The Optiver Foundation
As a non-profit organisation we aim to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our planet and its people. Of particular focus for us is how to use science and technology to solve many of these problems. We understand that meaningful change only happens when those who can have the greatest impact step up to meet the challenge.
Giving that grows
Science, technology and education are at the core of what we do at Optiver. Our Foundation is focused on supporting organisations that share the same values and mission. In particular, we’re interested in how technology and academia can be used to address, and potentially solve, some of the world’s most pressing issues.
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Environmental action is a prerequisite to achieving a prosperous and sustainable future for all. From reforestation to water conservation to reducing carbon emissions, we seek to play an active role in helping reverse the impact of climate change.
An inclusive and diverse workforce fosters a culture of trust and respect and strengthens our ability to innovate and thrive. We all have a role to play in creating equal opportunities for others. One way is through increasing access to education. In many parts of the world, talented young people lack opportunity. We can change this by empowering future generations through access to learning opportunities.
Scholarship programme with Oxford University
The Optiver Foundation has partnered with Oxford University to launch an international scholarship programme, that’s focussed on supporting women, from low and middle-income countries, to access STEM education at a postgraduate level. The programme will provide support for 30 master’s students over a period of five years. Scholars will receive full financial support for their course fees, as well as a stipend to cover living costs. The programme will also enable scholars to access tailored induction activities, mentoring and on-course support.
Reforestation with Landlife
Building on Optiver’s long-established roots in Australia, the Optiver Foundation embarked on a eucalyptus reforestation project in the New South Wales region. In collaboration with Landlife, a tech-driven reforestation organisation, the Foundation re-seeded 97 hectares of land. The reintroduced eucalyptus trees are projected to capture 21,000t CO2, reforest at-risk tree species, aid animal herds with affected migration routes and help endangered animals like koalas to re-populate.
Providing equal opportunity to STEM
The Optiver Foundation has joined forces with Women Win to develop ‘Stemming the Gap: the Free STEM Fund.’ The fund envisions providing grants to youth-led, women-led and community-based organisations, social enterprises and educational institutions in the global south (including Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania). Women Win will manage the fund using its unique approach to inclusive and participatory philanthropy.
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