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, and strive to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our CSR programme covers several of them, and in particular SDG 1, No poverty, and SDG 4, Quality Education.
SWIFT has been sponsoring charities while organising events since 2008, with a special focus on education and under-privileged children. Face for Children in Need in Egypt, Kampala Children Centre in Uganda and NORSA Community in South Africa are among the beneficiaries of SWIFT financial support.
In countries across Africa including Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania, we have supported SOS Children’s Villages. This long lasting partner of SWIFT works to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children. This year for the 25th edition of the SWIFT African Regional Conference, SWIFT is sponsoring the SOS Children’s Village in Kigali. Our donation will be used to finance qualitative staff and educational support for the school run by SOS Children’s Villages.
As promoted by the SDG1, we believe that obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. We support projects in the Teach for All network across the globe. In Africa specifically, we support Teach for Ghana and Teach for Nigeria, which aim to reduce education inequity through the development of transformational leadership programmes. SWIFT also supports education through the Student Scholarship Programme in South Africa and 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.
We also contribute to financial education and inclusion initiatives as they are close to our business. On the African continent, SWIFT partners with Fundación Capital in Tanzania to finance the development and launch of tablet-based financial education apps aimed at supporting young people and women. Additionally, we support the Phakamani Foundation in South Africa with a project that empowers women to become micro-business owners. They have an integrated programme of micro-enterprise training, group loans and on-going support. These initiatives contribute to SDG 1, No poverty.
We also strive to respond to needs arising from humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters through corporate donations, voluntary work and donation-matching campaigns in support of the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders.
Employee engagement is one of our key priorities, with over 21% of staff actively engaged in various associations, many of which are located in various African countries such as Gambia, Kenya, Senegal, Togo and Uganda.
At SWIFT we care for the environment by implementing measures aimed at reducing our cooperative’s carbon emissions. We use renewable energy wherever feasible and compensate carbon emissions caused by work-related travel and events, and we continue our partnership with WeForest, an NGO devoted to reforestation of bio-diverse and indigenous forests in tropical countries while providing jobs for women and enabling them to send their children to school.