Unum is leading the way when it comes to devoting working time to volunteering

Unum, the financial protection insurer, has launched their annual review of the company’s fundraising activity, at an event held on the terrace of the Houses of Parliament.

The report reveals that every Unum employee is given two working days a year to volunteer for a charity, which on average is considerably more than many financial institutions.


Unum’s success in the volunteering area comes at a time when David Cameron is considering forcing employers to give employees a number of paid days to volunteer as a part of his Big Society project, a move that is quite unpopular with business.

The Unum launch was attended by Lord Michael Dobbs who wrote the original version of the now phenomenally successful Netflix series House of Cards. The original version was broadcast on the BBC and is set in Parliament in the office of the Conservative Party chief whip Francis Urquhart.


Unum supported over 2,500 young people through the company’s educational volunteering programme in 2014 and 2015.

A further 6,300 volunteering hours were given to the community by the company last year and nearly £280,000 was given to good causes in 2014. Unum looks set to have beaten that target in 2015.






Robert joined the HRreview editorial team in October 2015. After graduating from the University of Salford in 2009 with a BA in Politics, Robert has spent several years working in print and online journalism in Manchester and London. In the past he has been part of editorial teams at Flux Magazine, Mondo*Arc Magazine and The Marine Professional.