Labor Rights: In the community 2007/2008
DTT member firms have a long tradition of actively supporting the communities where their professionals live and work. Each year thousands of DTT member firm employees around the world participate in various activities to support their communities and DTT member firms contribute financial and pro bono support to develop and sustain local communities. Below are select examples of member firm activities that support the advancement of labor rights.
Sponsorships, donations, and charity
- Last year, as part of a Deloitte UK employability initiative for 16- to 19-year-olds, Deloitte UK launched a "train the trainer" course for teachers who wish to develop the skills to deliver employability training. With an investment of £2.5 million between 2007 and 2011, the target is for Deloitte UK to fund the training of 800 new trainers and for these trainers in turn to deliver employability skills courses to up to 40,000 college students. Since the beginning of the program last year, good progress has been made with more than 200 teachers trained and more than 2,000 students having been through the course. In addition, some 250 Deloitte volunteers have supported courses by delivering workshops to students on key business skills. Nine Deloitte Employability Centers have also been appointed who will act as centers of excellence for the training in and delivery of Deloitte UK employability courses well beyond 2011.
- Deloitte Canada sponsors the Greater Toronto Area YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, presented annually to honor women who have made extraordinary contributions to improving the lives of women and girls. The Canadian member firm has also launched a Deloitte Start-Up Award, presented annually as part of the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards to women whose companies have been profitable for at least three years.
Pro bono services and volunteering
- At Deloitte South Africa, the Deloitte Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) in association with The Businesswomen's Association (BWA) and Business Partners are working together on the Succeed Program. Through multidisciplinary business advisory teams comprising both men and women, the Succeed Program provides mentoring to women entrepreneurs to increase the number of women-owned companies that remain in business.
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