Results tagged as "common purpose"

  • Can Cities Talk?

    By Zia Yusuf, President & CEO, Streetline, Inc. September 16, 2013 02:17 PM

    Cities are epicenters of creativity, innovation, adventures, energy, and life. They're moving, breathing, and living. Cities have a heart, personality, and looks. But a city lacks one thing: a voice.

    Every inch of a city has a story to tell. It hosts a park; a sidewalk; a café; a dark alley; a parking meter. It hosts a baby to be born; a streetlight to burn out; a traffic jam; a farmer's market; a crime about to happen.

    The city has been speechless since it's existence, begging for others to speak on its behalf. Sometimes it's misinterpreted. Sometimes it takes days or weeks to be heard. And sometimes, it never is.

    Thanks to the Internet of Things, which refers to technology that connect/shares data from actual physical "things," such as buses, light bulbs, a refrigerator, or a parking space, this is quickly changing. Most of it lies within sensors or other "sensing" devices - such as cameras - to collect data; the Internet to then pass on the data; and web and mobile applications to then turn the data into easy-to-understand and actionable information.


  • Citi Fitness: Promoting a Culture of Health

    By Lori Zimmerman, Corporate Medical Director, Citi and Megan Grabel, Health Promotion Manager, Citi September 12, 2013 04:46 PM

    Physical inactivity is a reality that busy working professionals face every day. Since many of Citi's employees are desk-based, we supply a variety of fitness and health education programs to encourage them to pursue heart-healthy activities. In fact, Citi was nationally recognized with a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Company Award in 2011 and 2012. The award is given to "extraordinary" employers who go above and beyond in promoting workplace health and represented an improvement over our Gold Level award in 2010.

    Citi's Global Fitness Challenge

    In efforts to address the everyday risks associated with sedentary lifestyles and encourage our employees to get fit, Citi has developed initiatives such as the Citi Global Fitness Challenge. Citi's Global Fitness Challenge was launched in October of 2012 and the response has been phenomenal: 45,000 employees from 97 countries participated.


  • A Student's Story: Improving Undergraduate Knowledge of and Interest in Banking

    By Cheong Por Yee, Student, Citi Banking 101 Foundational Program September 05, 2013 04:52 PM

    We noticed that many new college graduates who came in to interview with Citi Singapore could not distinguish between the various businesses and functions in banking. That got us can we help them progress their interest in making banking their career? Since Citi is the largest banking employer and 2nd largest private sector employer in Singapore, we felt we could and should contribute to ensuring a pipeline of young talent for our company and the industry.

    So with the help from colleagues who are business experts, our team in Human Resources developed a comprehensive two-week program specifically for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing careers in banking.

    Did the program equip undergraduates with fundamental knowledge of banking and progress their interest in banking as a career? One student, Cheong Por Yee, shared his experience with the Citi Banking 101 Program and provides advice to youth looking to start a career in banking.

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  • Citi Employee's 2013 Wireless Drop-off Campaign/Partnered with e-Cycle Donates to Three Charities

    By Irene Blake, Coordinator of Citi’s Wireless Drop-off Campaign August 22, 2013 11:48 AM

    This year, Citi's annual Wireless Drop-off Campaign engaged a new partner recycler, e-Cycle, resulting in the most successful campaign to date! Citi continues to hold a drive each year to collect wireless devices employees no longer use. Devices are shipped to the recycler, appraised, and a portion of their value is then donated to charities selected by Citi. The drive is an important element of Citi's Sustainable Technology program, a commitment to responsible asset management through recycling and our desire for active involvement in the communities where we work and live.

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  • Urban Ingenuity Series: This Big City

    By Joe Peach, Founder and Editor in Chief of This Big City August 13, 2013 12:20 PM

    Cities across the world are rapidly shifting their development strategies to adapt to the new global and local economic and demographic realities. As the Founder and Editor in Chief of This Big City--an online publication sharing ideas and encouraging discussion about sustainable cities--I've seen, through research and interviews, that in addition to the economic and population challenges, inequality, system management and migration are three challenges cities across the world increasingly face.

    Inequality--Inequality is still prevalent, and goes far beyond gentrification. For instance, do all citizens have access to the same resources? Are poor neighborhoods as well-served by public transport as more affluent areas? If not, how can we expand existing infrastructure to ensure no one is left behind?

    System management--Building density into existing systems is another challenge. How can public transport and the built environment adjust to increasing urban populations?

    Migration--Migration is likely to become a bigger issue in the future, especially as our climate continues to change and people are drawn to more habitable and successful regions.

    The biggest single challenge facing cities, and indeed the world, is how to manage all of these challenges in a sustainable manner. A solution can only be right if it is sustainable. And one way to get to such solutions: creativity.

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  • Increasing Crop Yields and Incomes for Smallholder Farmers in Africa

    By Martin Fisher, Co-Founder and CEO, KickStart International August 09, 2013 02:40 PM

    Irrigation has tremendous potential to increase productivity, raise income levels for smallholder farmers in Africa, and provide a sustainable solution to the rural poor's most important need - a way to consistently earn money. Reliable crop watering methods and innovative tools can mean the difference between break-even sustenance farming and an income-producing livelihood.

    Last week, KickStart announced a collaboration between Citi and the Skoll Foundation that will enable our organization to scale our efforts to alleviate poverty. A working capital loan to KickStart, the first from Citi directed to the social enterprise sector, will boost the capacity of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, where farm yields are among the lowest in the world. Crucial support from the Skoll Foundation made the arrangement possible.


  • In Sioux Falls, Citi Marks 20 Years as a Leader in Affordable Housing

    By Mary Entinger, Executive Director, CitiHousing, Inc. August 02, 2013 10:12 AM

    Access to safe, stable and affordable housing is a key component of livable communities. And while that work is ongoing, yesterday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Citi CEO Mike Corbat joined local employees and partners to celebrate CitiHousing's 20-year record of innovative community problem-solving for low- and moderate-income families, our seniors, the homeless and people with disabilities.

    Since 1993, CitiHousing has been increasing both the quantity and the quality of affordable housing here in South Dakota. The organization has provided more than $119 million in equity funding, helping to build or renovate nearly 2,700 units of affordable housing in Sioux Falls and 16 other local communities. Thanks to CitiHousing and the commitment of our partners in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors - many of whom joined us today - hundreds of South Dakota families now have the kind of housing they need and deserve.

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  • Washington Abuzz with Citi Open Tennis Tournament

    By Candi Wolff, EVP and Head of Global Government Affairs, Citi July 30, 2013 09:50 AM

    The Citi Open tennis tournament kicked off this past weekend, and Washington is enjoying some exciting tennis action! Citi is proud to once again sponsor this renowned tournament, which has become a summer sports staple in the DC-area for the past 45 years. And the 2013 Citi Open tournament promises to be the best yet.

    First and foremost, the Citi Open tennis tournament offers world renowned tennis as one of only 11 elite Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour 500-level events worldwide and the only one held in the United States. In addition, the Citi Open tournament features a Women's Tennis Association (WTA) International Tournament, which provides fans the opportunity to watch simultaneous competitions of men's, women's, and doubles' tennis throughout the event.

    The Citi Open tournament features plenty of off-the-court fun, including food and wine tastings, events celebrating military, veterans, first responders, and their families, a chef challenge, prizes, and more.

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  • Vélib' - A Success Story on Bike-Sharing in Paris

    By Albert Asseraf, Vice President of Strategy, Research and Marketing at JCDecaux July 22, 2013 03:10 PM

    Note: This is part of a series featuring 2012 FT/Citi Ingenuity Award winners. Vélib' won in the infrastructure category.

    Vélib' is the world's third-largest bike-sharing program, the largest outside of China, offering a way to experience the "City of Light" on two wheels. Launched in Paris in 2007, Vélib' is now widely regarded not just as a business success, but also as a social phenomenon and is credited with inspiring other major European cities to start their own bike-shares.

    However, the bike-sharing concept is not new. JCDecaux, the company behind Vélib', first inaugurated the self-service bicycle rental system in Vienna in 2003, it was followed by several other European self-service bike projects before Vélib' launched six years ago. Our service is now widely spread, with bikes available in Dublin, Seville, Brussels, and even as far as Toyama in Japan.


  • Reflecting on Service: Pearson Buell Shares "Pay it Forward" Volunteer Efforts

    By Pearson Buell, St. Louis, MO June 27, 2013 12:29 PM

    In connection with Global Community Day this past weekend, Citi employees are sharing their stories on volunteerism and how they've made an impact in their local communities. Pearson Buell, a Citi volunteer and a Vice President within Consumer Operations & Technology at Citi, shares several experiences he had last year, from developing a unique "pay it forward" campaign to creating a free sailing clinic that helps young people develop life skills.

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