Credit Suisse operates one of Switzerland's most extensive corporate volunteering programs. It enables our employees to make their personal contribution and be involved in projects for the common good with our partner organizations. These assignments also give them the opportunity to develop personally and professionally. Employees may dedicate up to four workdays per year to volunteering; select assignments can even last several weeks. Every year, approximately 4,000 employees in Switzerland volunteer 50,000 hours in more than 5,000 assignments.
A major focus of our volunteering program is on projects where our employees can share their expertise with others. These include passing on their knowledge of finance and economics to children and young people, providing coaching to secure an apprenticeship, supporting mentoring programs at universities and universities of applied sciences and for people from immigrant backgrounds. In addition, our employees support capacity building assignments with their experience and wide-ranging expertise to strengthen our partner organizations. Our volunteers also make a practical contribution to nature projects, help integrate people with disabilities or those who are socially disadvantaged, donate blood, and participate in drills for rescue organizations.