The problem
More than 250 million children ages 6 to 17 do not attend school, and more than half of children are not meeting global minimum proficiency standards. Rapid technological changes present opportunities for primary education, but the learning environment, capacities of teachers and quality of education have not kept pace. Refocused efforts are needed to improve learning outcomes for children, especially girls and marginalized populations in vulnerable settings (such as refugee children). Corporations must play a role in these efforts, including by driving economic growth (education infrastructure usually follows economic growth), paying a fair share of taxes (which fund primary education), supporting a work/life balance that allows parents to be involved in their child's education, making charitable donations to schools and school-focused organizations, and involvement with local schools
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 54,442 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on quality primary education, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for quality primary education
Top 50 for quality primary education
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for quality primary education
Bottom 10 for quality primary education
Quality primary 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
UN Sustainable Development Goal 4