Announcements: Policy 29 Oct 2008
I would like to inform you that we will not be holding our annual Seasonal parties this year. I know this might come as a disappointment to many of you, who look forward to the opportunity to relax among colleagues and celebrate a year of hard work and accomplishment. Perhaps more than any other year, you can be proud of your achievements despite extreme market conditions. Your focus, resilience, and attention to clients have allowed us to outperform the competition and continue to build the business as a result. The acquisition of the North American businesses of Lehman Brothers and the UK authorities' recent endorsement of our current capital strength and future capital raising plans would not have been possible without that performance. However, in the current difficult environment for our industry and for the economy as a whole, which affects not just financial services firms but our clients as well, it is not appropriate for us to do anything that might be seen as inappropriate by any of our stakeholders. We have therefore decided that there will be no firmwide or departmental Seasonal parties funded by the firm this year.
The exception is our children's Seasonal parties, which are held in several locations around the world. The last 12 months have had a big impact on all our families as you have all worked particularly hard to help us navigate through the turbulent environment. These events for our children are a small token of thanks for their support and forbearance. Details will be communicated shortly in each location, where such an event is held.
Thank you again for your hard work and focus on our clients.