"Help others in order to help yourself"
AO Raiffeisenbank, along with the entire Raiffeisen Group, has always paid a great deal of attention to Corporate Responsibility programmes. Raiffeisenbank is more than just a major financial institution. It is also a team of more than 9,000 highly qualified professionals. The bank’s corporate responsibility arises from team members’ sense of citizenship and from each employee’s inherent desire to be a part of sustainable development in the community. Here are the principles that reflect the core values of Raiffeisenbank’s team.
Raiffeisenbank’s responsibility to the community is reflected in following fundamental business principles:
Openness and transparency in relations with partners, customers, employees and authorities are the top priority for AO Raiffeisenbank. The bank’s disclosure of information about operations makes it possible to fairly assess risk and make decisions on long-term investment and partnership. The Bank strictly complies with the requirements of Russian law, and pays its taxes on time and in full.
Responsible Employer’s Status
AO Raiffeisenbank is a responsible employer with more than 9,000 employees, provides them with good working conditions and offers a competitive benefits and compensation package. The bank has developed and constantly updates personnel training and advancement programmes. Being committed to enhancing social protection for its employees, Raiffeisenbank maintains a corporate pension package.
Support to Unprotected Population
AO Raiffeisenbank manages a wide-ranging philanthropic programme, both federally and locally.
Raiffeisenbank is advancing its charitable work along the following lines:
- eldery people;
- WWII participants and veterans.
Methods of implementing the Bank’s philanthropic policy.
Response to incoming assistance requests from companies or individuals
The Bank carefully reviews all of the assistance requests we receive from external agencies (by facsimile, e-mail and ordinary mail). Assistance is provided only in given categories, based on accepted criteria.
The Helping Together! Programme
Raiffeisenbank places great emphasis on employee involvement in its charitable activities. Thanks to the Helping Together! Corporate programme, each employee is able to make his/her personal contribution to the common cause.
As part of the package, individual contributions are collected from bank employees. The bank then matches the total amount. An important part of getting a project into the Helping Together! programme is engagement on the part of bank employees, for example, as volunteers. If the donations are insufficient, the bank contributes the remaining amount needed.
Working in concert with charitable foundations and other non-for-profit companies
Eligibility criteria for organisations seeking our support:
- possession of certificates/licenses/other documents that authorise an organisation to perform its functions within the Russian Federation;
- corporate operations must be transparent, and the organisation must have financial reports on hand and be ready to provide a detailed report on expenditures at any time;
- a solid reputation.
Engagement in Projects Aimed at Sustainable Development of the Whole of Society
The Bank’s sponsorship programme covers the three components:
- Support to outstanding cultural initiatives
- Support for eldery people.
Project selection criteria:
- A project’s fit within our categories (described below)
- Highly professional preparation for the project
- The project’s impact
- Management and production quality
- Possibility of participation in drafting the sponsorship package
Arts and Culture
In the area of arts and culture sponsorships, Raiffeisenbank sees its mission:
- support for innovative initiatives in the the context of Russian culture;
- support of innovative projects outside the cultural establishment/mainstream with strong organisation and significance for the development of culture and society.
This year our main partners and key projects in each category were chosen in advance; we are continuing to review new proposals and applications, selecting some of these in exceptional cases.
Our regional sponsorship policy requires projects to conform with our mission and categories, taking into account applications’ specific regional nature.
- New music. Preference is given to musicians representing alternative trends in musical art including: baroque, jazz, and contemporary independent music. Among them, preference is given to those who are defining the current musical environments in Europe and Russia.
- Theatre. Plays, opera and ballet, theatrical festivals. Preferred projects are those related to the development of local theatre or projects with a well-defined local component.
- Fine arts. Innovative projects related to high-level graphic and media arts; projects related to Austrian arts.
- Film. Project and festivals for full-scale, small-scale and animated films intended to acquaint Russian viewers with European and global cinematic trends; offering exchanges of experiences between Russian and foreign filmmakers.
Cultural projects of Raiffeisenbank in 2014:
- In January, St. Florian Boys Choir, one of the most famous ensembles in Austria, visited Russia, presenting their extensive Christmas programme. The Moscow audience had an opportunity to see them perform at International House of Music. The second concert was held at Kaluga Regional Philarmonia. Then the choir had a concert under the dome of a Chernoostrovskoy Convent of Maloyaroslavets.
- In February, Eduard Kutrowatz, famous Austrian pianist, gave a concert in Novosibirsk jointly with Siberian choir ensemble, Markell’s Voices, with the program entitled «A Russian Journey» includes pieces written for piano, choir, solo voices and the narrator. It presents the vast variety of pieces created by composers like: Haydn, Liszt, Takács, Walter Franz, Herwig Reiter and Eduard Kutrowatz, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Sergei Taneyev, Stravinsky and Andrei Petrov; between folk songs from the Burgenland and Hungary, and songs from Siberia, Georgia and Russia.
- In February, an exhibition presenting the landscapes of Pannonia in vibrant colors by Austrian painter Hermine Kracher, was held in Novosibirsk. A cycle of paintings was a great inspiration by visiting the unique cultural landscape of Neusiedler See National Park — natural paradise of rare beauty. The captions, details and impressions showcase the magic of the lake landscape and highlight the bright burning glow of the sun in the Burgenland — all transposed to the midst of the Siberian winter in Novosibirsk.
- In April, Raiffeisenbank was the general sponsor of Australian Film Festival, first event of such a large scale which was held during one month. The Festival programme was divided into four parts. The first part was dedicated to Russian premieres of new Austrian films. The second part was an Austrian cinema retrospective programme, which included films picked by major modern Austrian directors. The third part included documentary film screenings. The fourth part of the festival — experimental movies — was opened with the presentation of the book «Seidl. Methode» written by Zara Abdullaeva, dedicated to the outstanding Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, who personally visited the Russian capital.
- In April, «Blubb. Stories to Dip Into» play was shown to the youngest audience of Yaroslavl. This production brings to life all the things children are familiar with (their playrooms, books, cuddly toys). Together with the children, the three performers embark on a personal journey through an ordinary day. The Toihaus Theatre is Europe’s leading exponent of theatre for the very youngest. The focus of its children’s productions is dance and live music. The stories told are particularly sensitive, designed to inspire children to discover «the new».
- In May, the first joint project of Chris Haring, Andreas Berger and Ballet Moscow Theatre under the name of Frozen Laugh was successfully presented to the Moscow public. This is a surgical examination of one of the most curious human emotions — laugh. The dancers take a very close look at this surprising phenomenon. Frozen Laugh is a mixed performance, where movement, sound, pause and silence create the most complicated sensations.
- In May, Raiffeisenbank supported a Moscow tour of new performance artists from Vienna, a team of eccentric painters GELITIN, presenting Die Tusovka Runde project. The premiere of twenty new art objects created by this contemporary multi-genre art lab was the flagship event of the All-Russian Night in Museum Project. Besides, GELITIN became the official creators of the event’s logo, which was done in their own unique and ironic way.
- In June, with the support or Raiffeisenbank, the fifth Vienna Music Film Festival in a open-air format was held in Yekaterinburg. The festival was kicked-off on June 24 with a live concert of Marcus Schirmer, famous Austrian pianist, and Stanislav Schvets, winner of many singing contests, accompanied by the Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra. The unique venue for this became the square in front of the Ural Federal University.
- In October, An Austrian Film Week was held in St.Petersburg, under the initiative and support of Raiffeisenbank, on October 21-28. During one week, at Kino&Teatr, Angleterre Hotel, the public had a chance to see the Russian premieres of Austrian films as well as the best works of Austrian directors of 2013-2014.
- In November, the Great Hall of Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, under support of AO Raiffeisenbank, hosted a performance of the Chamber Orchestra of Vienna Concert Association. The programme included the following pieces: Symphony No. 40, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Cello Concerto No.1, Joseph Haydn, and Symphony No.5, Franz Schubert. The performance was directed by Thomas Rösner (Austria), cello solo — Anastasia Kobekina (Russia). The Chamber Orchestra of Vienna Concert Association was established in 1987 by the musicians of the famous Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
- In December, under support of Raiffeisenbank, the book Bankers Who Changed the World was published. Successful credit organizations have always been headed by adventurous and interesting people. For the most part, they managed to leave an imprint in the world’s banking history due to their exceptional uniqueness. This book describes the life stories of the world’s most famous bankers including the lives of two persons, who played a major part in creation, establishment and progress of Raiffeisenbank: first, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, who played a crucial role in creation and operation of Raiffeisenbank as a credit organization, and second, Herbert Stepic. Under his wise and professional guidance, Raiffeisen Group managed to firmly establish itself at the financial Olympus of Central and Eastern Europe.