Entrepreneurship & Innovation
We are obviously keen on having successful customers in the future, but or engagement with entrepreneurship goes much deeper than that. We say in our mission statement: it's through our customers' success that we contribute to a society that can grow and flourish.
We support entrepreneurship, from the start-up to the entrepreneurial elite, and with accolades including Ung Företagsamhet (Young Entrepreneur) and Entrepreneur of the Year.
In cooperation with the University of Tartu in Estonia, SEB has created the Vega Fund. The fund helps support skilled students with innovative ideas – both in early and late stages of entrepreneurial development – that show particular promise for business development and enterprise.
Children are the future. That's why all efforts to provide good living conditions to children and teenagers are vitally important.
We work, for example, with charity organisation Mentor, which strives to counter youth violence and drug use. More than 1,000 SEB employees so far in Sweden and the Baltic countries have gotten involved in different types of mentorships to bridge adulthood for children and teenagers. We take part in tennis partnership Next Generation, which is one of the largest youth initiatives in Sweden. We are also involved in a number of youth activities in the Nordics and Baltics.
SEB's goal in this area is to cooperate with social institutions to improve conditions for children without parental care. SEB's fund in Estonia helps support children at 35 substitute homes and safe houses. In Latvia, SEB cooperates with SOS Children Villages Association to help families with hardship keep their children in caring environments and together with their biological parents.
Education & Knowledge
We actively contribute to knowledge sharing. We support research and education through a number of programmes with universities, both by contributing to research projects and by a well-established partnership for students at universities in Sweden and around the Nordics.
SEB has worked together with other banks to create the student scholarship programme "Key to Success" at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Riga. A total of 720 five-year scholarships are awarded to SSE students from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, helping to reduce tuition fees.
Culture & Sports
SEB is the main sponsor of the Stockholm Concert Hall, the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Swedish National Orchestra in Gothenburg. SEB also collaborates with the Riga Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta and the Estonian National Opera.
SEB is also main sponsor of the tennis tournament Swedish Open in Båstad.