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Our people are our greatest competitive advantage. We aim to both develop their talents and inspire them to make a difference in the communities where we operate. We want to nurture a dynamic, talented workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers, building a culture of innovation where our employees can grow and feel supported.
Our People Agenda
The development, motivation, health and wellbeing of our employees are all critical to our business. We address these factors in our multi-year strategy, the People Agenda, setting out our vision for investing in our people across four key areas: Talent, Leadership, Reward and Culture.
The People Agenda ensures our employees are supported in their careers with the tools to work and grow. It also recognizes the importance of engaging people across all levels of our business, because we know engaged employees deliver superior business performance. This is why, in early 2015, we launched our first global employee survey, Zoom, to better understand the views of our worldwide workforce.
What We are Doing
Employees in the Community
We recognize that, as a successful global company, we have a duty to give back to society. We therefore aim to have positive impacts on our neighboring communities through the way we do business, as well as our direct investment.
Our employees are encouraged to support the causes they care most about, and we offer tools and resources to help them. Our Employees in the Community initiative gives people the opportunity to raise money for their chosen charities through the In Heroes and In Givers programs. In Heroes supports employee volunteering, awarding $40,000 per year. In Givers encourages our employees to get involved in community and charitable activities by matching any funds they raise.
In Heroes recognizes and honors employees for their volunteering activities outside of work. Liberty Global gives the winner €5,000 for the charity of their choice, the runner up receives €3,000 for the charity of their choice, and 20 short-listed runners up receive €1,000 each for the charity of their choice. Over the last ten years, we have awarded more than $365,000 to community organizations.
Alongside In Heroes, our In Givers matched fundraising program encourages employees to get involved in community and charitable activities. In 2015, our employees applied for donations amounting to more than $97,000 to support their charitable endeavors, including over $35,000 raised by our employees for the Movember Foundation.
Lessons for Life
We continue to support Lessons for Life Foundation, a charity Liberty Global helped establish in 2007, which provides scholarships and educational support to students, families and community members in Sub-Saharan Africa. This year, we donated over $1.3 million through various fundraising events including the Big Ride for Africa and the annual Gala Ball.