Employee networks and stakeholder engagement

Employee networks are long-established at Credit Suisse and have been critically influential in advocating for our employee communities across the globe, lending their voice to Courageous Conversations and bringing fresh insights to achieve business goals. Our employee networks serve as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience, thus fostering mutual understanding and respect, helping to strengthen our corporate culture. Led by employees on a voluntary basis, our networks represent and serve many communities within the bank including women, families, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals (LGBTQ+), people with disabilities, US veterans, multi-generations, and different races and ethnicities. They support and advocate for underrepresented talent at the bank and cultural diversity, and influence our Diversity and Inclusion strategy and initiatives.

Leaders of our employee networks help to realize broader Diversity and Inclusion goals through a close connection of the Diversity and Inclusion strategy to the programming, events and activities for network members. Employee networks are focused on four key mandates to drive impact: employee experience and advocacy, community partnership, professional development and mentoring, and business, impact and recruiting. In 2021, we had over 29,000 memberships1 in our employee networks globally, reflecting the energy, partnership, and efforts our employees made to collaborate globally to deliver impactful programs and initiatives, striving to achieve our shared goal of increasing the sense of inclusion and belonging for all our employees. Additionally, allies and executive sponsors play a key role in elevating this important work by providing advocacy.

1 Individuals can hold memberships in multiple employee network groups.