Deloitte launches WorldClass initiative in China
Empowering 10 million people in China to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy by 2030
29 August 2019, Beijing, China
Deloitte today announced the launch of WorldClass in China, its mission to positively impact 10 million rural children and farmers between now and 2030.
This initiative involves programs to facilitate quality education for migrant and left-behind children, prepare rural youth for opportunities in the 4th Industrial Revolution, and foster innovation in China's agricultural sector. The initiative, part of Deloitte’s global WorldClass ambition, was launched at Deloitte China's bi-annual National Partners Conference in Beijing, witnessed by Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen.
WorldClass is Deloitte’s global, organization-wide initiative to prepare 50 million futures for a world of opportunity by 2030. This bold ambition exemplifies how Deloitte lives its purpose, making an impact that matters by addressing social challenges. By aligning to a common mission, Deloitte is inspiring increased commitment to and investment in education, skills development, and access to opportunity.
In China, WorldClass seeks to support rural revitalization in the world's second largest economy, as well as channel the benefits of economic, technological and social achievements to the agricultural sector, rural communities and farmers.
Under current China's economic conditions, some children in rural areas have become either migrants or left-behind. Deloitte China's WorldClass vision is to create avenues for these children to obtain a quality education and personal development guidance, helping them reach their full potential and realize their dreams. Gradually, agriculture and rural development will be key to China’s continued growth and prosperity.
Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen says, "Our goal with WorldClassis to empower 50 million people globally by 2030, by providing them access to the education and skills required to find meaningful work in the new economy. The world is on the brink of a seismic shift with the emergence of the Industry 4.0 wave, and to thrive in it, we must work together so that no one is left behind. WorldClass aspires to provide opportunities to more people and drive developments in different regions in China, where rural population exceeds 500 million. There is a tremendous opportunity to make a meaningful impact and create pathways for migrants and children of all ages to fulfil their aspirations."
Deloitte China Chairman Philip Tsai adds, "Deloitte is committed to supporting the rural revitalization strategy unveiled by the Chinese government in 2018, which strives to accommodate citizens' aspirations for a better livelihood. As a responsible organization, and enlightened by the Chinese government's strategy, Deloitte China is launching its WorldClass initiative, a key element of Deloitte’s global WorldClass ambition.
To achieve our goal of 10 million futures, we will leverage our professional insights and capabilities to empower agricultural transformation in China through innovation and technology, promote more employment opportunities in rural areas, and improve children's education. At the same time, we will provide skills training for young people, empowering farmers, their children and rural youth with opportunities to build a brighter future.
Deloitte China will endeavor to positively impact 10 million rural children and farmers between now and 2030."
Together with local businesses, government, educators, and NGOs, Deloitte will leverage its insights into the future economy and use its professional knowledge and experience to invest in economic opportunities in China's rural communities, as well as empower agricultural workers with new skills and modern technologies.
WorldClass will bring the benefits of Industry 4.0 to rural youth by creating vocational training and job opportunities, with support from local service industries, and improve the quality of education and psychological well-being for millions of migrant and left-behind children through mentoring, digital learning, and reading programs. It will also create vocational training and job opportunities for rural youth, preparing them to face the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
To pilot WorldClass in China, Deloitte has signed an agreement with the Heilongjiang Government to support the province's rural revitalization initiatives through agriculture ecosystem planning, bringing in strategic investors, skills building programs and supporting left-behind children. In addition, Deloitte has already signed cooperation agreements with the following organizations and NGOs to realize its WorldClass purpose:
- Sinochem Agriculture Holdings
- Bijie Zhong Chuang Platform Outsourcing Co., Ltd
- Beijing Growing Home Charity Foundation
- Beijing Social Work Development Center for Facilitators
For more information, see www.deloitte.com/WorldClass