The problem
Some 750 million adults (two thirds of them women) remained illiterate in 2016. In developed countries, the cost of post-secondary education, including mid-career education, continues to put millions in debt for decades after they leave their educational institution. More action is needed to enable everyone to achieve a basic education and pursue educational advancement throughout their lives. Corporations play a critical role in making this possible, including through their career development and benefits packages (which may include support for tuition reimbursement), charitable giving to education initiatives, and job opportunities created for low-skill or low-income individuals (which may allow them to pursue additional education)
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 206,068 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on quality lifelong education, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for quality lifelong education
Top 50 for quality lifelong education
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for quality lifelong education
Bottom 10 for quality lifelong education
Quality lifelong 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
Secondary education
quality education
lifelong learning
UN Sustainable Development Goal 4