As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group believes that it is both a responsibility and a privilege to give back to the global communities where we live and work. In 2013, CME Group contributed more than $5 million through our charitable programs, our corporate foundation and the independent foundation that we support.
During 2013, our members and employees provided more than 2,400 hours of volunteer service to local non-profit organizations in Chicago, New York and London through Amicus, our community outreach program. Partner agencies included Carole Robertson Center for Learning, Christopher House, Hephzibah House, House of the Good Shepherd, Inspiration Café, Salvation Army Emergency Lodge, Special Spectators, New York Battery Park Conservancy, New York Henry Street Settlement, Children’s Hospital at the Royal London, and London Tower Hamlets Foodbank. Fundraising drives were organized to benefit organizations such as Greater Chicago Food Depository, United Way and London Winter Night Shelter.
CME Group also entered its ninth year of partnership with Washington Irving Elementary School as part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Futures Exchange Program. CME Group volunteers participated in a number of service projects in 2013 designed to enrich the educational experiences of the Washington Irving students, thus helping assure the success of tomorrow’s leaders. CME Group also continued its partnership for a fourth year with New York City Public Elementary School 277 (PS277) in the South Bronx, supporting the school’s programming through in-kind donations and educational field trips.
The CME Group Community Foundation provides charitable grants focused on meeting the needs of the global communities in which we live and do business, as well as disaster relief. The foundation provides support to three primary areas of concern: children in need, education, and health and human services. Through a matching gift program, the foundation also funds many worthwhile charitable organizations that are important to the CME Group community.
The company also provides non-financial support to the CME Group Foundation. The CME Group Foundation enhances economic opportunity by supporting academic initiatives and activities, primarily in the Chicago region, that promote research, teaching and learning in financial markets, futures and derivatives; the education of disadvantaged children and youth; and the health and education of young children.
For more information please refer to the CME Group Corporate Citizenship Report.