We believe in the power of partnership to achieve common goals. Within the firm, this means combining forces across businesses, regions and divisions. Beyond our organization, it means interacting in the spirit of partnership with clients, suppliers and the communities in which we operate, to build lasting value.
We strive to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit among our colleagues, but this does not mean that we go it alone. We believe in the unique contribution every individual can make. We are a team, and every member counts. It is up to each of us to create an inclusive environment, such that colleagues from all levels and backgrounds can contribute the full extent of their ability to the team. This does not imply that we must always agree with each other. Indeed, healthy challenge is often key to a collegial process that delivers results. By being open and flexible, we help our teams move forward. We can offer different points of view in a constructive way that encourages dialogue and leads to better outcomes.
Collaboration is a key part of how we deliver our strategy and make a difference. It is about us working seamlessly as one team to bring together the whole of the bank to create great solutions for our clients. This is our competitive strength. We work together across businesses and geographies to deliver our breadth of expertise to clients and stakeholders. It is our firm belief that as a team we can deliver more value than any individual ever could.
Respect is at the core of how we treat each other at Credit Suisse: how we speak to people; how we respond; how we act. It does not matter whether we are engaging with senior managers, junior colleagues or external stakeholders such as regulators, community leaders and civil society – respect is fundamental to how we interact with others. We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation or bullying of any kind. We also value empathy. Understanding our colleagues, their perspective and context, builds trust and allows us to function better as a group.