BP Business Desk
Citibank, N.A., Bangladesh celebrated its 14th Annual Global Community Day with more than 70 Citi volunteers in Dhaka and Chattogram recently.
Citi employees along with partners, family and friends participated in service activities to help improve the local communities, said a press release.
In Bangladesh, Citi volunteers conducted fire safety awareness sessions for about 2500 underprivileged students in different government primary schools partnered with Teach For Bangladesh. This year, Citi volunteers in more than 400 cities across 90 countries and territories have participated in more than 1,500 service projects that are helping to address a range of community needs.
“Every day, we take pride in having a business model that contributes to society by enabling growth and economic progress. Now in its 14th year, Global Community Day offers our Citi colleagues around the world the opportunity to pursue this mission through volunteerism,” said Citi CEO Mike Corbat. “The enormous turnout we see every year is a great reflection on our people and shows their sincere commitment to the communities we serve.”
To conduct the Global Community Day 2019, Citi Bangladesh partnered with Teach For Bangladesh, an organization building lifelong leaders of change to address educational disparity in Bangladesh and ensure all children receive an education that empowers them to unlock their full potential and member of the Teach For All global network.
As part of the activities, Citi volunteers conducted classroom sessions and installed fire safety measures in Teach For Bangladesh partner schools based in Dhaka and Chattogram. With support from Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense, Citi volunteers also conducted fire safety drills for the schools in Dhaka.
N. Rajashekaran, managing director and citi country officer- Bangladesh, added, “This day is an important tradition for Citi. Today’s service activities have given all of us at Citibank, N.A., Bangladesh an opportunity to make a positive impact and a difference in people’s lives, build safer cities and connect with the communities where we live and work”.
“Fire safety and precaution is an important issue for the disadvantaged students and communities served by Teach For Bangladesh Fellows. We are proud to have a partner like Citi to contribute to our work to end educational inequity for children in Bangladesh and build safe learning environments. The fire safety campaign will impact the lives of not only our students but also their families and communities with life-saving knowledge and resources,” said Maimuna Ahmad, CEO of Teach For Bangladesh.
Since the inaugural Global Community Day in 2006, Citi volunteers have contributed over 4 million hours of service to Global Community Day projects in hundreds of cities. This year, we continue to track how projects are helping to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The featured activities below show how this year’s projects are contributing to select SDGs, including Zero Hunger; Good Health and Well-Being; Quality Education; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Sustainable Cities and Communities; and Climate Action.