Name of Company:Nomura
Programme Name:Community Affairs Programme
Staff in London:3433

When Nomura, a global investment bank, acquired Lehman Brothers in 2008 they inherited their community partnerships. Despite community partnerships being uncommon in the company’s home market, Japan, Nomura quickly agreed to sustain and improve the local community partnerships with a new and unique combination of employee volunteering, fundraising and grants.

The existing relationships with Oaklands Secondary School in Tower Hamlets and the Rugby Academy were continued and additionally, Nomura also partnered with Southwark Park Primary School. An employee fundraising platform and grant-giving vehicle were also established. Nomura have committed £2million to their programme which has, for example, provided regular school volunteer schemes, extensive employability programmes and a sports programme.

These programmes contributed to 80% of Oaklands students achieving five A*-C GCSE grades last year, the schools’ best ever percentage. 92% of the children who attended the Rugby Academy want to continue playing and over £1.5million has been raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust through Nomura’s support.