Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Since our parent company BMO Financial Group opened its doors in 1817, we’ve strived to raise hope and give back to the communities around us. Our promise ‘we’re here to help’ applies beyond our clients to the wider world. Social responsibility is inextricably linked to our purpose as an organisation; we’re driven to lead positive change and endeavour to be creative in our approach.

The Employee Giving Campaign is an annual initiative open to all employees across North America and expat employees working in our North American divisions, offering them the opportunity to donate to a registered non-profit organisation of their choice.

Every June, thousands of employees donate their time to BMO Volunteer Day, supporting a wide range of local charities. The campaign extended to employees in the UK and Ireland for the first time in 2018.

As part of a BMO global initiative, we support Ronald McDonald House Charities, fundraising and volunteering to help provide a place for families to call home while their child is cared for in hospital.

Global Initiatives

BMO Employee Giving Campaign

BMO GAM Volunteer Day 2018

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In the UK, we’re a proud contributor to CASCAID, an organisation that brings colleagues from our industry together to fundraise for charity. Past highlights include driving 3,887 miles around the UK in a ’98 Reliant Robin, as well as receiving an Outstanding Contribution Award for walking the M25. (The M25 is a 117 mile long motorway encircling almost all of Greater London).

As part of our commitment to supporting the education of future generations, we were one of twenty firms in our industry involved in the launch of KickStart Money, an initiative aimed at making financial education compulsory in primary schools. We are also proud partners of Investment 20/20, and working with F&C Investment Trust which has partnered with City of Glasgow College.

Other charities we support in the UK include Ronald McDonald House Charities, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Back Up Trust.

In the Netherlands, we took on the 500-kilometre HomeRide, cycling a heart-shaped route around the country in 24 hours in aid of Ronald McDonald House Charities. The house in Amsterdam provides a homely refuge for families with a child receiving treatment at VU Medical Centre.

On track to meet our
£100k target this year

In the US, our charitable efforts extend beyond the Employee Giving Campaign. We have long been a supporter of the United Performing Arts Fund, a non-profit organisation that raises money to support arts groups in Southeast Wisconsin who represent the best in local opera, theatre, ballet and more. The performing arts not only entertain and engage – they also positively impact our economy and provide education for children, boosting their emotional intelligence and confidence, among other things. Our funding contributes to UPAF Bright Minds and UPAF Notable Women – two initiatives that focus on improving the lives of students from undeserved communities within Southeast Wisconsin.

The spirit of volunteering is at the heart of BMO culture. For Volunteer Day 2018, Chicago employees joined the American Red Cross to work with veterans on various initiatives across the city, while employees in Milwaukee hosted a literacy fair with the Boys and Girls Clubs and organised a range of activities from reading and writing to art and puzzles.

This year, we are also supporting the American Heart Association by taking part in the 2019 Metro Chicago Heart Walk to raise money for lifesaving science. The Association aims to have improved the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% in 2020, while also reducing the number of deaths related to cardiovascular disease and stroke by the same figure.

$6,805

GAM employees
contributions in 2018

Last year, we committed $10 million to United Way Greater Toronto – the region’s largest non-governmental supporter of social services. The organisation is dedicated to ensuring opportunities are available for people to improve their lives and build promising futures. We also launched an initiative to bring business leaders together to work alongside the wider community to establish innovative approaches for tackling economic disparity.

Our involvement with United Way precedes our commitment made last year: we have participated in United Way’s annual CN Tower Climb since 2007, walking up the 1,776 steps of Toronto’s iconic landmark to fundraise against local poverty. In 2018, we rallied together two teams to run the 5km Scotiabank Rat Race, raising a total of $9,441.

BMO is a founding partner of Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only 24/7 counselling and information service for young people. Since its establishment in 1989, the organisation now helps over 5000 kids, teens and young adults every week. We’re proud of our ongoing role in helping to support young Canadians. Every May, we host Walk So Kids Can Talk – Canada’s largest walk in support of Kids Help Phone, which takes place in more than 30 communities across the country. In 2018, we raised $20,365 for the cause.

Raising hope and
giving back since

1817

In the UK, we’re a proud contributor to CASCAID, an organisation that brings colleagues from our industry together to fundraise for charity. Past highlights include driving 3,887 miles around the UK in a ’98 Reliant Robin, as well as receiving an Outstanding Contribution Award for walking the M25. (The M25 is a 117 mile long motorway encircling almost all of Greater London).

As part of our commitment to supporting the education of future generations, we were one of twenty firms in our industry involved in the launch of KickStart Money, an initiative aimed at making financial education compulsory in primary schools. We are also proud partners of Investment 20/20, and working with F&C Investment Trust which has partnered with City of Glasgow College.

Other charities we support in the UK include Ronald McDonald House Charities, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Back Up Trust.

In the Netherlands, we took on the 500-kilometre HomeRide, cycling a heart-shaped route around the country in 24 hours in aid of Ronald McDonald House Charities. The house in Amsterdam provides a homely refuge for families with a child receiving treatment at VU Medical Centre.

On track to meet our
£100k target this year

In the US, our charitable efforts extend beyond the Employee Giving Campaign. We have long been a supporter of the United Performing Arts Fund, a non-profit organisation that raises money to support arts groups in Southeast Wisconsin who represent the best in local opera, theatre, ballet and more. The performing arts not only entertain and engage – they also positively impact our economy and provide education for children, boosting their emotional intelligence and confidence, among other things. Our funding contributes to UPAF Bright Minds and UPAF Notable Women – two initiatives that focus on improving the lives of students from undeserved communities within Southeast Wisconsin.

The spirit of volunteering is at the heart of BMO culture. For Volunteer Day 2018, Chicago employees joined the American Red Cross to work with veterans on various initiatives across the city, while employees in Milwaukee hosted a literacy fair with the Boys and Girls Clubs and organised a range of activities from reading and writing to art and puzzles.

This year, we are also supporting the American Heart Association by taking part in the 2019 Metro Chicago Heart Walk to raise money for lifesaving science. The Association aims to have improved the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% in 2020, while also reducing the number of deaths related to cardiovascular disease and stroke by the same figure.

$6,805

GAM employees
contributions in 2018

Last year, we committed $10 million to United Way Greater Toronto – the region’s largest non-governmental supporter of social services. The organisation is dedicated to ensuring opportunities are available for people to improve their lives and build promising futures. We also launched an initiative to bring business leaders together to work alongside the wider community to establish innovative approaches for tackling economic disparity.

Our involvement with United Way precedes our commitment made last year: we have participated in United Way’s annual CN Tower Climb since 2007, walking up the 1,776 steps of Toronto’s iconic landmark to fundraise against local poverty. In 2018, we rallied together two teams to run the 5km Scotiabank Rat Race, raising a total of $9,441.

BMO is a founding partner of Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only 24/7 counselling and information service for young people. Since its establishment in 1989, the organisation now helps over 5000 kids, teens and young adults every week. We’re proud of our ongoing role in helping to support young Canadians. Every May, we host Walk So Kids Can Talk – Canada’s largest walk in support of Kids Help Phone, which takes place in more than 30 communities across the country. In 2018, we raised $20,365 for the cause.

Raising hope and
giving back since

1817