The pandemic caused tremendous disruptions to the global economy, and one of the more concerning figures, according to the World Bank, is that 97 million more people around the world were pushed into poverty as of 2021. While many governments have helped to cushion the financial impact of the pandemic, it hasn’t been enough. As we observe International Day of Charity on September 5, the global community looks to the private sector, NGOs and individuals to accelerate efforts to eradicate poverty.

At Randstad we support numerous charities around the world every year. One example is the donation that we made last year as part of our 60th anniversary to World Bicycle Relief, a charity that gives people in developing countries working bicycles to help them overcome barriers to attending school, receiving healthcare and delivering goods to market.

In addition, as part of our Randstad with Heart program, Randstad employees are given paid time off every year to volunteer with a charity of their choice. On September 5, I urge you to consider how you can help those in need through philanthropy or volunteerism. You can learn more about International Day of Charity here.

about the author

Jacques van den Broek

ceo and chair of the executive board

Randstad's Global CEO, leading our mission of supporting people and organizations in realizing their true potential.