On 21 October, Joe Corcoran, Head of Markets for Barclays’ Investment Bank, spent time with social entrepreneurs as part of Barclays’ annual Make a Difference volunteering campaign. This one month period encourages employees around the world to give their time, not money, to develop the enterprise, employability and financial skills of young people.
In partnership with Echoing Green – a non-profit social venture fund that indentifies, invests in, and supports some of the world’s best emerging social entrepreneurs – Joe and other senior Barclays leaders spent time in New York with seven Echoing Green Fellows from six organizations. Together they helped the Fellows to tackle difficult business challenges they are facing during the early stages of their social change careers. Barclays’ relationship with Echoing Green, and its employee volunteering, demonstrates that through its core business, Barclays is able to strengthen the communities it serves with both economic and intellectual capital.
On his involvement, Joe says: “I truly enjoyed working with Echoing Green’s Fellows. It’s a great opportunity to interact with individuals who are going to change the world, and if we can help them to accelerate their goals even in just a small way, that’s something of which we should be very proud. Since 2010, over 250 Barclays employees have volunteered with Echoing Green, which underscores the breadth and depth of our relationship.” On the topic of his fellow colleagues volunteering during Barclays’ Make a Difference campaign, Joe added: “It’s energizing to see everyone getting involved, from analysts to managing directors; they’re getting out of the office and giving back to their communities – everyone can benefit from that.”