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 2014, CME Group contributed more than $5 million through our charitable programs, our corporate foundation and the independent foundation that we support.
During 2014, our members and employees provided more than 2,500 hours of volunteer service to local non-profit organizations in Chicago, New York, London and Singapore through Amicus, our community outreach program. Partner agencies included Carole Robertson Center for Learning, Christopher House, Hephzibah House, House of the Good Shepherd, Inspiration Cafe, Salvation Army Emergency Lodge, Special Spectators, New York Battery Park Conservancy, New York Henry Street Settlement, Childrenâs Hospital at the Royal London, Lambeth College and Singapore Childrenâs Society. Fundraising drives were organized to benefit organizations such as Greater Chicago Food Depository, United Way and the London Winter Night Shelter.
CME Group also entered the 10th year of its adopted school relationship with Washington Irving Elementary School in partnership with Chicago Public Schools. CME Group volunteers participated in a number of service projects in 2014 designed to enrich the educational experiences of the Washington Irving students, thus helping assure the success of tomorrowâs leaders. CME Group also continued its partnership for a fifth year with New York City Public Elementary School 277 (PS277) in the South Bronx, supporting the schoolâs 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.