Across EMEA, UBS works with a range of community partners, with the common aim of giving people the skills and confidence they need to achieve their potential.
In the UK, we partner The Bridge Academy - a school for 11-18 year olds - in one of the most disadvantaged areas of London. The partnership started with a £1 million donation from UBS, which was matched by a valued Wealth Management client.
UBS is 100 percent engaged in the life of The Bridge Academy. Since 2003, more than 4,000 employees have volunteered over 40,000 hours of their time and UBS employees, clients and suppliers have donated more than £1 million. The range of support is enormous. Six UBS Managing Directors are governors of the Academy; every senior student has a UBS mentor; hundreds of volunteers support workshops and placements that develop work-related learning skills; over 100 employees are involved in subject-specific activity from Maths mentors to Spanish language partners; and, each week, 30 employees go to the Bridge before work to help with essential literacy and numeracy.
"The partnership with UBS attracted me to the Bridge and is one of the reasons I want to attend Sixth Form there. They invest time in the student. The funding is great, but it's the UBS volunteers that have made the biggest impact on me. People from the Bridge will come back to work at UBS." Ife Grillo, Year 11 student.
The Sky is the Limit aims to transform at-risk youth into socially involved citizens, by developing their sense of self-worth and ensuring an ability and desire to account for their future and communities. In the course of UBS's support, the children The Sky is the Limit works with have founded projects to instigate community change. One group identified a community need for healthy youth recreation and initiated a youth movie theater in their local community center.
UBS has supported the enterprise, not just through funding but also through a mentoring and counselling program. In addition, UBS offers in-kind support where possible such as allowing The Sky is the Limit to hold board meetings at UBS offices four times a year.
" The team that is mentoring us is very devoted, dedicated and wants nothing but our success."
Moriah Ben Ami, CEO, The Sky is the Limit
Maths Centre is a not-for-profit educational organization that strives to improve maths, science and technology education in South Africa by equipping teachers and learners with maths materials and training.
UBS has been supporting the Maths Centre since 2001. For over a decade we have been funding workshops and accredited training for students and teachers in disadvantaged townships. Fundraising by employees supplements UBS's contributions.
Currently UBS is providing funding towards the development and accredited qualification of 20 teachers working in six schools and eight early childhood development centers supporting 500 children each year. As a result of our donation, learners and teachers will benefit from in-classroom assessment and training, workshops and ongoing progression monitoring which will lead to an accredited qualification.
Krakow Business Starter is a training program for young entrepreneurs that UBS founded in 2013. Each year, 25 students and graduates from Krakow universities participate in workshops created and presented by UBS employees, Academic Business Incubator (AIP) Krakow and business practitioners. The workshops are intended to develop each participant's entrepreneurial skills and assist them in setting up their first company.
UBS volunteers assist students in creating a business plan and present workshops to help build their communication, networking, presentation and IT skills. Incubation and mentoring is offered to the best 10 start-ups chosen by the organizers. After six months, one to three start-ups are selected and given a grant of 10,000 PLN.
From a meeting with an existing charity partner conducted over tasty pastries, UBS came to learn of pastry production at our partner's therapeutic center for drug addicts. We learnt the pastry making fostered creativity and facilitated recovery and rehabilitation.
UBS was inspired to support the partner to develop and launch a social enterprise with funding and skills and expertise such as business planning, project management, HR, marketing and communications support. After over half a year of planning and preparation, in December 2012 the initiative was officially launched at an internal UBS event with guests from the therapeutic center serving cakes to all of our employees.
Today I Dolci del Paradiso is a self-financing work integration social enterprise (WISE) selling its products through an online shop, showroom and catering services. I Dolci del Paradiso pastries are served in UBS Italia client meeting rooms every day.