The Global Alliance for YOUth has announced today that 10 million young people have been supported since joining forces at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2019. The Alliance, a business-driven movement of 20 international private companies, is passionate about building a better future for younger generations. Working together, the Alliance helps young people around the globe get the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work, today and tomorrow.
The Global Alliance for YOUth will support 15 million young people by 2022, helping them build employability skills for the future: Digital, Soft Skills, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Career Advice and Entrepreneurship. This commitment represents an increase from the ambition of 6 million opportunities announced last year.
Taking part at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Laurent Freixe, Nestlé's CEO for Zone Americas, stressed the importance of working together to maximize impact: "With the Global Alliance for YOUth we are taking a fundamental step to mobilize society for youth employability. At Nestlé we are committed to this and therefore we have joined forces with our colleagues from the private sector to provide youth with the knowledge and skills needed for work in the 21st century."
The Global Alliance for YOUth is committed to developing a series of joint initiatives to give young people meaningful work experience. It will also mobilize employees to help youth prepare for work in the communities where they operate. To date, 20 multinational companies have joined the Alliance: The Adecco Group, BT, Cargill, CEMEX, Engie, EY, Facebook, Firmenich, Mastercard, Mercer, Microsoft, Nestlé, Nielsen, Publicis Groupe, SAP, Sodexo, Starbucks, Rockwell Automation, Vodafone and White & Case. The Alliance is proud to work with non-private sector partners such as the ILO and the World Bank through initiatives such as Decent Jobs for Youth and Solutions 4 Youth Employment.
Nestlé founded the regional Alliance for YOUth in Europe in 2014 with the purpose of helping prepare young people to enter the professional world. After its successful launch, the Alliance was expanded to the Pacific Alliance countries in 2017 (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) and the Mercosur countries in 2018 (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay).