Community Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Americas is responsible for the firm's regional corporate giving and philanthropy strategy. This includes overseeing UBS Americas' strategic grant making and our flagship programs UBS NextGen Leaders and Elevating Entrepreneurs. It also includes our national partnerships with nonprofit organizations, and employee engagement programs such as Volunteer Action Grants and Community Leadership.
Our mission is to align who we are outside the office with who we are in the office. As one of the world’s leading financial services firms, we spend countless hours each day enabling clients—institutional and retail—to create lives that are meaningful to them. Our objective is to do the same for our communities.
Together with our colleagues, we are committed to marshaling the firm’s financial and human capital to provide advice and access to under-resourced, high-potential individuals in UBS’s global focus areas of education and entrepreneurship.
Working together to achieve our mission
At UBS, we believe that investing in our communities is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. So just as our business is aligned to serve the critical needs of our most important stakeholders, so too is our philanthropy. Our philanthropy and community investments are focused on meeting the growing needs of our communities, clients and employees across the Americas through three core areas:
Learn more about these teams and how they work to affect real change in the community by reading the fact sheets above.
Our impact on the community
UBS is affecting real change in the communities where we live and work. In the Americas, approximately 2,500 employees spent more than 35,000 hours volunteering in 2013. Globally, UBS employees volunteered more than 91,370 hours in the community during that same time period.
In 2013, we donated $15 million to nonprofit organizations. Globally, the firm contributed CHF 28.3 million to our nonprofit partners and charities.
Through UBS’s Elevating Entrepreneurs program as well as our partnerships with Venture for America and American Corporate Partners, UBS employees contributed approximately 2,000 pro bono hours of mentorship and business education.
Job creation, new business and access to capital
Through our Elevating Entrepreneurs program, UBS Financial Advisors and their clients have provided intensive mentoring to small businesses and startups in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. By lending $9.1 million to 49 small businesses in the US, we are addressing one of the most significant challenges facing small business owners today – access to capital. These loans have resulted in 1,203 new or retained jobs.