Royal Mail Group has been awarded the Guinness World Record title for the most registered charities supported through a Payroll Giving scheme. With around 42,000 employees giving to charities directly from their payroll, the Group's payroll giving staff account for 6% of all payroll givers in the UK.
In the 23 years since payroll giving was introduced at the company, Royal Mail Group employees have given £45 million to 975 registered charities via the scheme. Over £2 million has been raised in the last year alone. One in four of the Group's employees are signed up to give via this tax-effective method.
The 975 charities consist of a wide range of organisations, and includes the Royal Mail Group's own charity, the Rowland Hill Benevolent Fund.
Royal Mail Group received the Guinness World Records official certificate at a special ceremony in London.
Chief Executive Officer, Moya Greene, said: "Our postmen and women play a vital and trusted role in every community across the UK. I am delighted that our postmen and women have been recognised as the world’s best for donating to charity direct from their pay."