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Building an inclusive future.

The Credit Suisse APAC Foundation, launched in February 2020, is the strategic community investment vehicle for Credit Suisse's global Corporate Citizenship and Foundations strategy in the APAC region.

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The Credit Suisse APAC Foundation focuses on improving the employability, aspirations and financial education of disadvantaged young people and the financial inclusion of underprivileged populations across Asia Pacific (APAC) (excluding India). We do this by supporting organizations who operate in a sustainable way through multi-year partnerships involving both financial support, capacity building and employee engagement.

Grant making covers the Asia Pacific region with the exception of India. Credit Suisse India entities comply with the 2% CSR regulatory spend as per the 2014 India Companies Act. All grant making in India is governed by the India Philanthropy Committee and our country portfolio includes a focus on Future Skills and Financial Inclusion, along with skilling for the differently abled, community development and health care.

Focus areas and objectives

The Foundation has three key focus areas: Future Skills, Financial Education and Financial Inclusion. In the area of Future Skills we support organizations that equip disadvantaged young people with skills and education for a productive future. In the area of Financial Education we support organizations that improve the educational attainment and financial education and skills of disadvantaged young people. In the area of Financial Inclusion we support organizations that expand access to high-quality, affordable financial products and services for disadvantaged populations.

We are committed to funding multi-year partnerships that bring the bank's wealth of knowledge, expertise and network to bear on behalf of the charities. We seek to strengthen the capacity of organizations, sectors and fields we focus on to accelerate change and to leverage the energy, skills and professional expertise of our employees to drive social and business impact.

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Governance

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The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation's strategy and approves all grant partnerships. The Trustees are senior leaders drawn from across the bank.

Corporate Citizenship and Foundations APAC manages the running of the Foundation.

Funding approach

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited funding requests. Eligible grantees can submit proposals upon invitation.

The Foundation does not support:

  • Individual scholarships, study or course expenses
  • Music, art or sports education programs
  • Stand-alone infrastructure projects
  • Fundraising events (including gala dinners)
  • Concerts, festivals and similar events
  • Leisure activities (e.g. holiday camps, graduation ceremonies, events, etc.)
  • Sponsorship events
  • Publications, production of materials
  • Projects with a solely commercial background
  • Loans and deficit guarantees
  • Membership fees

The Foundation does not support the following organizations:

  • Synagogues, churches, mosques or temples. However, some community service programs sponsored by religious groups may be eligible.
  • Schools (including Parents Teacher Association's) where employees are alumni or where family members are in attendance (special consideration may be given to schools where children or family members have special needs or disabilities).
  • Political or fraternal organizations.
  • Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, physical ability or sexual orientation.

Grantees are required to be generally aligned with Credit Suisse's ESG framework. Specifically, the activities of the grantee should support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and none of its activities should undermine those goals.

To learn more about philanthropy grant eligibility, parameters and application process, please contact Corporate Citizenship and Foundations APAC.

Partner organizations

Prior to the launch of the Foundation, all grant making in APAC was governed by the APAC Philanthropy Committee. 

Corporate Citizenship. Empowering People.

Together with our employees we work with selected partner organizations to help strengthen our society and to address social issues. Together, we strive to build a more inclusive future where all people can access the resources and develop the financial, entrepreneurial and other skills to thrive in the economy and society. As part of this commitment we set three focus themes: Financial Inclusion, Financial Education and Future Skills.

Our regional teams, foundations and charity committees implement projects – in collaboration with specialized partner organizations – that make a difference to the communities in which we live and work and respond to regional and local challenges.

Focus Themes