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Our contribution to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable development is a key aspect of our corporate responsibility. Since the introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN in 2015, we have been pursuing activities designed to contribute to the realization of the SDGs in our role as a global financial institution. In 2019, in the context of our materiality assessment survey, we again consulted with our stakeholders to learn about their perception of Credit Suisse’s most significant impacts on the SDGs. Among the 17 SDGs, Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9) and Climate Action (SDG 13) were mentioned most frequently. These results confirm our previous priority areas. The following table provides an overview or our wide-ranging activities relating to selected objectives.

Objective
Goal 4: Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Our contribution

  • We promote access to education and help to improve the quality of education through our Global Education Initiative
  • We run a financial education program for girls in Brazil, China, India, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Tanzania
  • We support regional education programs in collaboration with partner organizations
Goal 5: Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Our contribution

  • We foster diversity and inclusion within our organization
  • We take measures to increase the proportion of women in management positions within our organization
  • We promote access to financial services for women in developing countries and emerging markets through our financial inclusion activities and run a financial education program for girls
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Our contribution

  • We provide renewable energy financing
  • We use climate-friendly energy sources for our business premises and have buildings certified according to energy efficiency standards
  • We run an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Our contribution

  • We offer progressive working conditions for our employees
  • We support economic growth and entrepreneurship through our role as a lender and financial intermediary
  • We are an integral part of the economy and society in our role as an employer, client, contractual partner and taxpayer
  • We help to strengthen local economies in developing countries and emerging markets through our activities in the area of financial inclusion
Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Our contribution

  • We supply risk capital to support growth and innovation, including through Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital AG in Switzerland
  • We help to strengthen local economies in developing countries and emerging markets through our activities in the area of financial inclusion
  • We provide renewable energy financing
  • We focus on sustainability risk management and have sector-specific policies and guidelines in place
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Our contribution

  • We invest in sustainable real estate
  • We are committed to continuously improving the ESG performance (environmental, social and governance performance), energy efficiency and carbon footprint of our real estate investment portfolio
Goal 13: Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Our contribution

  • We have a Group-wide Climate Risk Strategy program in place
  • We focus on sustainability risk management and have sector-specific policies and guidelines in place
  • We are addressing the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (FSB TCFD)
  • We offer a range of green finance products and services for our clients
  • We are greenhouse gas neutral across all our operations globally
  • We are a signatory to the Poseidon Principles
Goal 15: Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Our contribution

  • We are active in the area of conservation finance
  • We have an ongoing advisory role to the Zoological Society of London's Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit (SPOTT)
  • We focus on sustainability risk management and have sector-specific policies and guidelines in place