Banking on social responsibility

Scotiabank donates millions to charities, recognizes workers’ volunteer efforts
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2011

About seven years ago, Jim Kurtz, a Scotiabank branch manager in Winnipeg, decided he wanted to help the Salvation Army collect toys for needy children at Christmas.

“There are very many needy children in the city of Winnipeg and surrounding areas. The numbers astounded me,” said Kurtz, who has worked at Scotiabank for 33 years.

He spoke with his superiors at the bank to see if there would be corporate interest in supporting his initiative and if any of the other staff would want to get involved.