Tuesday 21 May 2019
The Forward Trust (Forward) are delighted to have been chosen as one of the social enterprise partners of Deloitte’s One Million Futures scheme, the firm’s social impact initiative.
The five year programme aims to help one million people get to where they want to be through access to education and employment. The initiative has already made an impact for over 475,000 people’s futures while contributing over £10 million to society1.
David Sproul, senior partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte UK, said: “Making an impact on one million futures was an ambitious target in just five years, but through the commitment and goodwill of our people, we are making a positive impact in society. Together we’ve delivered 74 pro bono projects - valued at £1.85 million, and our people have given over 67,000 hours. With partnerships from Aberdeen to Jersey, we are committed to changing people’s futures.”
Much of the impact to date has been delivered through partnerships with over 50 charities, social enterprises and schools across the UK. Initiatives have included nurturing individuals through mentoring and employability skills workshops through to supporting organisations with their strategic ambitions.
The new charity partnerships – of which Forward is one – will start on 1 June 2019 and will continue to focus on helping people get access to education and employment. Sproul continued: “Based on our experience of what works, these new and existing partnerships will enable our people to have an even greater impact in the communities in which we work. We have identified organisations that are supporting some of the hardest to reach groups in society and we will help them access learning and skills. Across our regions and nations, we are working with charities that are focused on having a positive impact in the local community. We are also refreshing our approach to working with social enterprises helping to focus accelerated business growth of ambitious and exciting social enterprises.”
To find out more about the One Million Futures scheme, please visit the Deloitte website here.
1. Data on the impact is collected and verified on an annual basis after 31 May each year, in line with Deloitte’s annual financial year calendar. Impact numbers in this press release are taken from year one and two of One Million Futures. Numbers for year three, which ends on 31 May 2019, will be available from September 2019.