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By Brian Gallagher, President & CEO, United Way Worldwide June 14, 2013 01:26 PM
On Global Community Day (June 22), Citi will work with non-profit organizations to strengthen communities around the world through volunteerism. One of our key partners is United Way. Below, Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide, talks about the organization's work and partnership with Citi and the Citi Foundation.
United Way has always been in the business of improving lives. We connect philanthropic aspiration with compelling human need, whether it's a gift from a multinational company or the generosity of an individual.
The challenge now: How do we ensure that the success we're creating is sustainable? How do we make our strategies more inclusive? And, importantly, how do we ensure that we're creating opportunities for all people in all communities?
By Patrick Brett, Managing Director, Citi For Cities May 31, 2013 12:13 PM
Citi has recently been involved in a project in Brazil that highlights how cities can become more sustainable. For three weeks in April myself and Derek Rego, from transaction banking, worked in Porto Alegre, the capital and largest city in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, with a population of around 1.5 million people.
We were invited to participate in IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge program, which has sent a team of executives (usually all from IBM), to 100 cities over the last three years. Porto Alegre's goal for our three-week project was to learn about how technology - social media, mobile and data processing - can make their city smarter (or more "cognitive" as the Mayor put it) so that decision-making is better informed, citizens are more engaged and citizens' daily lives are improved.
By Pam Flaherty, Director of Corporate Citizenship and CEO & President, the Citi Foundation May 30, 2013 12:19 PMPam Flaherty, President & Chief Executive Officer, Citi Foundation; Director, Corporate Citizenship, Citi
Throughout the month of May you've seen how environmental sustainability has become core to Citi's business success, whether it's reducing our costs and/or strengthening our relationships with clients while finding new sources of revenue. And all of this comes with the added benefit of contributing to a healthier environment. You've heard from our employees, clients, industry networks and NGO stakeholders on issues ranging from how we've reduced Citi's carbon footprint to how we manage environmental and social risks in financing palm oil production. Our progress even earned us the title of "The World's Greenest Bank" by Bloomberg Markets magazine this year.
While we've accomplished a lot, there's still much more we can do to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. Here are a couple of the things we're focused on moving forward: