Deloitte launches WorldClass initiative in India to support 10 million girls

Through WorldClass in India, new ties with organizations will be forged to accelerate solutions for supporting girls and women

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Feb 25, 2019 3:46 PM Updated: Feb 25, 2019 3:46 PM
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Deloitte, one of the largest professional services organisation, has announced the launch of its global initiative ‘WorldClass’ in India, which aims to support 10 million girls and women by 2030 through education and skills development. 

The initiative was launched by Deloitte’s Global CEO Punit Renjen in New Delhi. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, was also present on the occasion.

Globally, WorldClass initiative seeks to prepare 50 million people to be better equipped for the future of work, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Through WorldClass in India, new partnerships with organizations that share Deloitte’s vision will be launched to accelerate solutions that work supporting girls and women. Two of those organizations are Katha and Pratham, which are improving the learning outcomes of millions of children and young people in schools and communities across India.

Commenting on the launch of WorldClass in India, Punit Renjen, Global CEO, Deloitte, said, “Our goal with WorldClass is to empower 50 million people globally by 2030, by providing them access to the education and skills required to find meaningful work in the new economy. The world is on the brink of a seismic shift with the emergence of the Industry 4.0 wave, and to thrive in it, we must work together so that no one is left behind. This will enable more people to access opportunities and the communities where they live to prosper. Across India, almost 40 per cent of girls aged 15-18 years drop out of school and college, and only 26 per cent of women are employed. There is a tremendous opportunity to make a meaningful impact and create pathways for women of all ages to fulfil their aspirations.”

“With our investments in the community, we aim to support the economic empowerment of women which is often a catalyst for long-term sustainable change. We are committing to help those who are left behind, develop skills required for new and better opportunities,” he added.

A Deloitte India spokesperson said, “As one of the emerging economies on the world stage today, India’s demographic dividend forms an integral component of its growth story. The task of harnessing its power has to be fuelled by the private sector. As part of Deloitte’s WorldClass initiative for India, we aim to invest in accelerating high impact solutions, promoting cross-sector collaboration with corporates, government, and non-profits—to bridge the gap between the learnings and skills people have and the skills employers need.”

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