Corporate Social Responsibility
At First Citizens, we continually strive for excellent community relations as much as possible, so that we may positively impact our social environment. We strive to maintain our commitment to the areas of youth and education development, the environment, sport and culture.
For even greater insight into our CSR initiatives below check out our Annual Reports!
Culture and Community
As a responsible corporate citizen, the Group is a firm believer in using our resources to help those in need. First Citizens joined forces with Habitat for Humanity - UWI Chapter, as they embarked on a life-changing project for a family in need. The Campus Chapter is a student-based organization aimed at mobilizing volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing and promote homeownership as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty in Trinidad & Tobago.
Patriarch Cuthbert George, together with his wife Joanne, who has been wheelchair-bound for the past 17 years, were living in straitened circumstances due to the medical bills incurred by Mrs. George’s illness. First Citizens set out to transform life for the George family through the gift of a two-bedroom house. The project was made possible through a donation from First Citizens, as well as the combined volunteer efforts of First Citizens staff, Habitat for Humanity, and students of the Campus Chapter.
Mr. and Mrs. George were overcome with joy when presented with their new home. First Citizens and the volunteers were deeply touched to have made such a difference in the lives of the George family.
Youth and Education
The Group believes that education is the key to unlocking Trinidad & Tobago’s vast supply of human potential and, as such, we pledge our continued support to these students. Since 1996 First Citizens has been sponsoring UWI students with bursaries to assist them in achieving their goals. Other events held in this area include:
The First Citizens Sports Foundation
The Sports Foundation was welcomed into the First Citizens Bank family at a function on Tuesday 21st September 2004.
This marked a momentous milestone as First Citizens Bank continues to create history. First Citizens Bank sees the Foundation continuing along the road of excellence through its Hall of Fame, and its Annual Sports Awards.
The vision for the Sports Foundation is to continue to support the growth and development of sport, and together with our new family First Citizens Bank, we will achieve this objective.
Some of our undertakings include:
First Citizens is proud to introduce Women’s Issues as part of the Group’s CSR initiatives. As Trinidad & Tobago’s truly local bank, we are moved to aid, in tangible ways, the advancement of women. Over the course of this past year, this cause has gathered impetus. With the support of various NGO’s, as well as through the efforts of our staff, we have made strides in the battle against domestic violence and cancer, as well as tremendous progress in the areas of gender equality and equal opportunity. First Citizens is dedicated to using our resources to empower the women of Trinidad & Tobago to fulfill their potential—at home, at work, and in society.
PINK: A Card for a Cause
The Ballroom of the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre was transformed for the launch of the First Citizens Pink Credit Card. The event was the outcome of months of planning led by the Marketing, Retail, Electronic Banking, and Group Corporate
Each holder of a Pink Card will have the opportunity to give their support to the battle against domestic violence. Monthly contributions from as little as $25 to a maximum of $100 will go to The Rape Crisis Society and The Coalition against Domestic Violence. The First Citizens Group will also contribute seed money of $200,000 into the Pink fund annually.
With the endorsement and support of such agencies as the EMA and the Solid Waste Management Company, as well as the patronage of the former First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Mrs. Patricia Robinson, First Citizens Bank established on January 19, 1998, First Citizens Bank C.A.R.E.-Citizens in Action to Restore the Environment.
Objectives of C.A.R.E.: