Credit Suisse Perspectives

Celebrating Black History Month. Reflecting upon the experiences and achievements of Black Americans.

In honor of this year's Black History Month (BHM) theme of Black Health and Wellness, Credit Suisse is engaging in conversations on healthy habits, mental and financial wellbeing, racial justice, and accelerating social change. 

The Credit Suisse Black Professionals Network (BPN) has developed a series of events designed to facilitate these conversations, including hosting health workshops on how to maintain a clean-living lifestyle and manage personal finances, as well as organizing fitness and cooking classes with a focus on heart health. The bank will also host a keynote fireside chat with Dr. Patrice A. Harris for its employees. Dr. Harris is board-certified in psychiatry and has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, public health director and patient advocate.

Additionally, employees are broadening their connections with each other by using storytelling to share their personal narratives. The narratives focus on heritage and experiences as alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities or members of a Divine Nine fraternity and sorority, as well as spotlights unsung heroes and employees with unique talents and hobbies beyond the workplace. The BPN is also activating allyship by leading a discussion on the book How to Be an Antiracist and the film I Am Not Your Negro. Engaging with fellow colleagues through these activities is a way to build connection and advance Credit Suisse's culture of inclusion and belonging.

Finally, recognizing our responsibility to strengthen the communities in which we live and work, Credit Suisse employees will also have the opportunity to give back by educating middle schoolers on BHM through an interactive activity in partnership with Henry Street Settlement, an organization that opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.