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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 “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.


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


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

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

For information and discussion specifically on CSR, try the related

What does CSR mean?

Company profile: Intesa SanPaolo

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