Deloitte supports charity by developing employee training
Deloitte moves beyond traditional philanthropy to support Women in Africa.

Fuente:  Fecha: 15.03.2011

Deloitte supports charity by developing employee training

During Deloitte’s ‘Business in Society’ event, held on 10 March 2011, the partnership between Microloan and Deloitte was highlighted as a key example of how businesses should approach working with charities and supporting people within wider society.

Deloitte has been working with The MicroLoan Foundation, for almost a year to develop an accredited training programme for MicroLoan’s staff in sub-Saharan Africa. These employees provide microfinance (small loans of around £70), business education and ongoing personal mentoring to impoverished communities of women in Malawi, Zambia and Namibia, enabling them to start successful self-sustainable local businesses and rise out of poverty.

The relationship between Deloitte and Microloan was started through the global ‘Deloitte21’ programme, a series of initiatives preparing young people for economic success in the twenty first century. A network of ‘Deloitte21 Fellows’ drive these initiatives, with the MicroLoan Foundation promoted on behalf of Deloitte UK by Philippa Thompson, the UK firm’s first Deloitte21 Fellow.

Philippa Thompson commented: “I have been working with MicroLoan to improve the business skills of its field staff with the aim of increasing opportunities for career progression for MicroLoan employees and improving the businesses run by the women supported by MicroLoan. This in turn should increase the number of women able to afford to send their children to school, helping to break the cycle of poverty.

“It is clear that socially responsible companies are already moving beyond traditional philanthropy. Deloitte is focused on forming long term, sustainable relationships with charities to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges they face and to provide a lasting impact on local communities. Next year’s Deloitte21 Fellows will work with MicroLoan to implement the training programme and develop a nationally recognised qualification in microfinance.”

Deloitte and MicroLoan have developed a microfinance qualification, which is currently being piloted in Malawi, with the aim that this will be adopted as a Malawian qualification. To make this is a reality, the two organisations are now working towards attracting support and participation from further organisations in the UK and Africa.

“The opportunity for socio-economic improvement in many African countries is constrained education qualifications, and given that education beyond primary level is not provided for free, children from poorer families face limited employment options,” remarked Peter Ryan, Chief Executive, MicroLoan Foundation. “The partnership between MicroLoan and Deloitte addresses the issue by providing training and resources for MicroLoan’s African staff; increasing the charity’s professionalism and quality of services delivered, and in turn improving lives.”