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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 2021, 5.160 employees of Commerzbank and Commerz Real participated in the donation, contributing 31,543.58 Euro euros to the following three projects:

Taiz-Al-Houban – A Mother-Child-Hospital in Yemen

Through the engagement of our employees, 15,771.79 euros go directly to support a Mother-Child-Hospital in Yemen which was built up by Doctors Without Borders in 2015. The hospital in Taiz-Al-Houban provides the only medical ward in a devastated region where more than 450,000 people live. Among other things the grant is used to buy sterile equipment for more than 1,500 deliveries.

WASH’N’SOUL in Zambia - a project by "Viva con Agua"

Thanks to the donated 9,463.07 euros the charity “Viva con Agua” which promotes access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene can go on with its work in Zambia. There it is planned to build 15 handwashing facilities in order to create a basis for a healthy and well-maintained environment in schools. The costs for building one facility are roundabout 2,000 euro.

"MädchenbüroMilena" – Girls. Programming. Future

A total amount of 6,308.72 euros was donated to the education and integration charity "MädchenbüroMilena". With that the charity wants to help girls to improve their school marks and close learning gaps. The donation finances intense private lessons and customized leisure facilities for younger girls which grow more and more important due to the current pandemic situation.