In a move to expand its Corporate Social Responsibility, Deloitte has combined its charity partnership and social innovation pioneers programmes into the ‘Society Partnership’ programme. The combined programme seeks to support charities and social enterprises whose aim is to improve the lot of the unemployed in the UK by raising aspirations, improving skills or developing leaders. The programme provides a range of pro bono benefits to partnered organisations.
As part of Deloitte’s drive to improve the social impact of its business operations, as well as positively impact the futures of millions seeking to become upwardly mobile, the firm has launched the Society Partnership programme. The programme, which includes the combination of the charity partnership and social innovation pioneers programmes, will see the firm provide support to 40 social enterprises and charity partners across the UK.
The theme of the new programme will be to that of creating and inspiring ‘One Million Futures’. Applicants for the programme will need to show how their work impacts employability, through raising aspirations, improving skills or developing leaders. The organisations selected to be partners in the programme will work with Deloitte to impact the futures of individuals across society and from a range of backgrounds, including young people, those not in employment or training, those who have been out of work due to illness or those transitioning between careers.
Among the charities Deloitte has recently supported are Mind (the firms partnered to develop a Workplace Wellbeing offer) and Alzheimer's Society, for which Deloitte completed a five year strategy review and developed an operational improvement plan.
The charity partners selected will gain support from all of Deloitte’s 31 UK offices, with each charity aligned to one of the firm’s regional offices, or one of the five London offices. Charity partners will receive access to fundraising support, will receive access to professional skills and expertise on a voluntary basis, as well as benefit from the opportunity to receive tailored pro-bono consulting.
Claire Burton, head of corporate responsibility at Deloitte, said: “We have set an ambitious target to focus our efforts on impacting one million futures and we are seeking innovative and exciting new society partners to help us achieve this in the UK. We are looking forward to seeing a broad range of organisations apply and working together to really make an impact that matters.”