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Employee Engagement

We encourage all our employees to volunteer for charitable projects. Together with selected partner organizations we address social issues in all the regions in which we operate.

By giving employees the opportunity to dedicate an entire working day on full pay to assist with charitable projects we enhance the value of our financial contributions and actively help to tackle social challenges. Credit Suisse is convinced that employee volunteering creates mutual benefits. By participating in the projects run by our partner organizations, we can gain a better insight into the needs of the people in the communities in which we live and work and build mutual trust. At the same time, these activities further enhance the interpersonal skills of our people and promote team spirit – ultimately strengthening our corporate culture.

Employee Engagement

Selected Projects 2014

APAC

Project Aim Result
Junior Achievement Signature Program, Hong Kong and Singapore Promote access to financial education for girls by launching a signature training and mentoring program for young female students in Hong Kong and Singapore with our partner organization Junior Achievement.  Over 3 months, 30 Credit Suisse volunteers in Hong Kong and 26 volunteers in Singapore ran events for a total of 165 secondary school students to teach them basic financial and budgeting concepts, assist them in planning their future finances and inform them about the wide range of career options in banking. In addition, five students in each location were given the opportunity to shadow Credit Suisse employees in their work.
Saigon Children’s Charity fundraising and volunteering visit, Singapore Assist the Saigon Children’s Charity in refurbishing a school in Tieu Can, one of the poorest communes in Tra Vinh, Vietnam, while providing new volunteering opportunities for Credit Suisse employees. Employees in Singapore engaged in fundraising efforts and 40 volunteers subsequently participated  in the refurbishment process in August 2014. This directly benefited the children who attend the school in Tieu Can. At the same time, Credit Suisse employees benefited from their volunteering experience at a personal and professional level.
Applied Environment Research Foundation, India To engage with the local community and promote environmental awareness among inhabitants of the villages around Alibag who are dependent on the forest for their livelihood.

In August 2014, 39 employees from Mumbai and Pune participated in an event organized by the bank in conjunction with the Applied Environment Research Foundation (AERF), an Indian NGO, to raise awareness among forest-dependent communities of the need to protect the environment.  

 

EMEA

Project Aim Result

Teach First (UK) Innovation Unit (grant partner)

Promote social enterprises developed by Teach First alumni to address educational disadvantages and enable those enterprises most closely aligned with the Teach First vision to thrive.

 

 

The Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation funded the Teach First Innovation Unit to support the work of social entrepreneurs who aim to deliver on Teach First’s vision. A total of 217 early innovations have been supported to date and 19 social enterprises were assisted in developing their plans to scale. Innovation Awards were won by The Girls’ Network and Tutors United.

Share Your Skills program Wroclaw, Poland

 

Encourage increasing numbers of Credit Suisse employees to engage in skills-based volunteering A total of 50 Credit Suisse volunteers took part in this new program in the first half of 2014. They worked with 10 teachers to provide support for 100 high school students, including providing advice on projects and conducting mock interviews

City Gateway

 

Deliver an integrated program to provide young people with advice, support and mentoring in order to help them progress into employment Credit Suisse’s EMEA Foundation funded the City Gateway program, which enabled 122 young people who were not in education, employment or training to obtain qualifications and gain work experience. In addition, 187 young people completed an advanced apprenticeship and secured employment.

Americas

Project Aim Result

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City

 

Provide mentors to students who need adult role models to  help them expand their horizons and realize their full potential

 

Students established a relationship of trust with their mentors and acquired the skills they will need to enter and succeed in the workplace. 91% of students completing this program were able to take up a place in college.

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Support a network of over 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters to deliver food to people in need.

Credit Suisse was recognized as one of the organization’s top 10 financial and volunteer donors. A total of 269 Credit Suisse employees have volunteered almost 700 hours to helping the Food Bank. In addition, the organization benefited from donations from Credit Suisse employees.

YES Prep

Support efforts to provide comprehensive and free educational opportunities to help prepare students from low-income households in Houston, Texas, to pursue higher education and succeed in life.

 

YESPrep students outperformed their peers at schools in local communities and in the state of Texas. The program is thus helping to close the gap in education between high-income and low-income students. In addition, the organization’s Redefine Possible campaign intends to create at least 5,700 new high-performing educational places in Houston, increasing enrolment by more than 50% by 2018.

Switzerland

Project Aim Result

Credit Suisse Young Artist Award

Recognize the outstanding achievements of young soloists in the field of classical music and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their talents.

 

The Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2014. In addition to receiving CHF 75,000 in prize money, he made his debut at the Lucerne Festival in Summer in a concert with the Vienna Philharmonic.

Swiss Red Cross

Support health and integration programs run by the Swiss Red Cross

Almost 1,800 employees lent their support to programs including a blood donation campaign, a driver pool transport service, ‘2 x Christmas’ and the integration project ‘Mitten unter uns’ (In our Midst)

University Children's Hospital Zurich

Organize activities and events  for young patients being treated at the University Children's Hospital Zurich

 

Credit Suisse employees organized events such as a children’s party and engaged in other activities such as decorating Easter eggs and making gingerbread houses with young patients and their siblings

In 2014, employees in all our regions volunteered a total of 190,790 hours. Our aim in 2015 is to encourage even more of our workforce to act as volunteers in all business regions and to further improve cooperation with our partner organizations.

For detailed information see the Corporate Responsibility Report on page 41.

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Global Citizens Program 

Global Citizens Program

Sharing our employees' skills and expertise with our NGO partners on the ground.