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.
|Company ratings||Financial returns|
|Top 10 for quality education|
|Top 50 for quality education|
|S&P 500 Index|
|Bottom 50 for quality education|
|Bottom 10 for quality education|