London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is a diversified international market infrastructure and capital markets business that sits at the heart of the world’s financial community. Through LSEG Foundation, the Group focuses its community investment programme on helping young people from disadvantaged background develop the life and business skills they need, so that their future is driven by opportunity, not dictated by circumstance.
Building on an 18-year partnership between Unicef and FTSE Russell, part of LSEG’s Information Services Division, LSEG Foundation appointed Unicef as LSEG’s global charity partner in 2015. In 2018 LSEG committed to a further two years of partnership and to date have raised over £1.8 million for children around the world.
The partnership covers a contribution to a community investment programme in Zambia. The Zambian Girls 2030: Realising My Potential initiative aims to empower girls to realise their potential, and provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed as professionals, and to improve educational and economic outcomes for Zambian women.
To date, 14,846 students (9,811 girls and 5,035 boys) have participated in careers and skills clubs at their schools, and 1,213 girls have participated in week-long skills camps in both the Northern and Southern provinces to enhance knowledge of career options, higher education and financial literacy. In addition, 350 career mentors were trained to provide guidance at the school-level career and skills clubs, and 423 girls were enrolled in the Career Internship Programme, which allowed them to explore a number of career options and helped them define their professional aspirations
LSEG Foundation also contributes to Unicef’s Children’s Emergency Fund. Right now, one in four children worldwide lives in danger, often because of natural disaster or conflict. As well as saving lives, our emergency work also focusses on making sure the impact of conflict and disasters doesn’t stop children from having a healthy, happy future.
As part of the partnership, Unicef has been providing LSEG with staff engagement opportunities for its employees, continuing to galvanise support for the world’s most vulnerable children through involvement in learning opportunities around the issues of children’s rights protection. LSEG employees have been actively engaged in fundraising iniatives too for Unicef UK, including cycle challenges from Zurich to Milan in 2018, and from London to Paris in 2019.