The Banque Cantonale de Genève is linked, due to its status or via its CEO, to several key associations or active institutions of the Swiss financial centre. It allows the Bank to interact with a network enriched by important actors who promote or defend in particular the interests of Swiss financial institutions.
A BNS Branch at Banque Cantonale de Genève’s Head Office
Banque Cantonale de Genève has opened a branch of the Swiss National Bank (BNS), by taking on some of the activities of the Geneva branch of BNS (which closed on 31 January 2012). The new branch, which opened on 1st February 2012, is located at the Ile Head Office.
The BNS closed its Geneva branch on 31 January 2012. The BCGE has taken on a number of the BNS Geneva branch activities, becoming official distributor in the canton of Geneva, and thereby reinforcing its role in contributing to the canton’s development. These activities include the exchange of CHF banknotes from older series, the exchange at face value of commemorative CHF coins and the exchange of badly damaged banknotes - within the limits set by the SNB.
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The Banque Cantonale de Genève's primary aim is to play its part in the development of the Geneva region as an economic centre. In this respect, it collaborates on a regular basis with the associations that are active at cantonal level.
Patronage and Sponsoring
Together with the 23 other cantonal banks, BCGE promotes responsible behaviour towards money among young people through an educational gameTogether with the 23 other cantonal banks and in collaboration with the ‘Syndicat des enseignants romands (SER)’ (teachers union of French-speaking Switzerland) and the ‘Dachverband Lehrerinnen und Lehrer Schweiz (LCH)’ (umbrella organisation of teachers Switzerland), BCGE is committed to promoting financial literacy. The national FinanceMission project aims to raise awareness among young people of the need to behave responsibly when it comes to money and to promote their general financial culture in a lasting way. To this end, an innovative educational offer is now available for teaching thanks to the FinanceMission Heroes game and its corresponding training material.
The first FinanceMission offer includes the digital educational game "FinanceMission Heroes" as well as the teaching support material that goes with it. The game can be used by students as an app on their smartphone, tablet or computer. In doing so, they take on the role of a superhero and must free an imaginary city from devious and criminal robots. In the game, it is necessary to choose appropriate financing strategies for equipment objects, to allocate resources properly in terms of time and to budget correctly. In this way, students learn - in the true sense of the word - financial skills through play. For today's young people, the use of digital applications, apps and mobile devices is a matter of course. Serious games such as "FinanceMission Heroes" allow complex facts to be presented in a way that is very familiar to teenagers. In the game, students learn through their actions, suffer the consequences of their decisions in a stimulating environment and have the chance to correct their mistakes later on.
The BCGE takes a targeted and limited approach to the support it gives to local initiatives and events in favour of structures in the canton and of youth work. Given its legal obligations (forming the capital, paying dividends, repaying the expenses of the Fondation de valorisation), the BCGE only has a limited and targeted budget for local and selected actions.
Within the framework of its patronage policy, the BCGE supports local associations with charitable, social or humanitarian aims. Donations are generally spread on an annually rotating basis to benefit local social and charitable causes or to target youth work and occasionally sporting initiatives which attract the general public, all without any commercial return.
Sponsorship falls within a global marketing concept and primarily involves popular local events. BCGE's support is provided with commercial gains in return, mainly promoting the bank's products and services depending on the target audience, and enhancing the reputation of its business activities and its corporate identity.
Foundation for cultural, social and sporting support
The real estate foundation "Patrimoine" was founded in 1996 with the aim of supporting cultural, social and sporting activities of general interest in the canton of Geneva and its region. To this end, the foundation had acquired various buildings that had previously belonged to the Caisse d'épargne de la République et Canton de Genève and the Banque hypothécaire du Canton de Genève. Management of the buildings generates the resources which, once interest and customary loan/credit repayments have been made, on the one hand, and expenses paid for normal building maintenance and depreciation, on the other, means that the net income from the assets can be allocated towards the aims of the foundation. In the coming years, the foundation intends to increase its support for cultural, social and sporting events of general interest in the canton of Geneva and its region.
As part of its Image Campaign highlighting traditional Swiss sports, BCGE sponsors four Swiss athletes, Séverine Pont-Combe (skier-mountaineer), Mickaël Matthey (wrestler), Maxime Chabloz (kiteboarder) and Eline Rol (rower).
Séverine Pont-Combe, ski-mountaineer
Swiss and World Champion
Internationally renowned (with an impressive track record in ski mountaineering and cross-country), Séverine has excelled with 10 Swiss and 2 world championship titles. She is also a four-time winner of the legendary Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG) race and her team took second place on the podium at the race on 21 April 2018. At the beginning of the 2019 season, she was awarded the title of Swiss individual champion.
RTS video on 6 May 2018
Au Coeur du Sport - Patrouille des Glaciers 2018
Mickaël Matthey, wrestler
33 titles in Switzerland
A major athlete from French-speaking Switzerland (who has won 35 titles in all competitions, including 2 titles in California - USA). The two athletes were filmed for BCGE's institutional video in on-site locations, respectively in Kandersteg and in the heights of Zermatt. On 13 May 2018, Mickaël Matthey was co-winner of the Geneva title during the Geneva Cantonal Festival of Anières.
Maxime Chabloz, kiteboarder
Junior World Champion
Maxime Chabloz won for the 4th time, this year the title of world junior kitesurfing champion.
After a remarkable start on skis, Maxime turned to kiteboarding at the age of 15 and quickly made waves. Today, he is one of the world's elite in the discipline and was crowned Junior World Kiteboard Champion at the age of 17. 3rd in the overall ranking at the GKA Air Games and in Akyaka (Turkey) at the World Kiteboarding Championships Elite in 2018, he participated in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and in the semi-final of the World Championships in Brazil. Having turned professional athlete, he has distinguished himself in the most beautiful kiteboarding spots on the planet. Maxime was elected "Junior Sailor of the Year 2017 & 2018" by Swiss Sailing.
RTS video on 24th March 2019
Portrait de Maxime Chabloz, champion du monde junior du kite surf
Eline Rol, rower
A member of the Canton's Geneva Team athletes', Eline started rowing at the age of fifteen. Since then, she has been training tirelessly and progressing quickly. Swiss champion in her first year of competition, she joined the Swiss team and then won the Coupe de la Jeunesse in 2016. In 2017, Eline finished third at the Junior World Championships in quadruple sculls (four rowers each with two oars) and will be competing at the World Rowing Championships. In 2018, she won 6th place at the U23 World Championships in lightweight doubles and the title of European Champion in light weight skiff, also in the U23 category. On July 28, 2019, she won the title of world champion with Sofia Meakin, in the Olympic category (23 years double light weight), in Florida.
The 2019 Prix de l'Artisanat was awarded to Jean-Jacques Haegler, Julien Marquet and Jérôme Blanc, architectural model makers, co-founders and partners of l’Atelier MAQ3. State Councillor Pierre Maudet, in charge of the Department of Economy, and Sandrine Salerno, Administrative Councillor of the City of Geneva, opened the ceremony, which took place on May 8 at the Théâtre Pitoëff.
Also in attendance were: Xavier Magnin, President of the Association of Geneva Municipalities, Guy Mérat, President of the Jury and, for BCGE, Hélène De Vos Vuadens, Head of the Communication and Investor Relations Department.
The Prix de l'Artisanat, created in 1991 and supported by BCGE since 1999, aims to highlight, each year, the skills of a Geneva craftsman, his commitment to training the next generation and the transmission of his know-how.
Atelier MAQ3, which won this year’s award, produces models of architecture, urban planning and design competitions. The three partners, Jean-Jacques Haegler, Julien Marquet and Jérôme Blanc, share a common passion for model making and quality craftsmanship. Atelier MAQ3 was founded in 2010, a continuation of an older workshop initiated by François Meyer, which the 3 employees took over in 2009, when he retired. Proud of their award, the 3 winners warmly thanked their mentor, who was present at the ceremony.
Passionate about architecture, urban planning and model making, these three enthusiasts are dedicated to providing rich and diversified training. Their respective backgrounds as interior architects, construction coordinators and cabinet makers give them a great deal of expertise in the field of making architectural models. The synergy of their complementary skills is their strength. Today, equipped with state-of-the-art technology tools, MAQ3 is known for the innovative dimension of the model maker's profession. (http://www.maq3.ch/)
Discover the talents of the Canton's craftsmen :
Presentation of the 2019 winner :
- Atelier MAQ3, maquettistes d’architecture (French only; duration 12 min. 26 sec.)
The Prix de l'Artisanat and its history :
- Association des communes genevoises (French only)