SWIFT in action – Our Corporate Social Responsibility engagement
SWIFT works with and for financial communities across the globe. We know this is a privilege as well as a responsibility, and we are committed to making a positive impact wherever we can.
We integrate social, environmental, ethical, and human rights concerns into our operational strategy. Education, diversity, sustainability, community outreach — these issues are important to us, and as such are embedded in our company mind-set.
SWIFT has been sponsoring charities while organising events in the region since 2007, with a special focus on education and under-privileged children.
For the SWIFT Operations Forum Europe in Amsterdam, we are happy to provide financial support to CliniClowns. Since 1992, the CliniClowns visit sick and handicapped children in over 100 hospitals and institutions throughout the Netherlands. By playing with them, the CliniClowns allow these children to reduce their anxiety, to relax and relieve some of their pain. Feeling better helps them to get better. Today, 76 clowns play with 90,000 children, reaching theme in hospitals and institutions, at their homes, in schools and even online. SWIFT’s donation will allow CliniClowns to play with close to 700 children.
The most important thing a clown does is transform the energy in the room.
Michael Christensen, Cliniclowns founder
Education is at the heart of our CSR programme. We have a global partnership with Teach for All, which aims to promote equality in education through the development of transformational leadership programmes. SWIFT also supports education through the Nairobits Trust in Kenya, training less privileged young people in web design, IT and creative multimedia, helping them to enhance their employment and entrepreneurship opportunities; WAPA International, which raises funds to support local organisations helping to reintegrate child victims of war; and the Digital Leadership Institute, which promotes greater participation of girls and women in strategic, innovative ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) sectors.
In addition, SWIFT supports micro-finance and financial inclusion initiatives in emerging countries since they are close to our business. We sponsor the Phakamani Foundation in South Africa and the Mann Deshi Foundation in India with grants. Additionally, SWIFT partners with Fundación Capital, to finance the development and launch of tablet-based financial education apps aimed to support young people and women in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Tanzania.