At Credit Suisse, we believe in meritocracy: an environment where people achieve success based on what they do – and not because of their background or connections.
As a leading global wealth manager and investment bank, our clients and stakeholders demand excellence. We strive to deliver it. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in everything we do and say – in all facets of our work, whether that be the effort we put in or the results we achieve. As part of this, we ensure we keep accurate records of our business activities and maintain effective controls and monitoring whenever confidential and sensitive information is transferred.
We strive to create an environment in which people can succeed based on their merit – and merit alone. We regularly assess our policies to ensure this is the case. However, it is up to each of us to put those policies into practice in our everyday working environment – it comes down to individual behaviors and how we treat each other.
All of us can recognize outstanding performance. It is important to us that those contributing most are given opportunities to advance their careers and are properly rewarded. In recognizing performance, we show appreciation and give credit where it is due.
By demonstrating our engagement for our clients and all our stakeholders, all employees have an opportunity to deliver outstanding results. We drive engagement by creating an environment where everyone can and wants to contribute to their fullest potential. As credible leaders we express, and more importantly live up to, our values day by day.
Meritocracy is grounded in the concept of fairness and making sure our people get access to equal opportunity in the workplace. For some, particularly under-represented people, barriers to participation do exist in society. We support and encourage all our people to speak up when they experience or see these barriers, so that we can address them and enable access to equal opportunity. We assess our processes – from how we hire, promote and compensate our people, to the opportunities available – and take the necessary steps to reduce inequity. We need to level the playing field so everyone can thrive. Have the courage to call out any barriers to equity if you notice them – be an upstander not a bystander.