The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our lives in totally new ways and given rise to an unprecedented wave of solidarity around the world. For the last few weeks, all of us have been doing what we can to combat this scourge, whether by continuing to work despite the risks, complying with the lockdown rules or helping vulnerable people.
Seeing the issues and repercussions caused by this public health crisis, at both the social and economic levels, UBP and the de Picciotto family quickly joined in the fight against Covid-19 by making a CHF 2.5 million donation. That money has been given not just to organisations working to help the neediest people in society, who have been hit hard by the crisis, but also to projects that have a direct, practical impact, aiming to accelerate the economic recovery and support caregivers and hospitals, as well as driving innovation and medical research.
“We wanted to contribute to the wave of solidarity currently taking place, and we are happy to be providing vital support, via various organisations, to society’s most vulnerable people during this unprecedented public health and economic crisis.”
The de Picciotto family
As part of the various Covid-19-related projects it is supporting, the Bank also wanted to turn its approach into a collective effort by involving all of the Group’s staff members. They have been invited to take part, via the Alaya digital platform, in the various initiatives adopted by UBP, and the Bank has also pledged to match any financial donations made by its teams.
Supporting hospitals and caregivers
Medical staff and hospitals were affected by this public health crisis at a very early stage. They are playing an essential role on the front line, and are having to deal with extreme situations to protect and help their patients. UBP wanted to show its gratitude by contributing to funds supporting Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and the Ticino Cantonal Hospital in Switzerland, but also the Royal Free Charity in London and Give2Asia in Hong Kong.