Global Reach, Local Impact
In 2017, employees participated in service opportunities in their local communities across 92 cities in 52 countries and regions. The philanthropy and engagement team’s work strengthens the company’s core values of diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and wellness. Programs across Bloomberg L.P. work in alignment with Bloomberg Philanthropies to support the arts, education, the environment, human services, and public health.
“I’m so proud to be able to work alongside people who are committed to positive change and a better community.”
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Bloomberg Startup is the company’s global mentoring program. Designed and led by Bloomberg employees in collaboration with nonprofit partners, the program supports academic achievement and prepares students for further education and future careers, especially in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics).
In its third year, the program has grown to include more than 3,650 employee mentors volunteering at workshops in 40 cities across the globe, including Cape Town, South Africa; London, United Kingdom; Lugano, Switzerland; Pune, India; San Francisco, California, United States; Singapore; and Washington, D.C., United States.
In 2017, in honor of Bloomberg’s 35th anniversary, the company supported the Bloomberg Startup’s 35 Scholars program to provide funding for college to 35 high-achieving, lower-income students from around the world. The scholarships are funded thanks to 110 employee volunteers who designated their Dollars for Your Hours to the program. This effort provides grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer on a regular basis.
In 2017, Bloomberg created a pilot career and workplace readiness program with the Fortune Society, establishing a fellowship for justice-involved individuals returning to the workforce. The Bloomberg-Fortune Work Fellows Program consists of a 12-week position at Bloomberg providing 11 Fortune Society alumni with the opportunity to develop professional skills, expand their professional networks, and build confidence.
The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa is a program designed to build media capacity, convene international leaders, and improve access to information in order to advance transparency, accountability, and governance across Africa. The initiative provides financial journalism training and fellowships to mid-career professionals and convenes forums across Africa to examine global media best practices and stimulate innovations in media.
In 2017, the initiative reached a milestone of 568 journalism, business, and government professionals trained on the fundamentals of business reporting. The year ended with the third Africa Business Media Innovators forum, held in Accra, Ghana. The forum brought together media, business, and technology leaders from 21 countries and featured a keynote address by the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo.
“Our company’s spirit of service and giving back is such an important part of our culture. In 2017, we did more than ever — helping those in need, protecting the environment, and volunteering on a wide variety of other community-based efforts. We also helped inspire the next generation of leaders through mentoring and education initiatives that are part of Bloomberg Startup. We set a record for volunteer hours, and we’re looking forward to doing even more in the years ahead.”