Committed to education. Credit Suisse honored by Room to Read.
Tidjane Thiam, Credit Suisse CEO, accepted Room to Read's "Champion Award" on behalf of Credit Suisse and our many employees who have given their time and resources to impact the lives of more than 138,000 children around the globe.
Credit Suisse has been committed to education as a core pillar of our corporate citizenship and philanthropic efforts for many years. For the past 14 years, Credit Suisse and Room to Read have partnered on many projects, including our Global Education Initiative, which focuses on quality education and life skills programs, especially for girls. In 2017, Room to Read became a key implementing partner in our "Financial Education for Girls" program. Over the course of this partnership, hundreds of employees have raised funds and awareness for the group's mission, and over 50 Global Citizens have volunteered at Room to Read locations in Asia and Africa.
Room to Read's annual gala brought together leaders from across the business, media and entertainment communities to honor Credit Suisse and American actress/activist Amber Tamblyn for ongoing commitments to female empowerment and children's literacy. The theme of the gala was "The End of Impossible," putting an end to an under- or uneducated population of girls in countries or societies where such a goal seems impossible. Attendees raised more than $3.2 million over the course of the evening that will benefit 64,000 children across Room to Read's Literacy and Girls' Education programs.