Deloitte has built upon its 5 Million Futures responsible business programme, which aims to help five million people achieve access to education and employment, by partnering with 12 new charities in the UK.
The 12 new charities will join 10 charities who just renewed their existing partnerships with Deloitte. A key theme through many of the partnerships is to support children and young people, and six of the new charity partners are aligned to mental health and wellbeing. The remaining are aligned to homelessness, health, education, employment, and inclusion (disability, diversity, and social mobility).
Claire Burton, director of responsible business at Deloitte, said: “We invited our people across the UK to nominate a charity they felt passionate about to be a potential charity partner for the Deloitte region in which they work.
“After receiving over 200 nominations, we created a shortlist based on alignment to our social impact strategy of access to education, employment and inclusion, and invited each charity to apply. The final vote by our people was for the charity that they felt they could strongly support on a specific project or programme in their local area.”
She added: “Our goal is to break down barriers to education and employment, giving individuals the skills and opportunities to succeed. It is our pleasure to welcome these new charities, alongside our national charity partnerships, to our 5 Million Futures programme and further demonstrate our purpose to make an impact that matters.”
Dan Barlow, managing partner, Regional Markets at Deloitte UK, said: “Our people have identified organisations that are supporting some of the hardest to reach groups in society and we will help them access learning, skills and employment opportunities through volunteering, fundraising and pro bono business advice.
“Partnering with organisations and communities in the locations in which we operate is important to our people. Working with our charity partners not only gives our people the opportunity to support their communities, but it also helps us develop our skills and knowledge, enabling us to deliver more inclusive services to our clients.”
In May, 1,300 Deloitte volunteers took part in ‘Better Futures Month’- a month-long volunteering initiative that directly supports Deloitte’s ambition to build better futures across the UK through skills, education and employment.
The Big Four firm will also continue to work with its 33 school partnerships across the UK. Last year Deloitte pledged to donate 7,500 of its laptops to UK schools, charities and families.
The latest batch of more than 1,000 laptops have been donated to Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK to help families stay connected with loved ones, support access to education and employment and connect to communities in the UK and elsewhere.
Overall, Deloitte’s charity partnerships will support its WorldClass ambition to improve 100 million futures globally by 2030.