Royal Mail seeks to be an integral, valued and trusted part of every community that our service reaches. Our main contribution to communities is our social and economic impact. We make the seventh largest contribution of any UK-based company to the UK economy. One in every 175 jobs in the UK is provided by Royal Mail. Our employment is disproportionately weighted towards areas where there are fewer job opportunities available. This enables us to make a significant contribution to social inclusion.
In 2021-22, Royal Mail contributed £5.6 million directly to community investment. This includes our Articles for the Blind service. The service enables blind and partially sighted individuals to send items, such as talking books, mobility aids and relief maps, free of charge. Our contribution also includes matched giving and grant schemes to support employees’ fundraising for registered charities and good causes.
We support causes where we can make a significant impact in society and use our core business competencies, people and brand to benefit good causes. Our community investment strategy focuses on the following strategic themes:
- Leveraging our national scale
- Using our local presence
- Unlocking potential through education