An Untapped Force for Global Education: An exploration of small and medium enterprises

An Untapped Force for Global Education: An exploration of small and medium enterprises

An Untapped Force for Global Education: An exploration of small and medium enterprises

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Our research found that small businesses are playing an increasing role in supporting education in local communities and around the world, particularly for underserved students.

The study examines dozens of businesses in 18 countries, highlighting the role small and medium enterprises play in supporting education and the innovative ways in which they are engaging their consumers in the cause.

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent 90% of existing businesses, up to 70% of jobs and 40% of emerging economies’ GDPs.
  • SMEs are impacting millions of children through mentoring, tutoring, scholarships, support to afterschool programs, financial contributions, and pro bono support.

As countries and communities look towards economic recovery, the report highlights how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should be part of the solution to bridge the gap between education and employment.

The report recommends easy steps to get involved such as learning from other businesses’ experiences, working with suppliers or client companies, or supporting after-school programs.

Businesses: Sign the Education Pledge

Companies of all sizes are finding creative ways to end the global education crisis. You can join the movement of business leaders committing to support the next generation. By signing the pledge below, you will join our growing network of leaders taking a stand to make education a social impact priority area for their company.

Business Education Pledge

Complete this simple pledge form to receive invitations to events and networking opportunities along with access to new reports, tools, and resources to help turn your passion for education into impact.

“I support quality, inclusive and equitable education for every child. On current trends, more than half of all young people will not have basic skills by 2030.

Every child deserves the best start in life, a safe place to learn, and skills for the future – and everyone can find a way to make a contribution, no matter how big or small.

As a business leader, I will find ways to learn more and collaborate with others to advocate for education and support pro-education policies. And where possible, my business will find ways to provide funding, pro-bono or in-kind services, or volunteer in our community to support education.”

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Hear from Small Business Leaders

In this report launch event recording, lead researcher Edith Asibey shares insights from GBC-Education’s recent research and interviews three passionate SME leaders about their motivations, challenges, and aspirations related to supporting students and schools. The small business panel includes:

  • Edith Asibey, Asibey Consulting, United States
  • Belinda Borck, Tony’s Chocolonely, The Netherlands
  • Olasupo Abideen, OpabGas, Nigeria
  • Terrence Southern, HarozTec, United States

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