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Future skills. Our commitment to young people in our communities.

Through future skills we aspire to provide young people the opportunity to fulfill their potential in their lives as adults. By supporting access to education and skills we hope to ensure that a young person's success is not determined by their socioeconomic status.

We aim to impact the lives of young people, especially disadvantaged, to close the educational/employment gap as they enter adulthood. We support partners and interventions that make a difference at key points in a young person's life.

We believe that future skills will change over time, even during the course of one's career due to the pace of technology and globalization. Thus, we prioritize the education and skills that enable young people to be a life-long learners and imbue them with an ability to exercise agency. A key initial indication of success will be their attainment of entry-level employment commensurate with their talents and goals and informed by the demands of employers or self-employment through their own entrepreneurial initiative.

We support NGOs and organisations (i.e. schools, networks, institutions) which:

  • provide direct support to young disadvantaged people to facilitate access to education and skills essential to succeed
  • support and strengthen the education system and the structures and professionals within this system to be more effective and impactful and respond to specific needs and challenges facing young disadvantaged people
  • support a comprehensive approach to address external barriers effecting specific sub-sets of disadvantaged young people to access education and/or employment.

Global key figures 2019

57 Future Skills partner organizations

61 Future Skills programs funded benefiting more than 182,000 young people

More than 3,200 young people enrolled in a Credit Suisse-funded Future Skills program received support from Credit Suisse volunteers in a skills-based capacity (including mentoring/coaching and capacity building)

Over 9,500 hours of skills-based and hands-on volunteering invested to support Future Skills partner organizations

Informing Future Skills Investments

The Future Skills – APAC landscape mapping, commissioned by Credit Suisse Corporate Citizenship APAC in May 2019, presents some interesting information which include:

  • There are more than 750 million young women and men aged 15 to 24 years in Asia Pacific, accounting for over 60% of the world’s youth.
  • The youth unemployment rate in APAC is approximately 10.5%, more than double the unemployment rate of the total working age population.
  • Poor quality vocational education and lack of decent work prospects mean that youth face both poor educational outcomes and vulnerable employment conditions.
  • There is strong and growing donor interest in Future Skills in the region with a number of private and corporate philanthropists identifying youth employment and skills as a priority area.

Read the full APAC landscape mapping report


Corporate Responsibility Report

Our report offers an insight into how Credit Suisse assumes its various responsibilities as a bank, as an employer, as well as towards society and environment.

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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.

Focus Themes