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Credit Suisse wanted to strengthen their corporate engagement with two global citizenship initiatives focused on education and financial inclusion and saw volunteering as a way to achieve their goals.
Each year, programme partners identify assignment briefs in conjunction with Emerging World and Credit Suisse. Suitably qualified employees can apply to undertake these assignments which last from 1 to 12 weeks. The learning exchange flows both ways between participant and partner and has been integrated into employee training and talent programmes.
Since its launch in 2010, over 400 employees have completed assignments in over 50 countries around the world. Assessment is carried out a year after they return with 98% gaining learning directly useful for their current role and 88% believing the programme sparked new ideas for business improvements.