TORONTO – In the spirit of making lives better this holiday season, Manulife is giving each member of its 37,000-strong global team the equivalent of $50 CAD in their local currency to create an act of kindness in their local communities. First introduced in 2020, this year’s #ManulifeActofKindness program once again enables colleagues around the world to pay it forward.
“Our success as a company depends on the success of the communities we serve, and we recognize this has been a difficult time for many individuals, families and communities around the world,” said Manulife President and Chief Executive Officer Roy Gori. “We believe that, taken together, small gestures of kindness can have a big impact and that’s why we’re so excited to be bringing back our #ManulifeActofKindness program.”
By forgoing end of year company celebration events and gifts, each member of Manulife’s global team will instead have the opportunity to perform their own act of kindness in their communities in a way that is most meaningful to them.
In addition to this initiative, and in line with our core values of Do the right thing and Share our humanity, we also partner with like-minded organizations to drive meaningful change that helps people live healthier and more financially secure lives. Our support to these organizations and programs takes many forms, including direct funding, donations made by our employees, and fundraising matches. In 2020, our total direct corporate donations amounted to $21 million. In addition, colleague donations totalled $4.2 million.
We also encourage volunteerism to increase the impact of our investments while providing our people with opportunities to hone their skills, network, and give back to causes they care about. Manulife team members volunteered 31,795 hours in 2020.