Encouraging employees to give blood is a great way for companies to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to corporate social responsibility, according to Bank Of Valletta Head Of CSR and Communications Charles Azzopardi.
31 BOV employees volunteered to donate blood during a blood donation drive organised by that bank, in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Services.
“These blood drives always spark a sense of pride in our employees as they perfectly enhance BOV’s vision to act as a socially responsible party in line with our ESG framework,” Mr Azzopardi said.
“Thanks to the blood drive organisers, the National Blood Transfusion Service and these 31 employees, we have better positioned ourselves to reach UN SDGs such as ‘Good Health and Well-Being’,” he added.
BOV said blood donations are integral to the support of the treatment of young children, women who need blood after giving birth and patients who undergo major operations.
Tony Micallef, Practice Nurse – Donor Liaison for the National Blood Transfusion Service thanked BOV’s management and the 31 employees for their response to donating blood on a regular basis.
“Every year thousands of patients are thankful for the generous act of blood donation. Without these donors, it would be very challenging to save the lives of those in need of blood, as the need for blood transfusions never stops,” Mr Micallef said.
BOV hosts several blood donation drives every year with the aim of helping those in need, creating awareness and encouraging staff members as well as society in general to help save as many lives as possible.
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