Across SWIFT's regions, our local teams have been involved in numerous initiatives that make a difference to their communities.
When Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern coast of the US, our local teams decided to roll up their sleeves and engage. They made a donation to the American Red Cross, collected food for the New York Food Bank and joined the Children’s Fund to organise hat and mitten drives. In addition, US teams gave lots of time and energy raising funds for a wide range of projects, supporting children and families in need, serving Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families, participating in the Earth Day project and collecting toys for children.
In the fast-changing business environment in the east, more can be done to raise the financial literacy of lower income families and to develop future leaders who are key to supporting sustainable growth in their local communities. In 2012, SWIFT APAC partnered with Enactus to support education in China and Malaysia, and with the WIMLER foundation to provide elementary education to children in the Philippines.
For the second consecutive year, we were awarded the Solidaritest Award for Business by the Belgian Red Cross in recognition of our social and humanitarian initiatives in Belgium. We also strengthened our partnership with SOS Children's Villages by supporting local villages when holding conferences and business forums across the region. In Africa, we support educational initiatives such as the Student Sponsorship Programme in South Africa, and the Twiga Foundation in Tanzania. Our London-based staff continued to support the Little Havens Children's Hospice by raising money and dedicating time to help.