Our Management & Leadership programs focus on our senior managers’ knowledge and management skills. Our employees offer their expertise to social businesses, microfinance institutions or educational institutions – be it in Germany or abroad.
Empowerment through shared competencies
Advice at eye-level
employees passed on their professional skills to community partners in 2014.
Source: Deutsche Bank, global survey on employee engagement 2014.
Corporate Community Partnership Program
As part of its Corporate Community Partnership (CCP) program, Deutsche Bank delegates experts to nonprofit organizations in developing countries and emerging markets who help establish or strengthen social and economic structures.
Corporate Community Partnership program
As part of its Corporate Community Partnership (CCP) program, Deutsche Bank delegates experts to nonprofit organizations in developing countries and emerging markets who help establish or strengthen social and economic structures. In the course of a several-week stay, employees assist microfinance and social businesses or educational institutions and accompany specific projects on-site.
The bank also benefits from this transfer of knowledge: Deutsche Bank employees learn to appreciate different cultures and work styles and gain valuable perspectives that feed back into their daily work.
Since 2008, Deutsche Bank has assisted more than 40 projects in emerging markets by seconding more than 70 employees to dedicated non-for-profit initiatives in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
partnership with GIZ
In their joint partnerships, Deutsche Bank, the GIZ and development cooperation organizations pool their strengths to advance development and bring about sustainable improvements in living conditions.
How Deutsche Bank staff advise nonprofit organizations
Better Rice Initiative Asia, Thailand
In February 2015, Deutsche Bank employees Sven Sievers and Karolis Verseckas joined forces with the Better Rice Initiative Asia (Bria) in Bangkok. They used their experience and expertise to find ways to improve the rice value chains in cooperation with regional forces while gaining a profound insight into Thailand’s (business) culture.
Banking and Finance Academy, Uzbekistan
When theoretical foundation meets practice – Deutschbankers Markus Müller and Heiko Emmel initiated a lecture course on Finance, Investment Decision Making and Corporate Finance at the Banking and Finance Academy (BFA) of the Republic of Uzbekistan. "I am sure that all participants have benefited greatly in terms of education, interpersonal relationships and cultural exchange”, says Prof. Adkham Bekmuradov, acting Rector of BFA. The pilot project has turned into a program now supported by the GIZ.
Banking Association, Myanmar
Supporting the Myanmar banking sector with a special focus on SME-Finance – in their four-week series of training and coaching sessions Deutschbankers Annika Klein and Felix von Schmeling shared their knowledge and experience about financial products, processes and tools with Myanmar bankers. “I was lucky to get an insight in one of the most interesting financial markets of the world, because Myanmar’s banking sector is like a white spot on the map – I’m sure it will change soon”, states Klein.
Mountains of the Moon University, Uganda
Deutschbankers Delores Rubin, Oliver Florschuetz and Michael Wiemer shared their skills and competencies with Uganda’s first community-based Mountains of the Moon University. They have developed a “Banking and Development Finance”-curriculum as well as engaging teaching methods and forged new connections with local businesses and other learning institutions.
Be! Fund, India
Clearing plastic trash from the streets and creating jobs is one of the business ideas that would hardly happen without “Be! Fund”. Starting a social business in India is difficult due to the lack of capital. Deutschbanker Joris Hensen helped nonprofit organizations to launch and to convince sponsors of their success. During a second visit Hensen conducted a pre-study and designed innovative concepts to teach people in poverty financial literacy skills.
For the majority of its CCP projects, Deutsche Bank partners with two globally operating organizations: Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Women’s World Banking (WWB). The focus of the jointly developed projects is capacity building for educational institutions and advising microfinance and banking institutions on specific challenges that help them establish more sustainable business models. The individual initiatives usually require several experts to consecutive projects. They build on each other and enable employees to contribute their professional skills most effectively. In addition employees offer financial support to empower microfinance institutions.
Everything is possible in Uganda
Deutschbanker Michael Wiemer brings together employees of local banks in Uganda and students from the country’s Mountains of the Moon University. Their mission: to develop the “Banking and Development Finance” curriculum, the only such program in Uganda focused on microfinance.
Schools today are undergoing significant change. In the future, they should be managed less by ministries and local education authorities and instead be given greater freedom to develop into small enterprises. But management skills are not part of the traditional training of school administrators. The Partners in Leadership initiative aims to help them master those skills.
“I would immediately say ‘yes’ again”
Jens-Eike Decken with Deutsche Bank in Stuttgart advises and accompanies school administrators at Mörike School in Backnang, near Stuttgart. Under the Partners in Leadership program, school administrators and managers tackle the various challenges confronting schools today, such as quality management, human resource planning, public relations and communication skills as well as team building, organizational development and the ability to convey the need for greater parental involvement. Mörike School hopes to become a comprehensive school, which many view as a model of the future. Jens-Eike Decken is making a contribution to the school’s efforts by strengthening its leadership in the long term.
“It’s a true partnership – and it works great.”
Partners in Leadership at a glance
Since 1999, managers from more than 1,200 companies and over 5,000 school administrators in the UK have participated in the Partners in Leadership program. In Germany, Deutsche Bank has supported the program since 2006 in an effort to contribute to the development of education equality. In February 2011 Deutsche Bank, together with other companies, was honored for its engagement in schools with the Generali European Employee Volunteering Award in the category “innovation”.