Growing Corporate Network Calls for Education for All

We cannot have young people growing up without the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be productive members of our society.  Our societies cannot afford it.  And neither can business.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

In its 2013 Global Corporate Sustainability Report, the UN Global Compact – the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with over 7,500 private sector participants globally – found that education is one of the business community’s top priorities.

The same message was echoed during the 2013 UN General Assembly Week and later in Davos in 2014.  And in PricewaterhouseCooper’s 14th Annual Global CEO Survey, 66% of CEOs reported that a lack of the right skills is their biggest talent challenge.  All of these signs point to the ever-increasing priority business is giving to education globally, particularly in developing and emerging economies.

The growing movement of businesses leaders supporting education is gaining momentum as the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) expands its community of businesses through the new GBC-Education #smartinvestment Network.

The Network brings together the leading members of the coalition and a growing network of new companies pledging to engage deeper in education in developing countries. The Network provides insight and curated content to inform business involvement in global education and connects companies through online webinars.

Over 50 organizations– including the Nike Foundation, Sumitomo Chemical, CA Technologies and Scholastic Inc. – are now part of the GBC-Education #smartinvestment Network.

Businesses in the network use their influence, core business, social responsibility, strategic investments, thought leadership, or philanthropy – in collaboration with companies, government, nonprofits and the educational community – to increase the number of children and youth who are in school and learning.

To join the network, businesses can contact [email protected]org  Companies wishing to lead through example and join GBC-Education’s circle of elite platinum, gold and silver members can learn more here.

Download The Smartest Investment to see how businesses have been successfully engaging in education.  The Framework is a joint initiative by UNESCO, UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.