This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
84 BANKING & FINANCE Triodos


programmes, microfinance and volunteering and report that in 2010, 21% of its staff participated in the bank’s volunteering programmes. And in its Sustainability Report of 2010, Santander reported that it had invested €148m in CSR. Despite the growing


Triodos seeks interns and graduates, it looks for more than would be expected in a typical interview with a financial institution. “One clear advantage would be having worked at a charity, an environmental cause, or something similar. But, even if you haven’t, you should be able to support intelligently the idea that you share our values.” While Triodos doesn’t


figures involved, there are limited opportunities for interns or graduates looking to follow a CSR career path. “We small a fair number of internships and graduate opportunities,” comments André van Esc, director of the European job board csrjobs.nl. “But they tend to be largely communications- and research-related.” He strongly advises that graduates who are interested in CSR jobs join the LinkedIn groups that related to these areas, so as to get started networking as soon as


many large companies and corporations. Most of the major banks have increased activity in this area and help fund initiatives such as educational programmes for disadvantaged children, climate change research and carbon emission reduction schemes. HSBC, for example, invested US$108 million on educational and environment-related activities in 2010. Citigroup’s ‘Corporate Citizenship’ strategy includes supporting


have a formal recruiting programme, the bank is eager to find the right interns as positions arise. “We get a lot of CVs, but we do keep them and when there is a spot for an intern, we do read through what we have on file,” says King. If CSR is what you really


want, you probably will find the most opportunities with a company that is itself dedicated to CSR, like


possible (see the Useful Links section). There are many different groups, but start in your own geographical area, as, for example, with Responsabilidade Social Corporativa, a Portuguese group. But while there aren’t many


Triodos, or the Portuguese advertising agency “a agência de sustentabilidade (An Agency for Sustainability). Or like the Norwegian financial risk manager Det Norske Veritas, whose mandate is to safeguard life, property and the environment. Marketing manager Eva Halvorsen says that DNV has internships in every aspect of their work, and that it all has a CSR component. “Assuming the candidates fit in,” Halvorsen adds. However, now that most of the major banks have a defined CSR agenda, there are increased opportunities for all who work in the sector to step up and do their bit.


CSR HAS BECOME A KEY ELEMENT OF CORPORATE STRATEGY IN MANY LARGE COMPANIES


microfinance initiatives in developing countries, as does Deutsche Bank. The latter’s CSR activities include educational


eurograduate.com


85


internships and graduate positions available, there are some choice positions to be had if you have what it takes. “It isn’t really a matter of taking certain courses at university,” explains Sarah King, head of recruitment at Triodos Bank, the Netherlands-based boutique bank which specialises in ‘making money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change’. “It’s much more a question of your own values, and how you express them.” When


Graduate Insight


Carolien Ingelaat SKIP


Carolien Ingelaat, from Arnheim, Netherlands, is a current intern at Triodos. Her work includes a wide variety of tasks in administration and communication at the organisation. Because Triodos is dedicated to socially responsible lending, almost any aspect of the intern’s role is involves at


The term ‘corporate social responsibility’ first came into usage in the 1960s and was championed by US economists such as, among many others, Howard Bowen (known to some as the ‘father of CSR’). In the 1980s, Darden School of Business in Virginia professor, R


The Turin-based Intesa SanPaolo bank is the largest in Italy, and in November 2011, it received an award from the Italian Banking Association for its CSR programme. The programme includes a project called ‘Value for Charities’, which created a website dedicated to bringing


The best place to network for CSR jobs is www.csreurope.org


To study a European master’s degree in CSR, have a look at MasterStudies.com


For information and discussion specifically on CSR, try the related


What does CSR mean?


Company profile: Intesa SanPaolo


Useful links


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89