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Research demonstrates beneficial health and wellness outcomes associated with acts of generosity and charity. Volunteering fulfills many functions, providing a way for individuals to express their values, strengthen social relationships and gain career-related experience. The Mental Health Foundation states that helping others increases social support by increasing feelings of belonging, while decreasing feelings of isolation and loneliness. For these reasons, altruistic sentiments and behaviors are increasingly incentivized within the workplace.

This feature encourages employees to engage in altruistic activities outside of work, which can enhance health and well-being, contribute to a strong community identity and promote social cohesion.

Part 1: Charitable Activities

Individuals are given the option to take paid time off work to participate in volunteer activities as follows:

a. 8 hours of paid time organized by the employer for a registered charity twice a year.
Part 2: Charitable Contributions

Employers commit to the following:

a. Contributing annually to a registered charity to match employee donations.

Applicability Matrix

Core & Shell New & Existing Buildings New & Existing Interiors
Part 1: Charitable Activities - O O
Part 2: Charitable Contributions - O O
Commercial Kitchen Education Multifamily Residential Restaurant Retail
Part 1: Charitable Activities - O - O O
Part 2: Charitable Contributions - O - - O

Verification Methods Matrix

Letters of Assurance Annotated Documents On-Site Checks
Part 1: Charitable Activities Policy Document
Part 2: Charitable Contributions Policy Document