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“Every cent counts!” is the motto of the Commerzbank spare cent donation. Since December 2016 employees can donate the remaining cents of their monthly salary for a good cause.

Generally, you do not have a round sum on your monthly pay check. Commerzbank employees in Germany can easily donate the amount to the right of the decimal point - between 1 and 99 cents - every month. This is made possible through an automatic procedure in payroll.

Once a year, one project from each category “social projects in Germany”, “social projects abroad” and “environmental projects” is selected. Employees decide the allocation of the total sum in an online-voting. The sum is then distributed to the projects in a ratio of 50:30:20.

What seems like a small amount for each individual sums up to quite a large contribution. In 2020, 5.050 employees of Commerzbank and Commerz Real participated in the donation, contributing 30.477,1 euros to the following three projects:

"Corona Soforthilfe" - The learning support project of the children's aid organisation "Children for a better World e.V."

Through the engagement of the employees, 15.234,05 euros go directly to the support of the project „Corona Soforthilfe“ of the children's aid organisation "Children for a better World e.V.". Therefore, children from socially disadvantaged families can be supported by teachers and provision of tablet computers, which allows them to participate in digital lessons.

"Äpfel und Konsorten e.V." - Natural beekeeping in Brandenburg

In total, Commerzbank employees donated an amount of 9.145,83 Euro euros to support the "Äpfel und Konsorten e.V." association, which has set itself the goal to reintroduce bees into their natural habitat. Through the donation, the association is able to organise workshops in which participants learn to make log hives themselves and thus revive the original form of honey keeping.

"CARE Deutschland e.V." – In the fight against Covid-19

Thanks to the donated 6.097,22 euros, CARE supports refugee camps in the poorest war and crisis areas of the world during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the help of this donation, the organisation hands out hygiene and food packages, ensures water supply and sets up hand washing stations.

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