The problem
More than 260 million children aged 6 to 17 remain out of school, and more than half of children are not meeting global minimum proficiency standards. Around the world, more than 700 million adults are illiterate (two-thirds of them women). The cost of education (both primary and secondary) continues to prevent many from attending school, or puts them in debt for decades. More action is needed to enable children and adults to pursue an education and advance their economic mobility through education. Corporations can play an important role in this effort, including by driving economic growth (education infrastructure and opportunities usually follows economic growth), paying a fair share of taxes (which often fund education), supporting employees returning to school (such as through tuition reimbursement), supporting a work/life balance that allows parents to be involved in their child's education, and charitable giving to schools and school-focused organizations
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 101,527 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on quality education, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for quality education
Top 50 for quality education
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for quality education
Bottom 10 for quality education
Quality education has a slight positive correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform better in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
Primary school
early childhood education
quality education
secondary education
quality education
lifelong learning
UN Sustainable Development Goal 4