31 posts categorized "Corporate Responsibility"

June 21, 2012

Ready Set Go! Rio+20 starts

Green bottlesAnd so it starts!  What an especially exciting time to be in Rio de Janeiro!  I am here for some of the numerous events being held over the next few days in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the original Rio summit on the environment held here in 1993.  In fact, this week's much-anticipated event has been given the catchy name of "Rio+20," because of this milestone year.  The more formal name is the United Nations Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum and it kicks off this evening with an opening ceremony and reception.

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June 20, 2012

Rio+20: Deloitte + Me, Contributing to the global sustainability dialogue

Rio de JaneiroThe world is quite literally coming together in Rio for a few days 20-22 June to build consensus on a more sustainable course for our planet.  The unifying event is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which has a much more catchy title: Rio+20.

Organized by the United Nations, Rio+20 will enable thousands of government participants as well as many from the private sector—including Deloitte—to play a critical role in creating some innovative business solutions with long-lasting social and environmental impact. A related event being held in Brazil’s second largest city in the days leading up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development is the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, which will focus more on the business contribution to sustainable development.  The number “20” is a reference to the years since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio where many countries rallied for the first time around a blueprint for economic growth that would consider social equity and environmental issues. 

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January 25, 2012

Business leaders and ‘Millennials’ agree – the purpose of business is more than just profit

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The 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum opened today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Being here in Davos is exhilarating and inspiring – and the time always flies by so quickly.

One of the highlights of the day for me was taking part in a panel discussion chaired by London Business School professor Lynda Gratton. We discussed how the art and science of leadership are fundamentally changing in the 21st century. Another highlight today was helping lead discussion with other Forum delegates in a brainstorming session on the topic of the role of business in society.

These are subjects I feel strongly about. Earlier this week, Deloitte announced the results of a global survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), of business leaders’ attitudes on the purpose, impact, and leadership of business on society.

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November 30, 2011

Mobilizing healthcare resources – TUNAJALI “We Care” program

TUNAJALI The TUNAJALI "We Care" program is an initiative supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, through USAID, to assist the Government of Tanzania. Deloitte Tanzania implements the TUNAJALI HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Program in collaboration with Family Health International and Cardno Emerging Markets, and this was  one of several client case studies recently highlighted in the Deloitte 2011 Annual Review.

It has been scientifically proven that the virus that causes AIDS, HIV, continuously mutates. Full adherence to HIV treatment is key to suppressing the spread of HIV. Poor adherence to HIV treatment has the dangerous potential of generating drug-resistant HIV viral strains, which could subsequently be transmitted.

People living with HIV/AIDS (PLIV) on anti-retroviral therapies (ART) must take medication daily for the rest of their lives. The TUNAJALI program experience shows that these patients are highly motivated to take medication initially, but that that changes over time. After nearly three years of treatment, some supported Care and Treatment Clinics (CTC) started experiencing notable losses of patients on ART. Some of the high volume (over 5,000 patients) at CTC sites were reporting Lost-to-Follow-up (LTF) patients between 30- to 40 percent of their enrolled PLHIV. A patient is considered LTF after two to three attempts to contact them within a three-month time period have failed. This raised serious concerns about long-term patient adherence to medication. It was clear efforts had to be made to identify the “lost” patients and to take reasonable steps to prevent “losses” of patients in the future.

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September 21, 2011

Deloitte21 program e-Learning for Kids and e-Learning for Life: Founding dreams through free digital education

High school students in Kosovo participating in the e-Learning for Kids curriculum.

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What chances does a young person have nowadays without a good education? In a world where quality education is taken for granted in order to have well-being and prosperity we’re not always aware that this is not the case for everyone. Worldwide, there are still millions of youths who will not achieve their dreams of becoming, for example, a nurse, entrepreneur, police officer, or engineer, let alone a Nobel Prize winner simply because of a lack of good education. These young people may not be gaining computer literacy, teamwork skills, and the ability to solve problems, local or global, in a creative and innovative way. Or, they may even work long hours in factories to earn little money, survive in dangerous warzones, or live in remote areas where schooling is unavailable. Because of these circumstances, the goal of a prosperous future seems unattainable.

Who are e-Learning for Kids and e-Learning for Life, and what do we do?

We are here for every child and young adult with a dream. Since the end of 2004, e-Learning for Kids and e-Learning for Life have been developing free, digital, and innovative lessons for underprivileged children and teens, advancing young people’s 21st-century skills-readiness on a global scale. We see ourselves as a foundation that helps young people realize their dreams by preparing them for successful futures. Through our programs, young people enjoy working and playing on the computer. Our digital lessons are designed to inspire learning in a fun way. It is our belief that every young person deserves a chance to reach his or her full potential.

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August 01, 2011

Deloitte21: Helping underserved young people thrive

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Barry Salzberg, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, enthusiastically shares his thoughts on Deloitte21, a Deloitte network-wide global initiative aimed at helping underserved young people acquire the education and skills needed to thrive in the 21st-century economy.

“The world is currently facing a growing talent gap between what potential workers are learning and the actual skills needed to thrive today and in the future.”

“It is imperative for businesses worldwide to recognize this void and take action toward adequately preparing young people for a knowledge-based economy.”

-Barry Salzberg, CEO, DTTL

0:06 - What is Deloitte21?
1:43 - How is the Deloitte global network taking action and what is unique about its approach?

        

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July 18, 2011

Bridging the digital divide: Deloitte21 program Close the Gap

Young students in Uganda using computers provided by Close the Gap International, a Deloitte21 programIn 2003, I founded Close the Gap International, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to bridge the digital divide by providing refurbished computers and information technology (IT) equipment to educational programs in developing, and more recently, in developed countries. Our objective is to improve the lives of underserved young people by providing them access to IT equipment, and by extension, computer literacy skills and information via the Internet that they would not otherwise have access to. 

In the industrialized world, computers are replaced every three to four years, meaning that companies are increasingly looking for sustainable ways to replace their used devices. At the same time, millions of computers are needed, particularly in developing countries. Recognizing this cycle, Close the Gap created a win-win situation. By supplying developing countries with high-quality, refurbished IT equipment that’s donated by companies in Western countries, Close the Gap creates practical, social and sustainable solutions that enable people to bring about a true change in their lives through the use of IT.

Through 2010, Close the Gap collected more than 160,000 computers from donors in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, and the Netherlands. These devices are being used in learning centers in sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia,  Latin America, and also more recently in employability programs in Belgium, France,  Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

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June 08, 2011

The Deloitte21 Challenge: Innovating to change lives


As you may have read in Julie Engerran’s recent blog post, Deloitte21 represents a far-reaching commitment by Deloitte member firms to change the lives of thousands of underserved young people across the globe. Through Deloitte21, Deloitte leaders and professionals contribute their time and expertise to nonprofit programs that provide access to the education and skills necessary for success in the 21st-century economy.

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May 31, 2011

Deloitte21: Equipping young people to thrive in the 21st-century

Deloitte France professionals engage with Sarcelle High School students in “The Winning Twinning,” a Deloitte21 program helping underserved secondary school students improve educational achievement.Learn more about Deloitte’s education and skills initiatives

Fundamental shifts have been shaping the 21st-century workplace: developing countries such as India, China, and Brazil have joined the world stage; technology has become inherently intertwined with daily routines; and the global economy has moved from a labor-based system to one dependent on education and knowledge.  These changes have highlighted the inequalities in access to education, and shown how necessary an educated workforce is to the health of global and national economies.  They’re also showing how a lack of access to quality education in both developing and developed countries is creating a global talent shortage.

Expectations for the classroom have also shifted. Schools must expose young people to the critical thinking skills that will allow them to be successful members of the 21st-century workforce.  Opening doors to new opportunities and developing responses to the many challenges facing our world requires that we equip young people to innovate, solve problems, work across cultures, and collaborate on teams.

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April 12, 2011

Why WEP matters: The UN Women’s Empowerment Principles – one year later

Blog_pellegrino_WEPIt is a universal maxim that there is strength in numbers. While it’s great when one company commits to investing in women—it’s even better when that number is 170. That’s how many CEOs have now signed the United Nation’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP). And as evidenced by the UN’s one-year commemoration of the launch of WEP last month, that number seems likely to grow.

This event, where I participated as a panelist, took the importance of WEP to a new level. More than 150 executives attended the conference, from such well-known companies as Banco de Brasil, Calvert Asset Management, and Novo Nordisk. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, himself opened the meeting—and there were nearly as many men as women in attendance.

All of this underscored a palpable sense of urgency that seemed to pervade the conference. An urgency that the time to invest in women is now. Not in a year or two when the economy recovers. Not when the dust settles after various laws and regulations take effect, but now. If you want to grow your economy or business and stay competitive, you need to start taking the role of women in organizations and in leadership roles more seriously—and focus on intentional change.

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