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A decade of tackling disadvantage

One school is bringing quality education to over 1,000 of London's most disadvantaged students.

Our success in numbers (2020)


Number of volunteers


Hours of volunteering


Number of beneficiaries


Program Overview

Our award-winning Community Affairs program works to overcome disadvantage by improving outcomes and opportunities in our local communities. We do this through building long-term partnerships focused on Education and Social Entrepreneurship.

Through strategic investments and by harnessing the time and skills of our employees, we bring tangible benefits to our communities.

We support partners with:

UBS Funding

A small number of carefully selected organizations

Employee Volunteering

Two days per annum to volunteer

We’ve built sustainable and successful partnerships with charities and social enterprises. In the UK, we’ve supported the East London borough of Hackney for over 30 years, with The Bridge Academy as our flagship partner (a school for 11 − 18 year olds).


UBS’s award-winning Community Affairs program in EMEA focuses on long- term collaboration, harnessing the time and skills of our employees, to improve outcomes and opportunities in our local communities.

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Higher education for refugees

UBS has been supporting Kiron's efforts to improve access to higher education for all German speaking refugees in Germany. Kiron provides an innovative blended-learning model comprising open online courses and mentoring, provided by UBS employees, which enables its students to achieve a globally recognized degree.

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Career Turn/Stella Virium

In 2014, UBS partnered with Stella Virium to launch 'Career Turn' - a professional development program which helps underprivileged and marginalized groups to upskill and increase their confidence. Benefiting from a range of training courses, 50% of participants have found employment or had their lives transformed.


Connecting to Hackney

UBS partners with UnLtd to support early stage social entrepreneurs in the UK. The Hackney Connect program has provided young people (aged 18 to 30 years old) with training, mentoring and grants of up to GBP15,000 to set up initiatives to help tackle the social and environmental issues affecting their local communities.

Our employees are at the heart of program delivery and over 100 volunteers have supported the young social entrepreneurs through one-on-one mentoring, intensive skills development workshops, judging panels and events.

Building on the learning and the success of the Hackney Connect program, UBS is now funding UnLtd to run the East End Connect program, to support approximately 42 social entrepreneurs over the next three years in London.

Our impact


Young people supported to set up a social enterprise


People employed as a result of the ventures' work in one year alone


Beneficiaries reached through the collective support of the social entrepreneurs that completed the program


Employee Volunteering is fundamental to what we aim to achieve in our communities. In the Europe, Middle East and African region, employees share their knowledge and skills to help tackle pressing societal issues. Our impact is tangible – from improving child literacy to capacity building social enterprises.

Over 30% of employees across 13 different locations in the EMEA region supported education initiatives and social entrepreneurs in 2017. Below are a few examples of how employees share their skills and time to good effect.


Our partner Kiron, winner of the UBS Social Innovator program 2017, enables UBS employees to mentor and inspire refugees as they restart their education.


The BizNes Class initiative maximises employees' project management skills to support 'business leaders' as they set up their new social enterprises.


Working in partnership with Fundacion Integra employees help tackle social exclusion by supporting a range of employability and confidence workshops.

South Africa

The Maths Centre provides wide ranging training and development events for schools, teachers and students. Our mentoring, strategic guidance and fundraising has been transforming lives for over 20 years.


Over 7,000 employees have given 62,000 hours of skills based volunteer support to our flagship education partner, The Bridge Academy, a school in the top 5% nationally for disadvantage. Our support, ranging from strategic oversight to reading clubs, has transformed lives.


The UBS Community Affairs program in EMEA has had an enormous impact in our local communities for over 30 years. In the past decade the program has received more than 50 awards and accolades.

Dragon Award

The prestigious Dragon Award was presented to UBS for our partnership with IntoUniversity to help disadvantaged students attain a place at university.

Global Good Awards

UBS was awarded Gold at the Global Good Awards for our commitment to driving positive change within the London Borough of Hackney for over 30 years.

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UBS was awarded three Gold awards at the Corporate Engagement Awards for Innovation, Best Sports Program, and Most Effective Long-term Commitment.

Business Charity Award

UBS was awarded the Business Charity Award for our strategic partnership with Skills Builder to help disadvantaged children.

Are you looking for funding? If so, please read our funding guidelines below before contacting us.

We support projects within the themes of education and entrepreneurship in the cities where we have a business presence. In the UK, our program is focused on our neighbouring communities in East London.

Employee engagement is one of the strengths of our award-winning Community Affairs program; organizations that find viable, creative ways in which to involve our employees in projects will be given particular consideration.

We will not support projects or organizations that are delivering outside of our focus themes. In addition, UBS guidelines preclude donations to: individuals; political groups or activities; animal rights/advocacy organizations; religious activities; the cost of fundraising events; endowment appeals; and capital projects.

See how we support communities in our other regions