Deloitte commits to improving one million lives

Deloitte has announced a five year social impact strategy designed to help improve the lives of one million people, by investing in a range of programmes that seek to raise aspirations, improve skills and develop leaders

Under the slogan, One Million Futures, the firm will work with more than 45 charities, schools and social enterprises across the UK. This will include supporting 27 education and employability charities and social enterprises across the UK through Deloitte’s society partners programme.

Deloitte employees will dedicate 250,000 hours of volunteer support, using their skills and experience to make a difference to the communities in which they work. This will include £4m in pro bono support for Deloitte’s society partners, who will receive access to professional skills and expertise on a voluntary basis. 

David Sproul, Deloitte’s senior partner and chief executive, said: ’The political events of the last year, both in the UK and globally, have shown us that many people believe they have been left behind by a system that doesn’t listen to them and only rewards the elite. 

‘This perceived lack of trust in the economic, political and business agenda must be restored, and it is critical we confront these challenges head-on.’

As part of the One Million Futures programme, the firm’s initiatives are designed to ensure that every year, approximately 200 students from schools in low-income communities will gain work experience at Deloitte through the firm’s ASPIRE programme. In addition, more than 500 students will receive mentoring from Deloitte volunteers in collaboration with education charity Teach First.

Each Deloitte office in the UK supports a local society partner, and the firm aims to raise £2m for this work through employee fundraising. The London office will support five society partners, with one allocated to each of Deloitte’s service lines: tax, consulting, audit, financial advisory and internal client services.

Sproul said: ‘By giving people the skills and opportunities they need to succeed, we can help them to overcome barriers to education and employment.  This will ensure we are helping to create a fairer society, one that focusses on improved social progress and inclusive growth.’

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