Programmes by MIT Sloan, NYU Stern and most recently, Arizona State University combine with Deloitte’s own Learning and Development training to form a comprehensive suite of climate change and sustainability offerings for U.S. Deloitte professionals
NEW YORK, 4 Dec. 2023 - Deloitte today announced expanded collaborations with renowned academic institutions, including MIT Sloan School of Management, NYU Stern Executive Education and Centre for Sustainable Business and most recently, Arizona State University, to create a differentiated, integrated learning programme intended to enhance Deloitte professionals’ ability to help guide clients in identifying and engineering solutions to support what’s good for their business, people and the planet. Acknowledging the quickly evolving market and science that encompasses effective sustainability, climate and equity problem solving, Deloitte continues to advance its large-scale enhancement of these skills among its more than 150,000 professionals in the U.S. across its Consulting, Risk & Financial Advisory, Tax and Audit & Assurance businesses.
“As the economy continues to transition to a low-carbon future, there are an increasing number of our clients who are seeking to create new advantages,” said Steve Goldbach, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of sustainability, climate and equity at Deloitte US. “We are investing in this industry-leading learning programme so that our professionals can integrate our core capabilities with innovative thinking about sustainability. This is a key component of meeting our aspiration to be our clients’ first choice on sustainability."
As the need for sustainability literacy intensifies, these academic relationships are intended to further enrich Deloitte’s robust bench of learning and development capabilities. Deloitte recently launched Project 120, a $1.4 billion investment to fundamentally shift how the organisation designs, delivers and experiences learning and development in support of its business transformation. Additionally, Deloitte Global invested $1 billion in a sustainability and climate practice to expand and elevate its robust bench of learning and development capabilities in critical in-demand skills, such as sustainability literacy and green skills.
“It’s critically important that we elevate our learning and development programmes to stay ahead of the changing market, C-suite priorities and business demands," said Anthony Stephan, chief learning officer at Deloitte US. “Through these key investments and academic collaborations, we are accelerating the agility and innovation of learning and development at Deloitte to quickly upskill and reskill our people with the capabilities needed to more effectively address many of today's most pressing issues.”
Deloitte's sustainability, climate and equity learning and development initiatives showcase a continued, strong commitment to fostering a forward-thinking workforce, driven by professionals who actively seek to apply their knowledge to shape a more sustainable future.
Deloitte’s commitment to its people, clients and the planet is evident through the intersection of its strategic investments in learning and development, as well as sustainability, climate and equity capabilities. By reinforcing this intersection, Deloitte can further help its clients address some of their most significant challenges, helping to pave the way for transformative solutions and a more equitable and purposeful future.
Deloitte’s second annual Global Sustainability Learning Week, held 16-20 October, expanded upon the previous year’s inaugural initiative by not only engaging and developing its 457,000 people around the world, but also offering learning opportunities to Deloitte clients, suppliers and its wide network of ecosystem collaborators. The week-long experience served to expand and deepen participating professionals' education, by offering the opportunity to share strategies and lessons learnt in transitioning to a more sustainable future. Learning Week also aimed to mobilise professionals’ commitment and provide specific skillsets and knowledge to help collectively address sustainability challenges. To this end, Deloitte also launched a conversation series in advance of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP28) that focused on hard-to-abate and high-emitting sectors and the enabling role of hydrogen in an effort to exchange experiences and help accelerate progress toward decarbonisation.