COMMITTED TO CREATING SOCIAL VALUE AND TRUE SOCIAL MOBILITY
Whilst Goal 17 operate with strong commercial values, driving results for our clients, we are also a social enterprise. We are committed to creating social value and leading change, specifically around social mobility.
- We believe that to create true social mobility you have to do more than just give opportunities to disadvantaged individuals. You need to shift mindsets and perspectives of those already in the workplace. Give existing workers the confidence and competence to manage and embrace diversity of thought and action. READ MORE BELOW
Buy One Give One
- For our Explore, Establish and Evolve training products we offer a 'Buy One Give One' scheme. The funds of every product that is sold to a corporate client goes towards covering the costs of delivering a matching programme to a charitable organisation.
- We report to our clients on the social difference they have helped create.
Supporting our Charity Partners
- We donate 50% of the income from our EMBED Training Programmes to our Sporting Charity Partners. More than that, we support their beneficiaries with trained mentors. Not only does this accelerate our trainees learning but it also closes the gaps in society and often creates progressive pathways for the beneficiaries. CONTACT US TO FIND OUT ABOUT BEING A GOAL17 CHARITY PARTNER
Social Value Reporting
- Where possible we gather social value data around all the impact we are making. For some of our clients we build this into the project so they can demonstrate their social impact for public and private contracts. With this accounting for up to 30% of some bids, we love helping our clients stand out and demonstrate how they are doing more in the community than others. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND A CASE STUDY
A NEW AND INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO SOCIAL MOBILITY
In April 2019 the UK Social Mobility Commission issued a report showing that social mobility in the UK has been stagnant since 2014. Despite many companies making a concerted effort to reach out into disadvantaged communities, sadly many of the people that they are accessing never progress beyond entry-level jobs.
Awareness in social mobility is rising along with a desire for more diverse workforce however, we are not seeing the support in place for companies to achieve true social mobility. Like it or not, our workplaces are still filled with too much unconscious bias and diversity is not being achieved.
As the skills gap in the UK continues to increase, currently standing at 870,000 unfilled jobs, companies will need to find new sources of talent in order to survive. There is also an increasing need for diversity as job roles become less about functional tasks and more about creative thought. Social mobility is no longer just ‘a nice thing to do’, it will be essential for companies wanting a robust strategy for human resourcing in the future.
At Goal 17 we have a very different and progressive approach towards social mobility. We believe that to achieve true diversity in the workplace not only must we encourage workers from more varied backgrounds, we must also shift the perspective of those already within the workplace. We must empower existing employees to see those around them differently. We must be able to see the opportunities in the people around us and have the skills to engage, manage and develop those from different backgrounds. We need to move people from unconscious bias to conscious unbiased.
As part of Goal 17’s award-winning Embed Training Program we offer our clients a unique learning experience that will shift their perspective and give them the skills to create thriving and diverse teams. Alongside teaching the theoretical skills of how to become an effective mentor, we accelerate their learning through an immersive practical experience. Each of our mentor trainees are paired with a vulnerable or disadvantaged young person who they get the opportunity to mentor. Over a 10-week period we handhold our mentor trainees through this experience. This cements their learning and creates empowered and effective mentoring champions. At the same time it also shifts our trainees perspectives.
Having successfully helped one of our young people transform their lives our mentors are also transformed. They have now experienced the real benefits of working with someone very different from themselves. They return to the workplace able to see the people around them in a new light and with the skills to get the best out of different types of people.
Our overriding belief is that we if we want to achieve true social mobility we need to start from the inside out, not just the bottom up. Creating a mentoring framework and skilled mentor champions will ensure Goal 17’s graduates achieve diversity and a robust framework to address future resourcing challenges.