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(Marketwired) - AT&T* is planning a career mentoring program for secondary school students across Europe to help them succeed after they leave school. The company has contributed $116,000 to Young Enterprise, the enterprise education charity, to identify schools in France, Germany, Slovakia, The Netherlands and the UK, as well as Israel.
AT&T employee volunteers and Young Enterprise will lead custom master classes about future study, career options, personal goal statements and interview techniques. Where possible, students will gain work experience through job shadowing with AT&T employees.
The program is similar to AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy, which gives AT&T employees in the U.S. the opportunity to mentor students across the country. Junior Achievement (JA), the sister organization of Young Enterprise, is one of the non-profits working with Aspire Mentoring Academy.
Aspire Mentoring Academy is part of AT&T Aspire, the company's signature philanthropic initiative. AT&T Aspire helps young people in the U.S. complete secondary school and prepare for continued study and careers.
"I understand the value and insight mentoring offers as I have benefited from mentors guiding me throughout my career at AT&T," said Alex Parker, vice president, Global Service Management, AT&T. "It's exciting that we have the chance to inspire young people in Europe and share our knowledge about the business world."
The initiative follows successful AT&T pilot programs with secondary school students in the UK and France. Eighteen students participating in a United Way France 'Success at School' program took part in a day mentoring program at AT&T's Paris office. In the UK, AT&T volunteers guided students in future study and career option workshops from Westminster City School, London and St. Augustine's Catholic High School, Redditch, Worcestershire.
Seven students from Westminster City School shadowed AT&T employees for two weeks and attended customer meetings. For the final, the students were challenged to deliver an 'RFP' (Request for Proposal) presenting an AT&T service to their mentors who posed as AT&T customers.
These programs will continue in the UK alongside similar new initiatives across Europe. AT&T has more than 5,000 employees in 30 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In Slovakia, AT&T and JA recently held a conference on management skills for nearly 100 high school students at the Technical University, Kosice. The December 2013 event gave insight into the operations and project management skills required by businesses so attendees could apply them to their own student companies.
AT&T and Young Enterprise/JA have begun similar programs in Asia Pacific and Latin America.
"We are delighted to be working with AT&T," said Michael Mercieca, chief executive officer of Young Enterprise. "With youth unemployment at unacceptably high levels across Europe, the work AT&T is doing to help students develop their key employability skills for when they enter the workforce is essential and is making a big difference to the students involved."
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About Young Enterprise
- Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom's largest business and enterprise education charity. Every year Young Enterprise helps 250,000 young people learn about business and the world of work in 5,000 schools, colleges and universities under the guidance of volunteers from 3,500 companies.
- Website: www.young-enterprise.org.uk
- Follow Young Enterprise on Facebook www.facebook.com/YoungEnterpriseUK; Twitter: @youngenterprise; or YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EyLTBoiM2o
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Out Of The Box Collective (outoftheboxcollective.com), a leading farm to table home delivery company for Southern California, announced today that the company has become a Certified B Corporation. B Corp status allows a company to harness the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It also gives Out Of The Box a range of tools to measure, compare and improve its social and environmental performance as it continues to grow.
“We’re thrilled to join the B Corp movement: it was the actual percentage of the food and wine we deliver that’s local and organically produced that drove our certification, and we’re proud of this achievement,” says Jennifer Piette, founder of Out Of The Box. “We’ve worked hard to gain the trust of the people we work with and who work with us, and we became a B Corp in order to build a deeper trust with our existing and future customers, suppliers and employees as with potential investors. Being a B Corp is a great way to keep standards high and to raise the bar so that the company does better and better as it scales.”
Certified B Corporations have to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests: there are more than 750 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 27 countries.
“Out of the Box wants to get customers back into the kitchen with local or fair trade, nutrient-dense and sustainably produced food,” comments Jennifer Piette. “We want to promote fair working practices along the whole supply chain from the farm to the table. We want to support local producers, and if an ingredient is not available locally, we turn to Fair Trade, supporting the larger community. We want to be cleaner on the climate than we already are, more energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint even as we grow. B Corp status is going to keep us on our toes and ensure we deliver what we set out to do.”
Out Of The Box Collective delivers a full range of organic and sustainably produced food and wine direct to customers’ doorsteps – via its own delivery van and via Amazon Fresh. The company offers customers the convenience of set boxes including all the ingredients for up to a week’s worth of meals, accompanied by chef-created recipes to support them in the kitchen. Additionally, customers have the flexibility to create their own boxes. In parallel, Out of the Box has a separate storefront for mail order nationwide, delivering shelf-stable artisan-made pantry items.
The company is part of the Slow Money movement and is proud to be working with non-profit PathPoint, which provides comprehensive training and support services to empower people with disabilities or disadvantages to live and work as valued members of our communities.
“Out Of The Box Collective is proud to be a member of the growing community of B Corp businesses,” says Jennifer Piette. “This certification allows us to focus further on breaking the mould of traditional corporations, helps us think out of the box ourselves, about our social and environmental impact, and sets us ongoing operational and performance goals for us to achieve as our business continues to grow.”
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H&M has announced its commitment to the Business Call to Action (BCtA) as part of its goal to make continuous and lasting improvements for the garment industry in Bangladesh. The company will invest in skills training which will benefit an estimated 5,000 individuals by 2016.
H&M plays an important role in Bangladesh’s economy and is committed to practices which not only improve incomes for local workers, but also those which will benefit women in the region. The company’s initiative as a member of the BCtA is to create a Skill Development Centre of Excellence to help raise the levels of vocational training and provide certificates which in turn help increase productivity, as well as the long term employability of industry workers. If successful, the retailer also plans to establish a certified and replicable model for training and support for skilled labor within the export Ready Made Garment (RMG) industry.
“We are pleased to announce our partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Swedish Development Agency (SIDA) at the BCtA platform as another step in our commitment to support long term social development in Bangladesh. The training will raise the workers’ level of education, provide them with skills required for development of the industry and increase their employability,” says Helena Helmersson, Global Head of Sustainability at H&M.
“Through its expertise and focus on long-term sustainability, H&M’s focus on skills and development training, ensuring better workplace conditions and social dialogue in countries like Bangladesh is a win-win for all. The Business Call to Action (BCtA) welcomes companies such as H&M that support women and work to address gaps in skills training in an effort to develop business models with a positive impact on people living in poverty,” said Sahba Sobhani, Programme Manager for the Business Call to Action.
Business Call to Action is a global initiative that challenges companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for development impact along with commercial success. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, UK Department for International Development, US Agency for International Development, United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Global Compact, and the Clinton Global Initiative to meet the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Companies report on progress toward commitments on an annual basis. To learn more, please visit www.businesscalltoaction.org or join the conversation on Twitter at @BCtAInitiative.