17 posts categorized "Education and skills"

October 01, 2015

A unique opportunity for the private sector: reflecting on United Nations General Assembly week

UngaI feel very proud and deeply privileged to have had an opportunity to represent Deloitte colleagues at a number of events coinciding with United Nations General Assembly week. It is a historic week for the United Nations, celebrating its 70th Anniversary and announcing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals point to a significant change at the United Nations. Unlike with the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations has recognized the importance of the private sector in the global development agenda. It can be seen not only in goal 17, which highlights the significance of partnerships, but also in the amount of side events during the week that included the private sector, such as the Solutions Summit. The discussions during these events sent a clear message – the private sector has a fundamental role to play in achieving the SDGs.

On Monday, 28th September, Deloitte hosted an event in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation, which brought together senior executives and social sector leaders to discuss how companies can incorporate social impact into their business in the context of the SDGs. It was an inspiring and insightful discussion, and I believe, one of many more to come. The private sector is increasingly engaged in delivering social impact, as Deloitte research “Driving corporate growth through social impact” published this week indicates. The research shows that with the changing global landscape, social impact plays an integral role in helping businesses remain competitive and find new growth opportunities. Creating a more just, sustainable, and prosperous future for all is now a business imperative, and the private sector is increasingly working together with governments and civil society on innovative, collaborative solutions to global challenges.

Pope Francis’ address to the General Assembly sent a powerful message about the urgency and importance of addressing societal and environmental issues. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited CEO Punit Renjen joined other business leaders in supporting Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. This encyclical highlights the increasing importance of addressing environmental and societal challenges created by climate change, and the role business can play by using innovation, scale, and entrepreneurial spirit to contribute to solutions.

Deloitte has a long history of collaborating across sectors to help drive global development efforts. One example is a project recently delivered pro bono with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, focused on strengthening the United Nations’ pipeline of diverse leaders for senior roles in the humanitarian and development sectors.

I believe the celebrations during United Nations General Assembly week marked a truly historic moment towards a better world, but this is just the beginning. The private sector has been actively engaged in the development and the adoption of the sustainable development agenda, and many business leaders see societal impact as integral to their business strategy, in a way I have never seen before. Achieving the SDGs will require continued commitment, focused action, innovation, and collaboration. I look forward to contributing to this journey over the next 15 years of their implementation.

Chip-cottrellJames “Chip” Cottrell is a partner in with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S. and China and a UK Chartered Accountant as well as Chartered Global Management Accountant. Chip has served as the functional leader of Deloitte’s U.S. Federal practice and currently serves as the Deloitte Global Lead Client Service Partner for the United Nations system as well as a co-chair of a United Nations Global Compact Committee on Anti-Corruption.

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September 21, 2015

Celebrating the United Nations’ Global Goals: driving innovation and collaboration


This week, world leaders are coming together at the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will guide and catalyze worldwide development efforts over the next 15 years. This is a key opportunity for the United Nations Member States, civil society, and the private sector to come together and align efforts to address the biggest global challenges. I am excited to participate in the events that will convene leaders from different sectors to celebrate the adoption of the United Nations’ Global Goals, and to collaborate on innovative new solutions to drive positive change in achieving the Post-2015 agenda.

Deloitte has long been committed to addressing global issues. It is part of Deloitte’s culture, and an illustration of our Purpose–to make an impact that matters. With the Post-2015 agenda, this commitment is unwavering. I believe that only through innovative approaches, identifying solutions that can be scaled, and collaborating across sectors and borders that countries and organizations can truly achieve sustainable development. Today’s innovative solutions cut across the traditional boundaries separating non-profits, government, and for-profit businesses. The private sector has an opportunity, and a responsibility, to make a powerful contribution. 

Deloitte invests in numerous programs and initiatives to improve our own sustainability and contribute to driving societal impact, and many of these align to the SDGs, for example:

Goal #4 Quality education
Since 2009, Deloitte has been committed to identifying and investing in innovative solutions that enhance access to education and skills building for young people. In the past three years alone, programs supported by Deloitte member firms have reached more than one million young people, and annually these firms have invested an aggregate of approximately US$50 million towards educational initiatives.

Goal #5 Gender equality
A priority for Deloitte is attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing women to leadership positions. Deloitte supports the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP). This year, in recognition of proactive commitment to gender equality, Deloitte Canada CEO Frank Vettese received a WEP Leadership Award. Many Deloitte member firms, from the Middle East, to the US and beyond, have programs focused on gender equality. Deloitte US CEO Cathy Engelbert’s appointment as the first female CEO of a major accounting and consulting firm in the US illustrates the inclusiveness of Deloitte’s own culture.

Goal #13 Protect the planet
In response to climate change risks, many member firms have focused on reducing impacts through environmental programs and employee engagement. A number of Deloitte member firms have established absolute or intensity carbon reduction targets for operations to sharpen their focus on achieving lower greenhouse gas emissions. Deloitte’s largest opportunities for protecting the planet, however, result from the work of more than 800 sustainability specialists across the Deloitte network helping member firm clients transition to sustainable business models and practices.

I am also focused on supporting Deloitte to play its part within this initiative through the work our member firms do for their clients. Deloitte helps clients solve challenging problems, and the United Nation’s Global Goals are no exception. We bring to bear the skills of some of the world’s brightest minds from across the global network to work on all areas of the sustainable development goals, and to make an impact that matters. One example of how we make a positive impact in society is through the Deloitte Humanitarian Innovation Program. Professionals of Deloitte member firms collaborate with the humanitarian organizations, combining their diverse skills and expertise to co-create and implement innovative solutions to enhance the sector’s ability to prepare for, and respond to humanitarian crises.

How we collaborate across sectors on innovative solutions, and how our member firms help clients will determine where the Deloitte network can have the most impact. Living our Purpose, and encouraging clients to be purpose driven by delivering on the SDGs in all areas of their business, and collaborating across sectors so they can grow, is how Deloitte plans to respond in substantive ways to the Post-2015 Agenda.


David Pearson is the Chief Sustainability Officer for DTTL. Dave leads innovative programs which demonstrate Deloitte’s commitment to driving societal change and promoting environmental sustainability. Collaborating with government, non-profit organizations, and civil society, the Deloitte network is designing and delivering solutions that contribute to a sustainable and prosperous future for all. Dave has more than 20 years’ experience in both public accounting and private industry. From 2007–2011 he served as CEO of Deloitte CIS, which covers 11 countries in the former Soviet Union.

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January 28, 2014

Davos 2014: Optimism with a healthy dose of reality

Post-davos photoWith economic recovery seeming to finally take hold this year, I was not surprised that many of the Davos 2014 speakers sounded a positive note for the future. Nowhere was this more evident than in the remarks from country leaders. But these leaders understood that there is still a lot of work to be done—and it was striking how in sync they were when it came to the challenge going forward: building and sustaining growth.

South Korea is focusing on entrepreneurship and building a “creative economy,” where individuals are encouraged to start businesses and put “innovation into action,” according to President Park Geun-hye. Similarly, Liberia is making strategic investments in education and focusing on public-private partnerships to spur the rise of small and medium businesses. Mexico is working to promote start-ups by reforming fiscal policies to allow greater access to credit.

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February 13, 2013

Looking to the future: Young scholars awarded global opportunity

Blog_stackedbooks_300x200On February 13, Professor Donna Street, Mahrt Chair in Accounting at the University of Dayton and IAAER Director of Research and Education Activities, and I launched the new Deloitte IAAER Scholarship program. By connecting young professors to the global accounting profession and academic world, the program should bring a broader perspective to local accounting education. It provides the link between “local” and “global” accounting developments, reflecting the global progression of the profession and business in general--a path that will continue into the future.

The Deloitte IAAER scholarship program will benefit future accounting professionals who go on to become auditors, preparers of financial statements, budget holders, or financial controllers, just to name a few. In the long term it will help raise the quality of accounting, auditing and financial reporting in markets around the world.

I want to share with you an interview with Donna  as she shares her thoughts on the program, as well as the views of the five young associate professors who are the inaugural Deloitte IAAER scholars.

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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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February 04, 2011

Crossing borders through global investment and education

It is with great pride each year that Deloitte is represented by a delegation of leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other influencers of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

This year, Barry Salzberg, CEO, Deloitte LLP, and Robert Kimmitt, Independent Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cross-Border Investment, provided their thoughts from Davos on important issues around cross-border investment and global education initiatives covered at this year’s Forum. We are pleased to share the perspectives of these two leaders from this important world event.

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1:14 - Barry Salzberg on his impressions of Davos this year

2:19 - Bob Kimmitt's takeaways from Davos

3:39 - Barry asks Bob: How has the nature of cross-border investment changed as a result of the global power balance shift?

4:35 - Barry asks Bob: How should companies prepare to execute a cross-border investment?

6:08 - Barry asks Bob: What new cross-border investment models have emerged as a result of the global financial crisis?

6:45 - Bob asks Barry: How do we ensure our young talent force has the skills to compete in the global marketplace of the future?

10:38 - Bob asks Barry: How can businesses, governments, and academia work to combat the talent challenge?

14:21 - Bob asks Barry: What can businesses do internally to develop leaders of the future?