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Social responsibility

In many ways, both big or small, Mercuria and its people give time and effort to support communities and the environment.

Mercuria is more than a business; we are part of society. As a group, we contribute to developing opportunities that improve life in the communities where we are active.

 

Corporate sponsorship

Mercuria’s sponsorship of cultural and sporting activities is diverse and global. Some of the events we have been involved with include:

Beijing Music Festival

We are a proud sponsor of the Beijing Music Festival since 2007. Participating artists have included the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra playing the songs of John Lennon, violin master Pinchas Zuckerman with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, an opera gala by Deutsche Opera Berlin, and cellists Mischa Maisky and Lily Maisky’s Russian Romances.

The Legacy of China

Mercuria sponsored the documentary film series ‘The Legacy of China’ based on the lifework of Cambridge professor Joseph Needham. The film traces China’s contribution to science and innovation over the past 4000 years.

World Series of Cutting

Mercuria is proud to be one of the sponsors of the National Cutting Horse Association.The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting includes a yearly competition in Lyon, France.

The National Cutting Horse Association, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is the world governing body for the sport of cutting - www.nchacutting.com

La Sinfonietta de Genève

Mercuria is pleased to sponsor the first violin of la Sinfonietta de Genève, a local non-professional chamber orchestra supported by the City of Geneva and conducted by Benoît Willmann. Since 2005, the Orchestra offers Master of Arts Music's students a unique and original opportunity to take lead positions within the orchestra and gain first-hand experience. 

Charitable sponsorship

Mercuria supports a range of charitable social programmes and events. In general, our focus is on projects that help children and contribute to building a better future for communities.

Heads Together 2017 London Marathon

Mercuria supported the participation of employees Richard Gormley and Antonin de Benoist in the 2017 London Marathon for Heads Together, the official charity partner of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. After the race, Gormley and his son discussed the charity with Prince William at The Royal Society of London.

DePelchin Children’s Center

Mercuria participated in the DePelchin Children’s Center Holiday Project during in 2015 and 2016. Mercuria and its employees provided Christmas gifts for children in need. DePelchin Children’s Center is the leading center in Texas for children’s well-being, with a focus on mental health, foster care, and adoption services.

buildOn

In Haiti, as well as in their other international locations, Mercuria supports the efforts of buildOn, an US-based nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. Mercuria’s participation, led by employee Andrea Valerio, successfully built one full school in Arniquet, in the South West of Haiti, which will host 140 children in 3 classrooms, and also provides afternoon and night literacy courses to local adults.

Marange House

Mercuria contributes to the wellbeing and recreational activities of disadvantaged, chronically ill children at the Marange House centre in South Africa.

Ubuntu House

Mercuria also contributes to the running of the Ubuntu House which is part of the AFM Executive Welfare uMephi project in South Africa. The House provides a home and care for abandoned and special needs children of the community.

Charity Gala Ball

For the past four years, Mercuria has contributed to Beijing’s prestigious Charity Gala Ball, which has a different focus each year. In 2011, nearly 19 million RMB was raised for rural centers offering skills training and support for the underprivileged and physically impaired.

Educational sponsorship

Mercuria believes it is essential to maintain close links between academia and industry. We work actively to make this happen.

Cristo Rey Jesuit

Mercuria sponsors students from the Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School for the Corporate Work-Study Program. Mercuria empowers participating students with valuable professional experience throughout the course of the hands-on work program. Cristo Rey Jesuit program offer college prep education to students from low-income families in the Houston, Texas area.

Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA)

Mercuria is a founding member of the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association that was established to represent the local trading community. STSA, in collaboration with the University of Geneva and other institutions, develops and runs specific training programmes in which senior Mercuria personnel participate as visiting lecturers.

Industry and academic forums

Mercuria’s managers regularly speak at universities, including EPFL at Lausanne, HEG at Geneva, or conferences such as the 2010 & 2013 Oxford Energy Market roundtable. Mercuria also sponsors the Master of Management des Opérations de Marchés (MOM) at Lyon University. We also welcome students from the London Business School during their Commodity Treck in Geneva.

Apprentice Program

Mercuria believes that paths to success don't all start with a college degree. One of those key other paths is that of Apprenticeship, an age old, but newly refreshed way to gain knowledge and skills through practical experience and learning that puts people into the positions rather than taking a theoretical approach.

In the summer of 2015, US officials signed a joint declaration of intent with Switzerland to collaborate. At the same time, over 20 Swiss companies agreed to bring and/or expand their robust model of apprenticeship to their United States facilities. Mercuria is proud to be one of these partnerns.