Credit Suisse has entered into partnership agreements with
14 carefully chosen non-profit organizations, and offers its employees the opportunity to carry out voluntary assignments for them.
The activities of the Ernst Schmidheiny Foundation focus on promoting interest in and understanding of business and economics, particularly among young people. Every year some 180 classes complete one of the "Business Week" events organized by the Ernst Schmidheiny Foundation in conjunction with chambers of commerce and professional associations. The Business Week program is an excellent example of the active and fruitful collaboration between education and commerce. At last count, more than 60,000 Swiss students have taken part in a seminar week and gained first-hand, practical insight into the functioning of the free, social market economy. Employees of Credit Suisse take part as instructors in the Business Week program.
For more information, go to: www.wirtschaftswochen.ch
The railway is one of our forefathers' greatest technological achievements and belongs to the cultural heritage of Switzerland.
Credit Suisse staff will make an active contribution to preparing for the operational season by helping clear brush, working in the storeroom and helping clear snow, depending on the snowpack.
For more information, go to: www.dfb.ch
Founded in 2004, the Just for Smiles organization offers polyhandicapped children, teens, and young adults the opportunity to get fresh air, for example, through sailing, tandem skiing, or hiking. A day with Just for Smiles means unique shared moments, experiences rich with emotion, and unforgettable memories.
Credit Suisse employees enable children and young people in wheel chairs to have an unforgettable day outdoors in nature.
For more information, go to: www.just4smiles.ch
The University Children's Hospital Zurich is the largest children's hospital in Switzerland and one of Europe’s leading centers for pediatric and adolescent medicine. In addition to treating sick children, the hospital trains doctors in their areas of specialization. It is also home to the only research center in Switzerland dedicated entirely to children and adolescents.
Every year, more than 50,000 children and adolescents come to University Children's Hospital Zurich for outpatient or inpatient treatment. The young patients receive everything important to a quick recovery: the best possible therapy, but also the care and assistance focused on their needs.
Credit Suisse Employees support the Children's Hospital on special occasions much to the delight of patients and their siblings.
For more information, go to: www.kispi.uzh.ch
The Love Ride Switzerland is a charity event in aid of people with muscular dystrophy or other disabilities. Since 1993 it has been held on the first Sunday in May each year on the Dübendorf airfield (near Zurich). The aim is to stage a ride for disabled people – and raise funds – to give them the opportunity to experience some of the mobility and freedom that bikers in particular so enjoy. With around 20,000 participants, the Love Ride Switzerland is the largest charity event of its kind in Europe, and the biggest gathering of the Swiss Harley-Davidson fraternity. The climax of the day is the ride itself, when all the bikes ride out together. Up to 300 people with muscular dystrophy or other disabilities accompany them in sidecars or on trikes.
For more information, go to: www.loveride.ch
People with a physical or mental disability can find tremendous fulfillment through sport. It is a way of enhancing their quality of life and independence, and helping them to integrate. For nearly 50 years, PluSport, the umbrella organization for Swiss disabled sports, has coordinated and supported the sports-related activities of almost 12,000 people. The highlight of the year is the annual PluSport Day held in Magglingen in early July, which is a major event in the sporting calendar for recreational athletes with disabilities.
For more information, go to: www.plusport.ch
The "Schweizer Tafel" was established in 2000. Its goal is to pick up fresh food that can no longer be sold and to distribute it to the needy. Between 2001 and 2007, twelve city teams were created, distributing 6.7 tons of food to 460 institutions each day.
Credit Suisse has been involved in "Schweizer Tafel" right from the start. As the principal sponsor, it provides special cooling delivery trucks and organizes a charity golf tournament. The highlight, however, is the "Soup Day" held every November. Across the country, almost 3,000 Credit Suisse volunteers have supported this event in the last five years, raising more than 350,000 Swiss francs for "Schweizer Tafel".
For more information, go to: www.schweizertafel.ch
The Stiftung Bergwaldprojekt (Mountain Forest Project Foundation) sets an example by protecting alpine forests from destruction, actively promoting their preservation, and giving over 1,000 volunteers a year the opportunity to experience this fascinating natural environment at first hand. Under the leadership of forestry experts, the foundation organizes more than 70 assignments in mountainous regions throughout Switzerland and neighboring countries each year. With headquarters in Trin, the foundation is a center of competence for mountain forestry. It aims to inform as many people as possible about its work, the goals of forestry, and the biodiversity of alpine forests.
Credit Suisse staff mainly support the project by spending a day working in the forest.
For more information, go to: www.bergwaldprojekt.ch
War orphans from all over Europe found refuge at the Pestalozzi Children's Village in Trogen in 1946/47, in facilities constructed in record time by countless volunteers. While the Pestalozzi Children's Foundation no longer serves as an orphanage, it still welcomes disadvantaged children and teens to the Children's Village. This is a meeting place for young people from the projects in Southeastern Europe, Swiss schoolchildren, as well as children and young people who live in the Pestalozzi Children's Village in Trogen.
Many buildings at the Children's Village date back to its founding in 1946/47, which is why the Children's Village is being gradually renovated. Under the supervision of the Foundation's facilities manager, Credit Suisse employees perform maintenance or grounds-keeping tasks.
For more information, go to: www.pestalozzi.ch
The St. Jakob Foundation provides a safe, structured workplace for over 400 people with special needs. A friendly, motivating atmosphere enables program participants to maximize their potential. Employees learn from experienced professionals and gain self-esteem and the recognition that comes from participating in society. The foundation's wide range of internal positions and comprehensive training and continuing education programs promote a sense of community while teaching skills. The result: high-quality work and wonderful products at market rates, and best of all, happy people.
Under the skillful direction of St. Jakob's bakers and pastry chefs, Credit Suisse employees learn how to make a variety of baked goods. They work alongside the foundation's special-needs employees.
For more information, go to: www.st-jakob.ch
The goal of the Stöckenweid Foundation in Feldmeilen is to provide support, assistance, and care to people with disabilities. This goal is based on the idea in social therapy of integrating people – even those with severe disabilities – into work processes. The overall experience, backed up by the affection, respect, and assistance they encounter, both serves as encouragement and contributes to happiness in their lives. Training, education, and therapy are not only a means of providing the disabled employees with a stable basis, they also represent opportunities for personal development.
Together with the residents of the Stöckenweid Foundation, Credit Suisse volunteers help with seasonal work in the garden.
For more information, go to: www.stoeckenweid.ch
The Swiss Red Cross (SRK) is Switzerland's largest and oldest humanitarian organization, and stands for over 140 years of committed service to people in need. The Swiss Red Cross supports health care, rescue operations, and integration programs on behalf of the most vulnerable members of society, in Switzerland and abroad: the elderly, sick, disabled, and poor, as well as families and immigrants.
At Credit Suisse, our commitment includes employee blood drives, the "2 x Christmas" appeal (collecting gifts for distribution to the needy), driver pool, Redog (rescue dogs) and "amidst of us", an integration project for foreign children.
For more information, go to: www.redcross.ch
WWF's ultimate goal is to protect natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species.
The exquisitely colorful dry grasslands in Valais and the Engadine are among Switzerland's most species-rich habitats. Credit Suisse staff's deployment in such areas helps maintain these valuable dry grasslands and the habitat for countless animals and plants.
For more information, go to: www.wwf.ch
Young Enterprise Switzerland inspires young people by raising their awareness of subjects ranging from business, money, consumer spending and professional development to community involvement. Practical educational and training programs prepare them for finding their own path to success in the global economy. In Switzerland, over 12,000 students have taken part in this program since 1999.
Through its partnership with YES, Credit Suisse is able to offer targeted encouragement and support to children and young people. And Credit Suisse has also made it possible for entire classes and schools to participate free of charge in the attractive programs YES offers, and to learn from the experience of Credit Suisse employees.
For more information, go to: www.youngenterprise.ch
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