• Citi Celebrates Earth Day 2018

    By Val Smith, Director of Corporate Sustainability April 18, 2018 12:00 PM

    This Sunday, April 22, marks Earth Day, an annual celebration that brings together millions of people around the world to promote sustainability and environmental awareness through volunteerism and civic engagement. Each year, Citi is proud to join this celebration by engaging in sustainability initiatives in many of the communities where we live and work around the world.

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  • Citi’s Volunteer Africa program returns to Uganda in 2018

    By Raymond McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Tyler Dickson, Head of Global Capital Markets and Paco Ybarra, Global Head of Markets and Securities Services April 10, 2018 09:30 AM

    27 of Citi’s junior bankers have begun working with 18 Ugandan entrepreneurs as part of Citi’s Volunteer Africa program, in partnership with Balloon Ventures. This is now the third year of the programme and we are immensely excited about what will be achieved and the long term impact for both volunteers and entrepreneurs. We are particularly pleased that this year will see Analysts and Associates from across global CIB, CMO and EMEA Markets and Securities Services working together – a fantastic opportunity to build networks across businesses and geographies.

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  • Stories of Inclusive Progress: Making a Difference in Communities Across the U.S.

    By Bill Mills, CEO Citi North America, and Bob Annibale, Global Director, Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance April 09, 2018 04:00 PM

    Inclusion is central to Citi’s mission of enabling growth and economic progress, and is at the heart of the investments, products, services and programs we develop as well as our support for innovative community and municipal innovators. We are committed to empowering individuals and families to participate in the opportunities brought by economic growth in their communities, such as saving for college, becoming a homeowner or gaining access to affordable housing, starting a small business, or attaining the financial and social benefits of citizenship. For instance, Citi Community Development and the Citi Foundation support innovative community and municipal partners and programs that focus on youth, entrepreneurship, small business, financial inclusion and resilience, and environmental sustainability.

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  • Citi Continues Partnership with Girl Rising, A Global Campaign Using Storytelling to Educate and Empower Girls

    By Christina Lowery, CEO, Girl Rising April 06, 2018 11:00 AM

    Girl Rising is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women around the world. Our movement began in 2013 with the release of the “Girl Rising” film, which tells the stories of nine girls growing up in the developing world, and how they confront barriers to their education. This film, highlighting personal perseverance and potential, remains at the heart of the global campaign to change how girls and girls’ education are valued.

    Though much of our work is still conducted overseas, we also saw a unique opportunity in the United States to support and champion girls’ education. Too many young people graduate without an understanding of social justice, global awareness and civic engagement and we found that teachers were desperate to tackle these issues with their students. As a result, we launched the Girl Rising U.S. Educator program on the heels of the film’s release and our partnership with Citi has allowed us to take this program to the next level.

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  • Citi’s UK Gender Pay Gap

    By Jim Cowles, CEO, Citi Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) March 27, 2018 09:00 AM

    Today, we are disclosing the results of our UK Gender Pay Gap analysis, which looks at the compensation of our male and female colleagues in the UK. Our results reinforce that we need to hire more women, promote more women and retain more women. And we need to hold our company, and our leaders, accountable for making measurable progress in all three areas.

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  • Announcing Our U.S. Commercial Firearms Policy

    By Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Citi March 22, 2018 11:30 AM

    Today, our CEO announced Citi is instituting a new U.S. Commercial Firearms Policy. It is not centered on an ideological mission to rid the world of firearms. That is not what we seek. There are millions of Americans who use firearms for recreational and other legitimate purposes, and we respect their Constitutional right to do so.

    But we want to do our part as a company to prevent firearms from getting into the wrong hands. So our new policy centers around current firearms sales best practices that will guide those we do business with as a firm.

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  • Activating the Youth Entrepreneurial Mindset with a Charge to Change the World

    March 19, 2018 10:30 AM

    ​Each year, NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) invites students to think of creative solutions to help meet the United Nations’ global goals. For the 2018 World Series of Innovation (WSI), as part of its Pathways to Progress program, the Citi Foundation launched the Decent Work Challenge, which tasked young entrepreneurs with designing a practical innovation that promotes access to decent work and safe working environments (Sustainable Development Goal 8). Citi employees volunteered to serve as judges in the selection of the WSI finalists. Below, the volunteer judges share their experiences of participating in the virtual challenge.

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  • Recognizing International Women’s Day and a Call for Active Participation to Enable Continued Progress for Women

    By Tracey Warson, Head of Citi Private Bank North America and Jim Cowles, Chief Executive Officer, Europe Middle East & Africa, Co-chairs of the Citi Women Affinity Steering Committee March 08, 2018 02:00 AM

    ​This year’s official International Women’s Day theme – Press for Progress – reminds us that while as a company and a society we have made great advances, there’s still much more we need to do. On International Women’s Day we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and continue to advance global efforts to accelerate gender parity. While we are excited by the many celebrations of diversity and inclusion taking place in many countries, we also recognize the more active role we still have to play in enabling progress for women worldwide.

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  • On Opportunity, Success and International Women’s Day: A Conversation Between Citi Foundation’s Brandee McHale and Pathways to Progress Participant Spandana Singh

    By Spandana Singh, Millennial Public Policy Fellow, New America March 05, 2018 12:00 PM

    While I have always understood the mission of International Women’s Day (IWD) to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, I didn’t actually engage until I came across #InternationalWomensDay. Each year, millions of people on social media post about what the day means to them and the women who have inspired them. Before social media, this particular movement felt out of reach for most people to get involved. But as people around the world posted their own stories, it gave the movement a face. Since then, numerous hashtags have gained substantial traction and have succeeded in raising awareness of issues often touched upon by International Women’s Day leaders while also engaging people across generations to share their experiences and propose solutions.

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  • Talking Diversity with Citi Leadership: Recognizing Black History Month and Supporting our Black Heritage Affinity

    By Stephen Bird, CEO, Global Consumer Banking and Mark Mason, CFO, Institutional Clients Group February 26, 2018 01:30 PM

    Stephen Bird and Mark Mason are co-leads of Citi’s Black Heritage Affinity. Here they share their thoughts around Black History Month in the U.S. and our support for our Black colleagues across the globe.

    February is Black History Month in the U.S. It is a time to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and recognize the important and defining role they have played and continue to play in shaping the history of the United States. As co-leads of Citi’s Black Heritage Affinity, this month is important to us and to the members of our 10 U.S.-based Black Heritage Network chapters for many reasons. First, it gives us an opportunity to more fully understand and appreciate the role that Black Americans occupy in our national past and present, which in turn enables us to work toward creating a more inclusive future. This is a celebration but also a reflection, which provides us all with a pointed opening to ask the difficult questions of ourselves and to have the sometimes uncomfortable conversations necessary to help us promote progress.

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