Around 267 million young people worldwide were not in employment, education or training in 2019.(1) As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this figure looks set to rise. A recent report by Save The Children and UNICEF revealed that COVID-19 has triggered “an unprecedented socio-economic crisis" that could lead to millions more children living in poverty by the end of 2020.(2) There have also been calls to governments for a green recovery from the pandemic, with environmental issues a key focus.
Working in partnership with charities, community groups and other companies, our regional CSR strategy for EMEA consists of the three pillars shown in the illustration above: Financial education, Employability and Environment. Our CSR champions, mentors and other employee volunteers are key drivers for our programme.