Building a better world – I'm on it.
Meet Jessica Monteiro.
Up next in our sustainability ambassador series showcasing employees engaged in environmental and social initiatives, we meet a colleague who is looking to change the game.
We are proud of our colleagues who are making a meaningful contribution to a more sustainable and equitable future. In this post we are introducing Jessica Monteiro. She is engaged in the fields of gender and racial equality, and is committed to promoting social sustainability in the workplace.
Born and raised in Sao Paolo, Jessica was the first person in her family to go to university. She studied first in Brazil and then in the UK for a bachelor's degree in science and technology through a government-sponsored scholarship program. She secured an internship at Credit Suisse Brazil in 2015 working in the Investment Fund Administration Office. After a year she was promoted to analyst, and she recently graduated from Harvard University with a master's degree in management.
Tackling the intersections of inequality through education
Jessica is a great example of how you can make a difference, whether through social engagement, everyday actions or investing in educational opportunities. Jessica's dynamism and commitment to promoting social sustainability come from her personal experience, where education offered her the chance to overcome the obstacles she faced as a young woman:
"During my life, I have entered many places where men were in the majority. From my bachelor's degree to my role in the financial market, I felt it was my responsibility to engage in groups, events, and forums that were dedicated to promoting gender and racial equality."
She is an active member of HeForShe, a movement inviting men and people of all genders to mobilize for gender equality. In 2021, together with colleagues from Credit Suisse Brazil, Jessica created BRAVE (Black Race Awareness Value Engagement). This group seeks to promote Afro-Brazilian culture and highlight the importance of racial equality.
Sharing knowledge and learning from others
As a recognition of her commitment, and an opportunity to learn from others, Jessica recently attended the One Young World 2022 Manchester Summit as a Credit Suisse delegate. By sending employees from all around the world to events like the One Young World Summit, we at Credit Suisse, want to encourage all colleagues to do their part in making the world a better place.
At the One Young World Summit, young leaders came together to try to find solutions and generate ideas to tackle the major issues facing the planet and society. During the event, Jessica had the chance to deepen her knowledge about global warming and the importance of preserving the oceans. She also engaged in discussions about ethical leadership and the importance of working for the rights of LGBTQ+ and disabled people.
After the summit, Jessica felt inspired to continue making an impact on gender and racial equality issues, saying:
"It was truly an incredible and transformative week. From this experience, I take the will and energy to keep on doing more to bring a positive impact on the world, encouraging more people to do the same. Stepping out of our comfort zone is such a unique feeling and very important in discovering more about ourselves and what moves us every single day!"
In her words: We asked Jessica to finish these sentences
I can protect what is precious by …
…promoting a more sustainable future with gender and racial equality.
It is important we transition to better because …
… without striving today, a sustainable and egalitarian future will remain beyond our reach.
All of us together can create change by...
… helping girls and women overcome their barriers that prevent them from achieving their full potential.
Disruption for the future can happen when…
… we fight the inequalities that have prevailed for so many years in our society.
We hope you feel inspired by Jessica's story. Stay tuned for more sustainability stories from Credit Suisse colleagues.
How we work for more equality and inclusion at Credit Suisse
We have made women's representation and advancement at work a global focus in our diversity and inclusion activties and set a target to increase overall women's representation to 42% by 2024. Our #ChangeTheGame campaign encompasses our role and responsibilities as an employer. Dive deeper into our #ChangeTheGame campaign here.
In 2021, we also continued to focus our diversity and inclusion efforts by fully rolling out our inclusive leadership training to over 1,800 managers across all regions and divisions. We currently have over 40 employee networks with more than 29,000 members. Read more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
We also encourage and develop financial inclusion and education amongst women globally through our Women's World Banking partnership and Financial Inclusion initiative. We are proud to have been recognized in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index 2022 and are constantly striving to ensure equity for our female colleagues and those from underrepresented communities.
And we are literally changing the game in other ways too – through our sponsorship of the Swiss women's national football team. Credit Suisse is increasing its bonuses for the Swiss women's national football teams and supporting the SFV's bid for Euro 2025. Hence, all women's national teams will receive exactly the same bonuses from Credit Suisse as the men. This applies to bonus payments that are made for qualifying for the finals of tournaments, for example, or for success at tournaments such as the World Cup. The bonuses will be paid directly to the players. We've also convened the 6th Global Women's Financial Forum around the #ChangeTheGame theme to engage and connect women from the diverse industries and amplify their voices.