UBS and its employees are involved in numerous projects that benefit the community in Switzerland. Our volunteering, a donation program and grants support and empower people, projects and organizations in the areas of education and entrepreneurship as well as the environment, societal issues and culture. Our goal is to make an active contribution to shaping the future of Switzerland as a strong business location.
UBS Employee Volunteering
As one of the biggest employers in Switzerland, UBS feels that it has a particular obligation to local communities. We encourage our employees to get involved actively and, together with the firm, fulfill their societal responsibilities. To this end, every year we offer all employees in Switzerland the opportunity to take part in over 100 charitable activities covering every part of the country. UBS provides two paid workdays per year for participation in these activities.
The focus is on four areas and employee:
Together with organisations such as Swiss Parks Network, the Swiss Foundation for Landscape Conservation and the Swiss Hiking Federation, UBS organizes various volunteering opportunities. Employees from all over Switzerland help to build dry stone walls, clear footpaths and care for meadows and woodland edges.
Day trips with retirement home residents, a day of work in a workshop for disabled people or an assignment with paraplegic youngsters: UBS employees join forces with various organizations dedicated to helping disadvantaged people. This results in exciting encounters, through which both sides benefit from insights into the different ways people live.
Numerous UBS employees work as mentors and support schoolchildren with learning difficulties for a year. Working as a mentor not only requires a great deal of patience and empathy but also takes up a considerable amount of personal time. Volunteers are rewarded with children who overcome their initial difficulties step by step and who for the most part are able to improve their school performance at school.
How does a company work? How can I recognize the correlation of economic circumstances and events? During volunteer assignments in schools, UBS employees familiarize schoolchildren with the subject of business, for example during the Schmidheiny Foundation's "Business Weeks."
UBS employees are involved with the following organizations, among others:
Bildungswerkstatt Bergwald (BWBW) is a charitable foundation present throughout Switzerland for environmental education and the education of young people. Among other things, it runs forest project weeks for adolescents from the ninth grade that are aimed at strengthening their social and personal skills. At the end of 2010, the BWBW was recognized by the Swiss UNESCO Commission as a "United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Activity".
UBS supports the BWBW with the carrying out of various projects and works closely with the BWBW as part of the UBS Employee Volunteering program.
Since 1974, the Ernst Schmidheiny Foundation has hosted Business Weeks at Swiss high schools and has thereby furthered the understanding of a total of 90,000 students to date in the field of business. A corporate planning game developed specifically for the purpose and overseen by experienced business managers sees the students take on the role of an executive board member.
Since their inception, UBS has supported the Business Weeks financially. Many of the bank's managers also help out as course tutors, providing the young people with concrete support in their professional career.
Jurapark Aargau is a park of national importance and stands out due to its beautiful landscapes, rich biodiversity and significant cultural assets. Among its most important natural treasures are sparse pine forest, bright slopes covered in orchids, rocky steppe and vineyards. Jurapark is dedicated to preserving and enhancing these valuable habitats and their diversity of species.
As part of its volunteer program UBS Employee Volunteering, UBS carries out employee assignments in Jurapark Aargau, thereby supporting the preservation of the park's unique landscape.
The "Naturama Aargau" natural history museum showcases Aargau's habitat in the past, present and future, and aims to promote the canton's sustainable development. Besides the museum, environmental courses and the sustainability task force, conservation is also part of its work. Among other things, Naturama organizes voluntary work in the countryside.
UBS employees get involved for the benefit of the region's natural environment in a number of ways: on conservation projects, they help maintain species diversity in meadows, plant standard fruit trees with local farmers to provide a much-needed habitat for threatened species and tend hedges, ponds and mini-structures as interlinking landscape elements.
Gantrisch Wildlife Park is famous for its extensive moorland landscapes, alpine meadows, large areas of forest and the Sense-Schwarzwasser riverscape with its impressive canyons. The care and preservation of these valuable habitats and their biodiversity is one of the key aims of Gantrisch Wildlife Park.
UBS supports the preservation of the park's unique landscape through volunteer assignments by its employees.
The Züriwerk Foundation is a non-profit organization recognized by the federal government and canton. On behalf of and in the interest of society, it backs the social and economic integration of adults with handicaps. Backed up by its wealth of experience, the Züriwerk Foundation provides professional assistance to the disadvantaged in finding work. Since 2007 it has also been involved in part-pay projects aimed at integrating benefit recipients.
UBS employees regularly perform social work for Züriwerk, working together with the handicapped in production locations.
The Swiss Foundation for Landscape Conservation strives to preserve, care for and enhance landscape that is worthy of protection in Switzerland. It pursues this goal by protecting, promoting and restoring the natural and cultural values of the landscape. It is a charitable foundation and has no commercial purpose.
UBS is entering into a three-year partnership with the Swiss Foundation for Landscape Conservation from 2011 and is thus supporting the preservation, care and enhancement of landscape that is worthy of protection in Switzerland.
Young Enterprise Switzerland is a non-profit organization that develops practical business courses for schoolchildren and students aimed at networking schools with business.
As part of a partnership lasting several years, UBS supports the organization and every year enables 750 students at 25 high schools, commercial and vocational colleges in Switzerland to found startups, recognize business contexts and act enterprisingly. UBS also hosts the annual "Young Entrepreneurs in the Station" event in Zurich Central Station that gives young entrepreneurs valuable experience in presenting and selling their products and services to a wide audience.
Finally, UBS employees act as volunteer consultants, providing practical business training for students in the 8th to 10th grades. Their professional and life experience gives the young people concrete help for their professional careers.