ESG and social impact

Why this matters

Education is a keystone investment into ensuring the realization of all global goals, including climate change, diversity, equity, and inclusion, public health, and broad-based economic growth. Across the world, businesses invest hundreds of millions of dollars in education in countries across the globe. Yet too many of these resources do not have an impact on learning and skill development. A study from the Brookings Institution revealed that millions of dollars in business contributions to support global education from the Fortune 500 companies were small, short-term, uncoordinated efforts that were not reaching the most marginalized. GBC-Education has been changing this reality since its inception. 

Both how the business community channels its resources and how the education sector works with the business community will play key roles in determining not only the future of education but the entire Sustainable Development Goals agenda. 

Integrated social impact strategies and ESG investing are critical ways that businesses can improve lives and meet societal challenges. Corporate responsibility is also increasingly important for companies to improve their bottom line and attract and retain investors, talent, and customers: 86% of employees prefer to work for companies that care about the same issues they do. Consumers are also demanding action on social issues from businesses: 83% of consumers think companies should be actively shaping ESG best practices. Now, more than ever, the world is looking to the business community to take social action. 

Together, we will ensure that corporate investments create business impact as well as a more sustainable, scalable, and systemic social impact.

What we are doing

GBC-Education works with the business community to incorporate sustainable and scalable investments in education into their social impact, philanthropy, corporate responsibility, and ESG practices. 

In partnership with the BHP Foundation, GBC-Education developed the Business Investment for Education Impact (BIEI) to build a stronger, more informed, and impactful network of businesses. Through this initiative, GBC-Education can consolidate best practices, generate and share evidence-based tools, and improve engagement between the private and education sectors. 

The Business Investment for Education Impact guidance group

The BIEI project team has developed a Guidance Group to help to shape the direction of the initiative and the future of private sector engagement in global education. The Group is a network of business leaders, global education experts, social impact innovators, and implementation specialists.

Garima Batra

Garima Batra

Partner, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Serena Brown

Director, Sustainable Development, KPMG

Stephen Chege

Chief External Affairs Officer, Vodacom

Matt Clancy

Regional Governance Advisor, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, UK Government

Julius Karl D. Fieve

Research and Knowledge Coordinator, Opportunity International

Yasmin Fodil

Chief Program Officer, 100Kin10

Stephen Fraser

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education & Training, Victoria

Bernadette Gutmann

Private Sector Engagement Specialist, Regional Office of South Asia, UNICEF

Alice Hunt

Independent Consultant

Wendy Kopp

Wendy Kopp

CEO and Co-Founder, Teach for All

Maggie Koziol

Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Deloitte

Karthik Krishnan

Venture Chair, Redesign Health

Olga LaBelle

Vice President, Government Engagement, Mastercard

Michele Malejki

Global Head, Social Impact, HP

Tendai Mashingaidze

Ubuntu Equity

Annina Mattsson

Annina Mattsson

Director of Programs, Dubai Cares

Sofia Fernández de Mesa

Director of International Affairs, ProFuturo Foundation

Geetha Murali

CEO, Room to Read

Devyani Pershad

Head of International Collaborations, Pratham

Anita Rajan


Heather Simpson

Chief Program Officer, Room to Read

Grace Suh

Director, Hiring, Accelerate, Microsoft

Nazila Vali

Partnership Specialist, Advocacy and Innovative Partnerships, UNICEF

Brodie Vansleve

Senior Manager Social Impact, Communities & Social Performance, Rio Tinto

Euan Wilmshurst

Head of Advocacy and Communication, LEGO Foundation

Rebecca Winthrop

Co-Director, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution

Education is everyone’s business

Companies can join the coalition to learn about and share best practice with a network of corporate peers while gaining the insights and guidance of GBC-Education’s world class social impact team.

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