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A global crisis in education is threatening social stability and economic progress. Around the world, two hundred million people are unemployed, while nearly 60 percent of CEOs report that a shortage of skilled labor is holding back their company’s growth. Not only are schools failing to equip students with the 21st century skills they need for employment, but, at the most basic level, 250 million primary school students worldwide cannot even read and write. While governments, nonprofits, and school leaders have long struggled to overcome these challenges, they have had limited success.

Shared value defines a new role for business in helping to overcome the global education crisis. Companies have the scale, human capital, financial resources, technologies, and political influence to help improve educational outcomes and cultivate the skills needed for successful careers. By aligning profit with purpose, companies can become essential partners for schools, nonprofits, and governments, while simultaneously discovering new ways to increase their productivity, strengthen industry clusters, and expand their markets.

The Shared Value Initiative and FSG are partnering with corporate, nonprofit, education, and government leaders around the world to help them create greater shared value in education worldwide through new business models, research, knowledge-sharing, and cross-sector collaborations. To learn more, contact Kate Tallant at kate.tallant@fsg.org.  


Featured Resources

RESEARCH: The New Role of Business in Global Education
Read FSG’s seminal article on how companies can create shared value in education.


ARTICLE: Roundtable on Shared Value in Education
Summary of key learnings from the Shared Value Initiative’s CEO roundtable on education at the World Economic Forum 2014.


INFOGRAPHIC: The New Role of Business in Global Education
Quick takeaways from FSG’s research on shared value creation in education.



Featured Videos

The Path Forward with Professor David L. Kirp, University of California Berkeley and Creating Shared Value in Education with Mark Kramer, FSG

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Incorporating Learning Outcomes into Business Goals with John Fallon, Pearson

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A Call to Action with Bill Goodwyn, Discovery education; Jamie McAuliffe, Education for Employment; Dr. Juan “Kiko” Suarez, Lumina Foundation

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