Our goal is to have a meaningful, positive and measurable impact on society, the environment and the economy. RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships, environmental initiatives and employee volunteer activities.
Watch: Our commitment to our communities in Europe in 2020
At RBC, we are committed to helping young people reach their full potential. Our employees are passionate about volunteering their time and energy to provide support and opportunities - whether it’s to help open doors, overcome ill health or disadvantage, or realise their academic, athletic or entrepreneurial ambitions. RBC is here to support young people in creating a more positive future.
This inclusive 5km fun run is part of a series of 17 RBC Race for the Kids events globally, each supporting local children's charities.
RBC has been the title sponsor of RBC Race for the Kids in London since 2010. The beautiful surrounds of Hyde Park are now home to this inclusive event which has raised over £3 million for Great Ormond Street Hospital. In 2019, more than 10,000 people took part, making the London Race the largest in the world.
Also in 2019, over 5,000 runners took part in RBC Race for the Kids in Luxembourg raising over €295,000 for the Kannerhaus Jean Therapy Centre, and over 1,000 participants took part in the first RBC Race for the Kids in Jersey, raising funds for Mind Jersey.
In 2020 RBC Race for the Kids went virtual, and global, with over 30,000 participants taking part around the world, collectively raising CAD$8 million for 36 youth-focused charities. In Europe, participants raised funds for Die Arche, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Imagine for Margo and Mind Jersey.
RBC’s annual Charity Day for the Kids event is a celebration of our commitment to children and youth. Launched in 2015 on our New York trading floor, RBC Charity Day for the Kids spread across North America and to London two years later.
In 2018, the event went global, spanning 23 trading locations and we donated US$3.3 million to 44 youth charities across the regions.
In 2020 and 2021 the event moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing a day of philanthropy and volunteerism celebrations straight to our employees’ homes. In 2021 US$5 million was donated to over 50 youth-focused charities globally, with 12 charities benefitting from a total donation of US$1.3 million in Europe.
We have partnered with UK charity SportsAid since 2014 to help bring young athletes’ dreams to life. Each year we sponsor 50 up-and-coming British athletes from disabled and non-disabled disciplines.
RBC colleagues volunteer their time to become ‘buddies’, offering personal support and encouragement to these sporting stars of the future. We also provide our Team RBC athletes and their parents with workshop sessions where they get to learn valuable skills that will help them progress both as athletes and young people. This partnership emulates RBC’s Olympic Athlete and Training Ground programmes in Canada.
SportsAid’s patron is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.
Founded in 2010, the RBC Academy provides learning and work experience opportunities for students from inner-London boroughs, enabling them to learn more about RBC and careers in financial services.
This initiative started in London and RBC Academies have now successfully launched in Canada and the US.
Colleagues based at RBC’s offices in Frankfurt engage with local charity Die Arche which helps socially disadvantaged children across Germany.
Our support includes sponsorship of the annual ‘Sommerfest’ where colleagues volunteer to help at the event. The team have also arranged group visits to the zoo, and donated gifts at Christmas to children who use Die Arche’s local facilities.
Founded in 1976, The Prince’s Trust supports thousands of vulnerable young people as they strive to get their lives on track. RBC partners with the charity in Canada and the UK.
Locally, we support the Enterprise programme, giving hundreds of young entrepreneurs the guidance and mentoring they need to make their business ventures a success. Colleagues further support these young people through a variety of volunteering opportunities offered by The Trust.
RBC supports Ronald McDonald House Charities globally and here in London colleagues have regularly volunteered since 2015. These vital facilities enable families with sick children undergoing treatment to be together in incredibly difficult circumstances. The RBC London team donate Christmas hampers and toys in addition to raising tens of thousands of pounds through challenge events. They also volunteer directly in the Houses, regularly serving dinner to the families, gardening and decorating the House facilities.
At RBC, we recognize the impact we have on the communities in which we live and work. The RBC Climate Blueprint is our strategy to accelerate clean economic growth and support our clients in the low-carbon transition.
RBC Tech For Nature brings to life the fifth pillar of our RBC Climate Blueprint. Launched in 2019 by the RBC Foundation, it is our multi-year commitment, working with partners globally to leverage technology and innovation capabilities to solve pressing environmental challenges. Our RBC Tech for Nature partners in Europe are Thames21, WWF-UK and University of Oxford.
Since 2018, RBC and ZSL have worked together to execute an innovative socio-ecological project in London. Together, RBC and ZSL are working to improve the health of London’s rivers as a biodiversity-rich ecosystem through innovative technology and conservation programmes.
To support their #OneLess Campaign, RBC staff regularly volunteer to help control the levels of discarded single-use plastics that enter the ecosystem of the capital’s waterways.
RBC has a longstanding partnership with Thames21 and in 2020 made an RBC Tech for Nature donation to the charity. This donation will support the creation of a new online educational programme for secondary school students that connects them with their local waterway and enables them to develop an understanding of water management issues in London.
RBC employees will have several opportunities to support the programme through volunteering their time and skills.
The two-year partnership between RBC and Earthwatch enabled the expansion of the FreshWater Watch programme to Luxembourg, Paris and Dublin. The programme supports communities by safeguarding the quality and supply of fresh water, using simple but robust citizen science techniques. Through training given by Earthwatch scientists and local university partners, RBC employees are equipped with the knowledge and resources to conduct regular water-monitoring activities locally including annual ‘WaterBlitzes’.
RBC have made an RBC Tech For Nature donation to Oxford University’s World Weather Attribution (WWA) project. This donation will support the charity in their international effort to analyse and communicate the possible influence of climate change on extreme weather events such as storms, extreme rainfall, heatwaves, cold spells, and droughts.
Climate change affects all communities and sectors of the economy. The RBC Climate Blueprint is our strategy to accelerate clean economic growth and support our clients in the low-carbon transition.
Investing in the arts is a long-standing priority at RBC. We believe the arts play an important role in building vibrant communities and strong economies. We support organisations and artists across a range of genres – including music, visual arts, theatre and film – to help enrich our communities, promote cross-cultural exchange of ideas, and develop talent among emerging artists.
RBC is the Principal Partner of this iconic, over 200 year old London theatre and our support directly enables more artistic output and varied programming than ever before. Since 2015, we have supported over 30 main stage productions, 18 of which were world premieres with 17 transferring to the West End and Broadway.
In addition, RBC supports Take the Lead, the theatre’s free employability programme; Curtain Up, an inclusive community project; Your Old Vic, a free-to-access programme of artistic and educational content; Old Vic: In Camera and In Camera: Playback, a series of socially distanced performances streamed live from the Old Vic stage whilst the theatre is closed; and most recently became Principal Partner of The Old Vic’s Emerging Talent Programme, nurturing the theatre makers of tomorrow.
Our partnership also celebrates the theatre’s historical Canadian links - the late Canadian businessman and philanthropist Ed Mirvish, who saved the theatre in 1982.
Since 2014, RBC has been the Principal Partner of Masterpiece London, the world's leading ‘cross-discipline’ art fair, offering stunning works of art, furniture, jewellery and design – from almost every culture and every period in history.
It is an event that appeals to lovers of art and complete beginners alike and has become the must-attend event for collectors, exhibitors and curators in the art and auction world.
In 2020 and 2021, Masterpiece Online was created – an online iteration providing a digital sales platform for its exhibitors, supported by a fantastic online programme of public talks and private events with key figures from the art world.
In addition, as part of RBC’s Emerging Artists Project, we have partnered with Masterpiece and Sotheby’s Institute of Art to launch an online educational series, Deconstructing the Art World for Emerging Artists. Available from Autumn 2021, the series is designed to provide an introductory level of art market and commercial literacy to support emerging artists as they build their careers.
Take the Lead is an innovative scheme that will inspire and equip young people with key skills to unlock their full potential. RBC is committed to promoting and investing in young people’s skills for the future and through our partnership with The Old Vic, we can use theatre as a way of building confidence and positive communication skills. Take the Lead is free and open to any students aged between 15 and 18 years old. The Old Vic aims to work with 40 schools and up to 1,000 students each year.Read More
In 2020 the RBC Emerging Artists Project was launched in Europe. Starting in Canada in 2007, the RBC Emerging Artists Project is an initiative dedicated to supporting the careers and development of emerging artists, through mentoring programmes, education and exposure to new audiences.
The Old Vic and The BRIT School were announced as the first beneficiaries outside of Canada. RBC is the Principal Partner of The Old Vic’s Emerging Talent Programme which consists of three components: The Old Vic 12 (OV12), The Baylis Director and Assistant Directors and OV Connect. The RBC Emerging Artists Programme in partnership with The BRIT School supports the School’s online platform – BRIT Now – that showcases the developing talent of their 1400+ student community.Read more about the RBC Emerging Artists Project.
Diversity and inclusion is more than just a value, it’s our strength and it’s one of the ways we bring RBC’s purpose of helping clients thrive and communities prosper to life. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made, we’re motivated by what’s still to come and we know we have work to do. The Black Lives Matters movement in the US has turned into a global reckoning for governments and corporations on the topic of race and equality. We have been looking at our own practices and pausing to consider what impact we can make within RBC with regard to race, our Black and BAME employees, and within the Black and wider community. We will update this page as our initial ideas and efforts crystallise in the coming months.
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Our Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) are cross-business and self-coordinating groups open to all, who bring together employees of all levels who share a common identity, characteristic and set of interests. In the British Isles, the ERG networks provide professional communities for women, BAME employees, LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer +) individuals, working parents and carers as well as our early talent population. They are a great vehicle for creating a more inclusive, cohesive culture and for connecting with other colleagues. Learn more at www.rbc.com/diversity-inclusion/
This group aims to facilitate the career progression of women by providing networking and professional and personal development, as well as encouraging men to join as allies to advocate for a work environment where all employees have equal opportunities to grow, succeed and achieve their full potential.
The Multicultural Employee Alliance (MEA) is focused on creating a workplace where all employees can thrive, irrespective of race, nationality, ethnicity, heritage, culture, religion, belief and whether they are a person of faith or not.
This employee resource group was created to bridge the gap between current and future leaders within RBC with the main goal is to unite, strengthen and retain young talent at RBC. RFuture is based on four pillars: RSkills (enhancing the intellectual capital), RConnect (connect all businesses and levels together), RLiving (explore topics to create a healthier workforce) and RCommunity (giving back to the community).
The PRIDE network’s key objective is to empower all RBC employees to bring their whole selves to work. They do so by raising awareness and providing education on LGBTQ issues to build a deeper understanding of the LGBTQ employee and client experience. They also help to attract and retain LGBTQ and allied talent by providing broad support and a strong sense of community.
i-CARE is dedicated to provide informal support to all employees on topics such as child and elder care, balancing work and personal life as well as sustaining positive mental health and well-being.
As an organisation, RBC recognizes the importance of physical and mental health, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through charitable donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. We sponsor and host our own participation challenge events and encourage colleagues and clients to test themselves as they raise money for good causes.
RBC became Presenting Partner of this award-winning Half Marathon in London’s iconic Royal Parks in 2017.
Established in 2008, the event has become the second largest mass-participation fundraising event in the UK and 150,000+ runners have raised over £50 million for over 1,000 charities.
RBC Ride for the Kids unites colleagues, clients and former Olympians and Paralympians through cycling and raises funds for SportsAid. In 2018, 47 Team RBC’ers completed a 170-mile journey from London to Bruges via Holland in two days and raised £60,000 and in 2019, 58 cyclists tackled a London to Brussels ride, raising over £80,000. The 2020 edition became a one-day virtual ride due to the Covid-19 pandemic with over 70 participants cycling one of three distances in their local area, collectively raising over £65,000 for SportsAid.
This donation will fund a series of national workshops for hundreds of SportsAid athletes on all aspects of physical and mental well-being. Globally, we sponsor three RBC Gran Fondo events in Whistler, Silicon Valley and Houston.