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Global Employee Networks
Credit Suisse supports over 40 internal employee networks worldwide that serve as a platform for the exchange of know-ledge and experience, thus fostering mutual understanding and helping to strengthen our corporate culture.
These networks – which are run by employees on a voluntary basis – are dedicated to women, families, lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals (LGBT), people with disabilities, US veterans, the older and younger generation, and employees from various ethnic backgrounds. In 2013, the networks organized a total of 635 events.
The goals of the Networks for Women are to raise awareness for the many challenges faced by working women and to support women in achieving their career potential. The Networks for Women provides specific training, information events, and opportunities for an active dialog with Senior Management.
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These networks promote an inclusive culture in the workplace in which lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT) have equal development and career opportunities.The Networks represent the interests of LGBT employees and organize many internal and external events. Network events regularly present prominent speakers such as members of the US congress, actors, and well-known experts on topics facing the LGBT community in the workplace.
The Multicultural Networks in the Americas, EMEA, and Switzerland regions make sure that employees of our global company are aware of their differences as well as of their similarities and that they make the most out of the opportunities created by the existing diversity. During internal events on selected topics and joint participation in external events, employees can discuss their respective cultures and countries of origin, learn from each other, and build a sustainable network for future collaboration.
The Networks for Families in the US, the EMEA region, and Switzerland strive to increase awareness of the importance of family topics during employees' every life stage. The Networks for Families also wish to promote a corporate culture of successful reconciliation of family and career. The Networks organize information events on family-related topics, from raising children to senior care.
The Disability Interest Forums (DIF) promote the exchange of knowledge and experience with regard to persons with disabilities. The forums also strive to raise awareness for health-related issues, in order to enable employees to achieve their full potential on a long-term basis. This is done through internal information events and collaboration with external partners. The forums facilitate information sharing on this topic and work to raise awareness in professional and personal environments on the subject.
The Junior Professionals Forums in Singapore and Tokyo as well as the Next Generation Network in Switzerland offer young professionals from all areas at the bank an opportunity to get to know each other and learn from managers. They organize podium discussions on the topic of internal mobility and host events that target trainees and recent graduates. They also encourage young people to participate in charitable projects supported by Credit Suisse.
The Work/Life Integration Forums in Hong Kong and Singapore offer employees the opportunity to share experience about better ways to balance their professional and personal lives. Events also raise awareness about health and well-being to promote productivity in the workplace.
Network 50+ creates awareness for the potential and the concerns of experienced employees at an advanced stage in their professional careers. In Switzerland, the Reverse Mentoring Program was successfully implemented in collaboration with the Network 50+ and the Next Generation Network. In this program, experienced employees act as mentees and collaborate with Next Generation employees, who act as mentors. This promotes generational exchange and creates the basis for innovation.
The Veterans' Network in the US aims to further personal and leadership skills learned in the military through mentoring within Credit Suisse to promote specific values like teamwork and equal opportunity. The network also supports veterans' issues.
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