Our WorldClass goal to impact 1 million futures by 2030
In FY19, Deloitte Australia helped 60,000 lives through our WorldClass impact program, almost double the number for the previous year. From lifting literacy levels for more than 23,000 school children in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and providing paid internships in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students, to mentoring skilled migrants on how to apply for jobs, Deloitte Australia has aligned much of our existing program with the global firm’s WorldClass ambition to positively impact 50 million futures by 2030.
The specific WorldClass focus areas are education, skills and opportunity. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds, WorldClass is seeking to provide people with the opportunities they need to find meaningful work in today’s accelerated, technology-driven economy.
A WorldClass Steering Committee, chaired by our Chief Human Resources Officer Sam Sheppard, has been set up to oversee Deloitte Australia’s efforts. These comprise a combination of short- and longer-term goals – via actions such as nurturing social leadership and building capacities – across our community, client and people categories.
Deloitte Australia’s WorldClass commitment is to improve the lives of 1 million people. The initiative’s global target is to reach 50 million people. Deloitte Asia Pacific – formed to create a professional services powerhouse in the region, made up of Deloitte firms in Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Taiwan – has set the target of helping 25 million futures (including Australia’s 1 million).
In FY19, we helped 60,000 lives through our WorldClass programs.
In FY19, Deloitte Australia’s WorldClass commitment and support of Oxfam also resulted in the firm:
Building climate change resilience in Bangladesh
By fundraising through emergency appeals and Trailwalker, we have enabled Oxfam to help 18,980 people in Bangladesh through its Resilience through Economic Empowerment, Climate Adaptation, Leadership and Learning (REE-CALL) project. It recognised the complex, interrelated issues of poverty and lack of agency that make women and men more vulnerable to climate change and prevent them being resilient in the face of its impacts. The program built knowledge and capacity within communities, to help people anticipate and cope with climate- and disaster-related challenges. It also promoted gender justice, good governance, access to services and economic empowerment as foundations for building improved disaster preparedness and resilience.
Our WorldClass targets are in line with the time frame for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, WorldClass supports the goals that focus on inclusive and equitable education and lifelong learning (SDG4), and sustained economic growth and decent work for all (SDG8).
Supporting women farmers in India
Through Deloitte’s contribution, Oxfam helped 548 people through the Gender Program in India. This program focuses on raising awareness in India to increase social and legal recognition of women as farmers. The goal is to improve women farmers’ access to markets and sustainable agricultural practices and technologies. It does this by first improving access to support services and economic opportunities for women and girls, including those affected by domestic violence and child marriage.
Students of the Kok Markets Library and Learning Centre share their literacy skills with guests.
Boosting literacy levels in Papua New Guinea
PNG’s 2015 census recorded the nation’s adult literacy rate as 63.4%. PNG is currently undergoing a ’youth bulge’, so the importance of educating its young people is greater than ever. In March 2019, dozens of local children in traditional dress attended Port Moresby’s Koki Markets Library and Learning Centre for an event to celebrate a A$50,000 Deloitte Australia donation to the charity Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP). The donation was part of the WorldClass impact program, which includes addressing the fact that there are 758 million illiterate adults around the world – including those in PNG. Deloitte’s contribution to BbP impacted 23,008 lives.
As Benjam Lee, Managing Partner, Deloitte PNG said: “We know the challenge of low literacy levels is a major barrier to PNG’s progress as a nation. Our young people are keen for the opportunity to go to schools and libraries to find out about the world so that they can be their best. Working with Buk bilong Pikinini, Deloitte is committed to helping facilitate teaching and learning.”
Peter Williams, Board Director of The Deloitte Foundation, told the gathering: “Buk bilong Pikinini stood out to us as the organisation with which Deloitte Australia could make the most positive impact through our WorldClass impact program. Through our community partnership with Buk bilong Pikinini, we hope to help thousands of PNG’s schoolchildren learn to read, write and prosper.”
The Deloitte donation enabled BbP to repair, maintain and run Port Moresby’s Koki Markets Library and Learning Centre for one year. It also provided funding for library kits for 10 local schools in PNG. Deloitte supplemented its contribution to BbP with an education device drive at the firm, in which our people donated and shipped 14 muchneed devices to BbP and its libraries. These combined efforts will aid literacy competencies for many thousands of PNG’s children.