• Our Review of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project and What's Ahead

    April 27, 2017 12:00 PM

    Citi is one of the 17 banks that financed the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project — an underground oil pipeline in the U.S. from North Dakota to Illinois. Construction of the pipeline raised concerns and spurred protests by indigenous peoples and environmentalists as well as many others who were concerned about the project and its potential impact. Citi recognizes the importance of the issues they have raised and will learn from this experience to improve our approach to due diligence on social risk, including on issues related to indigenous peoples.

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  • Making a Difference in Uganda: Citi’s Global Volunteer Africa Team

    By Manolo Falco, Corporate & Investment Banking Head, EMEA April 21, 2017 09:00 AM

    Last year, Citi launched Volunteer Africa, an initiative to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses, create jobs and build sustainable livelihoods in poor communities in select parts of Africa.

    Following the success of the 2016 pilot program in Kenya, which originated in the Corporate and Investment Bank in EMEA, Volunteer Africa has expanded this year to include junior bankers in Corporate and Investment Banking and Capital Markets Origination globally.

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  • Community Progress Makers: Support that Fuels Impact and Transformative Change

    By Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship, Citi April 18, 2017 04:00 PM

    Community-based organizations have been at the forefront of transforming cities, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, acting as both spring boards to economic opportunity and critical safety nets for low-income people and communities. However, to accelerate the pace of transformative impact in our cities, these change-agents need more than financial support for specific programs.

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  • Discussing Diversity & Gender Equality with Citi Executives

    By Jim Cowles, Citi CEO EMEA, and Tracey Warson, Head of Citi Private Bank North America April 07, 2017 11:00 AM

    From your perspective, how does Diversity drive business outcomes?

    JC: Our business is about opportunity and risk. And the only way we can strike a rational balance between those two elements of our decision-making is to create more diversity of perspective in our work force. We get closer to that goal by building more diverse teams composed of people with different experiences, genders, nationalities, religions, ethnicities, economic backgrounds and sexual orientations. Effectively harnessing that diversity of perspectives will help us truly explore and realize the full potential of what Citi can offer our colleagues and clients.

    TW: We know from research that we need to have at least a 30% cohort of women in the room for our voice to be heard. My commitment is to model the way for others and to demonstrate that when we have diverse and gender-balanced leadership teams, we have better business outcomes. In my business in Citi Private Bank North America, my Leadership Team is 38% women, and we have grown our business year-over-year in the past three years to record highs.

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  • Postcard from Paraguay

    By José Ignacio De Oteyza, Citi Country Officer, Paraguay April 04, 2017 11:30 AM

    Tell Us about Paraguay

    Official language: Guaraní (National Language) and Spanish. Paraguay is the only South American country that has two official languages, and the only country in Latin America where the indigenous language is one of the national languages - despite the fact that the majority of the population is not indigenous.

    Currency: Guaraní

    Population: 7,000,000

    Capital: Asunción

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  • Connecting Experiences in Austin

    By Linda Duncombe, Chief Marketing Officer, Citi FinTech March 31, 2017 10:00 AM

    Citi FinTech participated in the interactive portion of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas for the first time this year, descending on this marquee technology conference to drive awareness of Citi’s Open Banking strategy and socialize our platform, the Citi Developer Hub, among developers and the tech community.

    The FastCompany panel, featuring Linda & Sima Gandhi from Plaid

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  • Hello, Boston

    March 07, 2017 12:30 PM

    Carmen Monks, Managing Director, Citi Private Bank
    Jim Nolan, Managing Director, Institutional Clients Group - Securities and Fund Services
    Peter Smith, Director, Citi Commercial Bank

    The City Profiles series is dedicated to highlighting Citi’s history in some of our key markets around the world. We spoke to three Boston-based leaders to get their perspectives on Citi’s ongoing involvement with the city.

    What is your favorite milestone from Citi’s history in Boston, and how do we continue to enable progress in the city today?

    Jim: In 2000, we served as sole manager on an offering of taxable project revenue bonds and developed a preliminary financing plan for Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.

    As a result, we like to think Citi played a role in laying the foundation for some great accomplishments by the Patriots – five National Football League Super Bowl championships, including our most recent victory against the Atlanta Falcons! Similar to the strong performance of the New England Patriots over the years, Citi is committed to excellence and continues to build momentum in our effort to provide a range of banking and investment services to institutional investment managers and corporate clients in Boston.

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  • Citi’s Letter to Investors Regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline

    March 07, 2017 10:15 AM

    The following was sent in response to a letter from investors regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    We appreciate the opportunity to engage with our investors on important issues such as this one. We would like to provide you with some background on our due diligence practices, engagement activities, and how we have sought to use our leverage in this difficult situation.

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  • Youth Optimism, Meet Opportunity: Bridging the Gap between Young People’s Career Aspirations & Ability to Succeed

    By Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation February 22, 2017 09:00 AM

    Young people today make up the largest youth population in history. Their successes and struggles are as diverse as their personalities and aspirations. However, in all corners of the globe, this generation faces a common challenge: persistent, high rates of youth unemployment. Left unaddressed, the consequences reverberate across our cities and affect us all. When young people don’t see or have a sustainable economic path, our families and communities also suffer. In fact, the futures of cities are intrinsically tied to the economic success of young people.

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  • A Conversation with Cities: Mayors on Catalyzing Collaboration & Engaging Citizens

    By Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs, Citi and Chairman of the Citi Foundation February 21, 2017 09:30 AM

    The following blog post is part of the City Accelerator initiative, a collaboration between the Citi Foundation and Living Cities that aims to speed the adoption of innovative local government projects within and across cities that will have a significant impact on the lives of their residents, especially those with low incomes.

    When it comes to addressing the complex challenges that come with rapid urbanization, cities have an opportunity to tap into their strongest natural resource – their citizens. The City Accelerator continues to help city governments engage with their citizens so they can improve services and quality of life. For 18 months, cities in the initiative’s second round of participants focused on enhancing the ways in which cities engage with their residents on important local issues such as fostering entrepreneurship and connecting those in need to social services.

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