Our partners offer valuable expertise and resources to improve the way we address key environmental and social issues. These are selected to help us deliver on our sustainability strategy.
We’re working closely with Alzheimer's Society to ensure we protect vulnerable customers from financial exclusion and loss of independence. We’re delivering training and awareness sessions for our employees to improve their knowledge and ability to support people affected by dementia.
Over 50% of our colleagues have become Dementia Friends in 2020. Together with Alzheimer’s Society, we’ve also created a steering group — made up of people living with or affected by dementia — to advise us on how to be a dementia-friendly bank, including reviewing our products, services, and digital access.
We know that there's a lot of information out there and sometimes it's hard to know where to look for support. To help out both our customers and colleagues, we've worked with Alzheimer's Society to develop a practical Dementia Guide outlining the support available for people affected by dementia.
As our official charity partner, we focus our fundraising and volunteering on supporting Alzheimer’s Society. Since 2019, our colleagues have raised over £1.7 million through fundraising events such as Memory Walk, Cupcake Day, and Elf Day. With our support, Alzheimer’s Society is able to fund new research, and provide valuable support to more people, in order to bring us closer to a world without dementia.
National Parks UK
Santander is a Founding Partner of the 'Net Zero With Nature' initiative, which defines the role that the National Parks will play in the UK's fight against climate change and the biodiversity crisis. Santander will fund a new project involving the restoration of 220 hectares of damaged peatland in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. This restoration site has the potential to avoid more than 16,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over its first 5 years and will help to establish nature-based solutions in the UK at scale.
The National Parks contain almost a quarter (24%) of the UK’s peatland, offering a significant opportunity for emissions mitigation: ecologists estimate that restoring degraded peat could mitigate nearly 5% of the UK’s entire annual emissions. However, the UK’s peatlands are mostly degraded with just one fifth remaining in a near-natural state. This can increase the risk of flooding and result in rising emissions as carbon that would have been safely stored underground is released. Restoring damaged peatland reduces emissions and leads to improved biodiversity and reduced flood risk.
Restoring peatland will also play a significant role in meeting the UK’s net zero target. In December 2020, the statutory Climate Change Committee set a target of restoring 79% of the UK’s peatlands by 2050. Peatland restoration is also a key component of the Scottish Government Climate Change Plan to meet net zero by 2045.
Working in partnership with our charity partners National Numeracy and the world's biggest football influencers the F2, we launched an educational football-themed roadshow – ‘The Numbers Game’ – aimed at raising awareness of the importance of numeracy and the crucial role numbers play in everyday life.
‘The Numbers Game’ is our nation-wide, educational football-themed roadshow aimed at building numeracy awareness and recognition.
Our 48ft Champions League branded truck unfolds to provide a unique onboard interactive experience which helps people understand the importance of numbers in everyday life, through the power of football. The experience helps to stimulate the ‘everyday maths’ skills that are crucial to achieve a better financial future.
The roadshow’s ultimate purpose is to improve numeracy by driving people to a comprehensive online tool, developed by our campaign partners National Numeracy.
Since 2016, we’ve worked together with Age UK to increase the financial independence of older people.
We’ve developed multiple initiatives such as awareness sessions to help prevent frauds and scams, delivered in local Age UK centres, as well as a programme to help older people learn and develop digital skills to make their lives easier and enable them to do more online.
Promoting digital inclusion is a core objective of Santander’s sustainability strategy. Customers and members of our community who are not online may be at a disadvantage by not being able to carry out daily activities through digital channels.
Therefore, together with Age UK, we aim to dismantle the barriers they may face and support them to build the digital skills they need to maintain their financial independence for longer.