Community Engagement

A material impact area for our communities

Our Goal

Increase the reach of our community engagement program, BBHcares.

Throughout our more than 200-year history, BBH has actively engaged with the communities where we do business by sharing our talent, time, and financial resources with those in need. It’s not only the right thing to do; it ultimately provides more equitable access to education and workplaces, broadens our perspective, and improves the quality of life in the cities and neighborhoods where we live and work.

BBH believes everyone should have the same chance for independence, stability, and long-term prosperity. That’s why we operate with a spirit of citizenship to improve the quality of life in places we live and work by providing jobs, paying taxes, and supporting those in need with time, talent, and financial resources.

BBHcares, our longstanding philanthropic program, marshals our employees’ time and talents to provide support to charities around the globe. With a mission to partner with non-profits that provide basic needs (food, clothing, shelter) and education, our philanthropic focus areas enable low-income individuals and families to take control of their finances, gain independence, and achieve economic sustainability and success.

Along with supporting communities, our philanthropic efforts allow BBH employees to develop and grow personally and professionally. Through opportunities including hands-on volunteering and non-profit board service, participants build proficiency in leadership, strategic planning, communication, project and time management, networking, and more.

UN Sustainable Development Goal Alignment

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Core Program Components

  • Employee leaders spearhead many of our BBHcares volunteer projects and giving campaigns, that, in addition to the satisfaction that comes from helping others, build personal and professional skills like leadership, strategic planning, communication, project management, time management, and networking.  

  • All employees are eligible to receive paid time-off to volunteer during work hours.

  • For over 20 years, we have participated in the United Way’s U.S.-based loaned executive program, through which top companies lend some of their best and brightest talent for 15-week engagements.

  • All activities are advertised on a central corporate calendar, receiving equal billing at town halls and high-profile meetings, as well as emailed office-wide.
  • Volunteer events are scheduled at a variety of times to create the most opportunities for employees to participate and accommodate a variety of schedules.
  • The firm celebrates volunteer impact monthly, through the internal newsletter and with top billing on the home page of the intranet.

  • Employee fundraising happens across our European and Asia offices at various times throughout the year, with a variety of efforts aimed to provide financial support to our charitable partners.
  • In the U.S., voluntary employee contribution campaigns, powered by the United Way, occur each fall, complementing our many volunteer projects.

  • A centralized place to share personal charitable interests, beyond the BBHcares program, so others can learn how they can support each other’s community involvement outside of work.

  • BBHcares partners with United Way to provide U.S.-based employees with the opportunity to gain the skills needed to serve on nonprofit boards and be placed with chari¬ties in need of their management and financial expertise.

  • Across the globe, offices participate in a variety of mate¬rial drives including collections for food, school supplies and backpacks, holiday gifts, eyeglasses, clothing, books, and household items.

  • We are careful to ensure our charitable contributions benefit the community and do not influence the business judgement of others, approving and processing all contributions made on behalf of the firm through a single department.
  • This department ensures all philanthropic activities comply with industry and local regulations and best practice.
  • $4.72M

    from firm donations, Employee Giving Campaigns, and Employee Relief Fund Grants

  • 129

    strategic charitable partners

  • 320

    employees who serve on Charitable Boards

  • 3,000

    employees used new community service leave to serve their communities in ways not offered by the firm

Based on 2020 data

2020 Stewardship Report

We invite you to read our second annual Stewardship Report. This report represents our commitment to sustainability, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to accountability and transparency about our progress toward our goals.

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