We rely on our global workforce to be actively engaged in the communities in which they live and work. In 2017, Citi volunteers contributed over 1 million volunteer hours in communities around the world. Citi’s Global Community Day, our annual day of service for employees, friends and family, is an important way in which we enable progress through service. In 2017, more than 100,000 volunteers participated in events held in more than 500 cities across 91 countries. Through Pathways to Progress, our Citi Foundation commitment to supporting career readiness in young people, over 2,000 Citi employees play in an integral role in acting as volunteers, mentors and coaches. Citi also supports our Military Veterans through Citi Salutes.
The value of diversity to our business extends throughout the value chain, from our employees to our clients and our suppliers. Our diverse workforce reflects the diverse clients and communities we serve. Our clients are deeply engaged in issues around diversity, and we invite them to participate in activities around our shared interest.
The Citi Supplier Diversity Program was created to give maximum opportunity to diverse partners who satisfy our purchasing and contractual standards. The program works to create mutually beneficial business relationships with diverse suppliers that strengthen the communities we serve and create value for our shareholders.