

Involvement in our sustainability programme:
  • Over 240 active volunteers
  • Over 1600 hours spent volunteering
  • Over 9,000 hours of training completed by staff through our Learning and Development programme.
  • 5 employee led committees supporting our sustainability programme KBC Green Team