How do you work to attract new graduates to your finance company? According to Edith Cooper, Goldman Sachs’ head of human capital investment, you provide a chance for them to gain meaning.
“Folks that are coming into the firm out of universities are looking to do more,” Edith Cooper explained to Business Insider. “So many of them have recognized their role in society, so we felt that it was important for them to be able to really express those interests and those causes that they’re excited about and partner literally with the most senior ranks of the firm on making a difference in these organizations.”
Cooper is the vice chairwoman of Goldman Sachs’ Partnership Committee. Among other things, the Partnership Committee runs Goldman Sachs Gives, a philanthropic fund sponsored by the firm’s partners. The fund is committed to fostering innovative ideas, solving economic and social issues, and enabling progress in underserved communities globally, and awards grants to non-profits who apply. So far, they’ve made more than $1 billion in grants and partnered with 5,600 nonprofits in 80 countries throughout the world.