Learn from Leaders Making a Difference on SDG 4 – Education

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In week 4, GSC explores SDG 4 which calls to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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The Global Challenge: Why Take Action?
In developing countries around the world, 57 million children are not enrolled in school. Even when they do attend school, many students do not learn to read and write, or the skills they gain do not match workplace needs. To date, much private investment in education has been small, short-term, uncoordinated and unequally distributed.
Your Business Opportunity
A lack of relevant skills in the supply chain deprives businesses of the talent they need. Education can unleash the skills, talent and ingenuity needed for the private sector to thrive. A more educated workforce also leads to greater disposable income for consumer spending. It is in the vital interest of each business entity to actively participate in increasing literacy, and a broad range of other learning and educational opportunities, in areas they operate in, as the foundation for future growth.
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Take Action on Goal 4 and Make a Difference
Identify Communities in your Supply Chain
Facing Education Challenges
CIA FactBook CIA Factbook
The CIA World Factbook shows the public expenditure on education as a percent of GDP for each country in your supply chain.
UN Human Development Report
Use this index to see how each country ranks on expected years of schooling.
Learn from Leaders Making a Difference with
Access to Education (SDG 4)
grupoASSA Grupo ASSA
Grupo ASSA, a firm specializing in digital business transformation, considers education a tool for equitable development. gA’s ‘Fostering a Future’ initiative aims to coach young school-leavers as they enter the job market, providing tools to improve their chances for employment and further education, using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). gA worked with Cimientos y Fundación Evolución to design the program, also taking advantage of gA’s specialized knowledge.
Nordea Bank Nordea Bank
Nordea builds skills in personal finance as part of its sustainability strategy. The Sweden-based financial group reports that employees volunteered for over 5,200 hours in 2015, teaching financial skills throughout the Nordics. Its efforts to engage with schools earned Nordea an award from Finance Norway, the country’s financial industry organization. Nordea reports that young people in Norway have low and declining mathematical skills, and feel they have insufficient knowledge about the economy, leaving them ill equipped to become critical consumers. Learn more about Nordea’s schools-based financial education programmes and partnerships with other organizations, in Nordea’s 2015 sustainability report. Other banks undertaking financial literacy programs include Old National and Voya Financial.
Science needs women - LOreal L’Oreal
L’Oréal and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) became the first signatories of a manifesto for women in science. Jean-Paul Agon, Chair and CEO of L’Oréal, said “Women and their discoveries are needed in our fast changing world as never before.”
The Manifesto @4womeninscience calls to encourage girls to explore scientific career paths, promote mentoring for young scientists, and take other actions to support careers for women in research and the sciences.
MS Youth Spark Microsoft
Microsoft is working to increase access to computer science education through its global YouthSpark initiative. Microsoft partners with non-profit organizations, schools, governments and other businesses to make computer science education courses, trainings and resources available “no matter where you live or what your background is,” so everyone can learn computational thinking and problem-solving skills.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on education and learning can help leverage the experience, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Mobile Learning Week Mobile Learning Week
UNESCO served as the host of this year’s Mobile Learning Week, which shed light on ways to leverage mobile technology to foster innovation in the education sector and assure high-quality learning opportunities for all people. Intel, Microsoft, HP, Facebook were among the sponsors and supporters of MLW 2016.
Teach for America Teach for America
Teach for America works to ensure that kids living in poverty get an excellent education, by selecting recent college graduates to teach in urban or rural schools for two years. Partners, like State Farm and American Eagle Outfitters, can help build marketing campaigns, organize strategic giving, and undertake employee engagement, among other ways to contribute.
US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SIF)
US SIF’s Center for Sustainable Investment Education provides investment professionals with resources on sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investment. It includes: an introductory online course, fact sheets, information on community investing, thematic handbooks on individual issue areas, and biennial trends reports and other research.
Join the Sustainable Sourcing Community:
Become a GSC Member to Drive Results
Download 17/17 Prospectus As a GSC member, you will gain global exposure for your sustainability efforts and benefit from the ability to demonstrate leadership, educate and inspire more action in sourcing, supply chains and procurement.
As part of your GSC membership, you will also have the opportunity to communicate your SDG support of the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs initiative and sponsor the 3S Awards.
Highlight your Work for Education in Sourcing:
Apply Today for 2016 3S Awards
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier providing educational and learning opportunities in your community? Do you know of others’ educational challenges in their supply chains?
Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
Fundacion Paraguaya Video 3S Award 2015 Honorable Mention:
Fundación Paraguaya: Financially Self-Sustainable Secondary School in Rural Areas
In the Fundación Paraguaya’s innovative model, students from poor, rural areas run and operate the school as part of their business skills education. This makes the school financially self-sufficient, requiring no additional government/donor funding, cutting the cost of attendance and removing a common barrier to entry to receiving quality education.
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Attend an Upcoming Event on Sustainable Business and SDGs
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  • UN Global Compact webinar with GSC: Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (April 14, virtual)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) event: Why are the SDGs Relevant for the Private Sector? (April 22, Geneva)
  • CSR Certificate Program (Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute (April 27-28, Newark, NJ)
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