The ESG era: “S” for social
The trilogy continues! This second story seeks shedding light over the social aspects of the ESG framework, which are as varied as the environmental ones.
March - SDG no. 4 “Quality education”
It is clear education must go hand-in-hand with other goals, such as to end poverty and ensure good health.
How we chose to shape our future generations is expressed in SDG number 4, highlighting the importance of promoting education in a sustainable way and integrating sustainable development into our mindset.
Progression is tied to education, empowering people to match their career to the aspirations both privately and on their workplace.
At the heart of SDG number 4 is the want to ensure that everyone has the same access to quality education and lifelong learning. Education, even basics such as reading and mathematics, is the key when it comes to escaping poverty and offering a way forward to sustainable development. Lack of (quality) education is a known problem in developing countries due to poverty and conflicts. At the same time there is a focus on having gender equality to ensure just as many girls attend school, as boys. This also encourages an increase in equality economically and in education at a later stage in life. We will have more on gender equality next month.
A dedication to increase the opportunities for quality education will also result in developing countries being able to compete with other educational institutions around the world.
Covid-19 has had a negative effect on SDG number 4. Many schools have closed for a period of time worldwide and students of all ages were sent home to receive online education, where it has been available. The consequences of the pandemic are not yet fully known but it may jeopardize hard won gains made in improving the global education situation. Although it may not all be negative, some youngsters have taken the time to learn other important roles around the home, which is just a different type of education. However, we do hope the situation will soon be normalized.
In Mazars, we invest in education of all employees. We help our people develop a true sense of purpose beyond their day-to-day through solidarity and sustainability initiatives, but also because as auditors and advisors we play a public interest role. We value independence, open-mindedness and looking to the future.
Our initiatives globally include, among others:
“As the first employer of thousands of fresh graduates, we take management education seriously, as many of them will progress to executive roles across all types of industries.”
– Laurent Choain, Chief People, Education & Culture at Mazars Group
Locally for Mazars in Denmark we have focused on:
We will keep contributing to better education by helping with opportunities, encouragement, and commitment. For us, work and education are meant to be fun.
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