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.
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.
RBC's annual Charity Day for the Kids event is a celebration of our commitment to children and youth. Since launching in 2015, this initiative has benefitted more than 130 charity partners with over US$30.2 million in total donations.
RBC Charity Day for the Kids began in 2015 on our New York trading floor, expanding across North America and to London two years later. In 2018, the event went global, spanning 23 trading locations.
In 2023, US$5 million was donated to over 60 youth-focused charities globally, with 15 charities benefitting from a total donation of US$1.3 million in Europe.
RBC Race for the Kids is a global phenomenon with 24 annual family fun runs around the world. Over 360,000 participants have raised C$83 million for youth charities since 2009.
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 5km event which has raised over £9.5 million for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. In 2019, more than 10,000 people took part, making the London Race the largest in the world.
In 2020 and 2021 RBC Race for the Kids went virtual, and global, with 65,000 participants taking part around the world, collectively raising CAD$16 million for 42 youth-focused charities.
In 2023, 7,000 participants took part in RBC Race for the Kids in London and raised over £900k for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
Learn more about the global Race series here.
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.
GOSH is RBC's main charity partner in the UK and we have raised and donated more than £5 million to date.
The Royal Bank of Canada Neurosciences Unit opened in 2018 and in 2022 we celebrated the opening of Royal Bank of Canada House, a refurbished home away from home providing free accommodation for families with a child in intensive care at GOSH. Our focus now is on supporting the Children's Cancer Centre, the most ambitious capital raising campaign by GOSH in their 171 year history.
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.
RBC and its employees have raised over £1 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK since the partnership began.
We have partnered with UK charity SportsAid since 2014 to help bring young athletes' dreams to life and over that time have raised and donated over £1 million. 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.
Sur les bancs de l'école has been RBC's Race charity partner in France since 2020.
Founded in 2008, Sur les bancs de l'école provides a wide range of support to families of children with autism and more broadly Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Colleagues in the Paris office organise pizza parties for the children and their families to come together.
RBC has been supporting Teenage Cancer Trust since 2017 and has donated over £825k to date. Employees regularly volunteer and fundraise for the charity.
Founded in 1976, The Prince's Trust supports thousands of vulnerable young people as they strive to get their lives on track and RBC partners with the charity in the UK, US and Canada.
RBC has supported The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme since 2019, giving over £800,000 in corporate donations and employee giving, as well as providing 1,000+ volunteer hours. Over the past five years, RBC has helped 312 entrepreneurs realise their potential by turning their business ideas into reality.
At RBC, we recognize the impact we have on the communities in which we live and work. The RBC Climate Blueprint is our global 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 as a multi-year commitment, RBC Tech for Nature has brought together more than 125 organisations to protect our natural ecosystem through tech-based community investments totaling over $27 million.
Blue Marine Foundation is dedicated to restoring the ocean to health by addressing overfishing, one of the world's biggest environmental problems.
With support from RBC to develop The Sea we Breathe into a XR experience, turning this tool into a global platform, Blue Marine aims to stay current and explore education methods which blur traditional boundaries, while keeping strong conservation messaging at their core. Over the next three years Blue Education is looking to roll out a series of EdTech Initiatives to inspire and enable people of all ages to become champions and stewards of the ocean.
Since 2018, RBC and ZSL have worked together to improve the health of London's rivers as a biodiversity-rich ecosystem through innovative technology and conservation programs.
Regular Team RBC volunteer activities, guided by ZSL, help control the levels of discarded single-use plastics that enter the ecosystem of the capital's waterways. In 2019, Team RBCers removed over 6,000 plastic bottles from the River Thames as part of the #OneLess Campaign.
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.
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
Launched in 2021, the RBC Emerging Artists Project in partnership with The BRIT School is a ground-breaking programme that reaches every corner of the School. Together, we support final year projects and events across the performing and creative arts, both live and digital, as the BRIT students fine-tune their craft, develop their skills and prepare for the future.
RBC are proud to be sponsors of CCAI Galleries International Summer Exhibition's Summer Prize, and to have introduced the RBC Emerging Artist Prize.
The Summer Exhibition, now in its seventh year, continues to be a highlight of the cultural calendar on Jersey. Open to Jersey based emerging and established artists alike, the exhibition is based on the Royal Academy Summer Show and boasts an exciting line up of internationally acclaimed judges. All visual art forms are welcome, including original prints, paintings, drawings, architecture, sculpture, film and photography.
The winning piece of artwork from the exhibition is awarded the Summer Prize - a solo exhibition at the gallery. The RBC Emerging Artist Prize, is a grant of £1,000 awarded to the winner of the Summer Prize to further the artist's pursuit of their work and to go towards producing artwork for their solo exhibition.
Enable an inclusive culture that supports innovation, productivity and well-being
RBC's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) bring colleagues together and provide a resource to help them develop both personally and professionally. We find that they are a great vehicle for creating a more inclusive, cohesive culture and for connecting with other colleagues, clients and the community. In Europe we are proud to have four very active ERGS:
RWomen is our gender network whose mission is to promote gender diversity and inclusion at RBC through advocacy and awareness, community involvement, ongoing education, and networking opportunities.
MOSAIC promotes an inclusive workforce to enable everyone to thrive - irrespective of race, nationality, ethnicity, religion or educational background - and to support RBC's strategic priorities and collective ambition by leveraging our diverse cultural strengths.
LGBTQ+ & allies
RBC Pride is an Employee Resource Group whose aim is to support the LGBTQ+ community and allies, and to promote RBC's strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We serve as a forum for LGBTQ+ employees and allies.
Caregivers, working families & persons with disabilities
i-Care Europe is an inclusive community to enhance the lives and effectiveness of all RBC employees by supporting their needs and challenges in all facets of life, and advocating for all individuals to create an inclusive workplace. iCare Europe support working parents and carers, persons with disabilities (visible and non-visible) and help to activate RBC's wellness priorities for all colleagues.
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 Half is the second largest mass-participation fundraising event in the UK and has raised nearly £65 million for over 1,200 charities.