Colt Technology Services (Colt) has committed to play a key role in levelling up the UK by partnering on the development of a set of Levelling Up Goals.
The Levelling Up Goals, established this year by former Education Secretary Rt Hon Justine Greening with input from businesses, universities and policymakers, are a 14-point framework designed to tackle the challenges facing the UK post Covid-19. There are 14 goals ranging from Goal 1: Strong Foundations in Early Years; to Goal 14: Equality through Diversity and Inclusion.
The focus of the framework is to unite businesses, civil society and policymakers in levelling up the nation with a clear set of objectives to address. The ultimate aim is to drive equality of opportunity in the UK at key life stages, from early years through to adulthood alongside other barriers such as healthcare and fair career progression.
The Goals are the first major piece of work by the Purpose Coalition, which includes some of the UK’s most purpose-led businesses, universities and public sector organisations, such as Amazon, BP, Direct Line Group, the BBC, Compass Group, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester United Foundation, University of Bradford and many others.
As part of its work on the Levelling Up Goals, Colt will be working on its Levelling Up Impact Report, setting out its own contribution to the levelling up agenda in the UK and its commitment to social impact more widely throughout its global footprint.
Justine Greening said: “The Levelling Up Goals give a clear architecture for purpose-led organisations to measure and articulate their purpose and impact. The challenge now is for businesses to recognise the wider role that they have to play in society and creating equality of opportunity as we recover from the pandemic.”
“It is great to have Colt joining our coalition of purpose-led businesses that are leading on and shaping what levelling up really means for people and communities.”
Gary Carr, Chief Financial Officer at Colt, said, “Colt was founded in London 29 years ago, and although we now have a global reach, we remain committed to ensuring we are focused and supporting our local communities. As an organisation that aims to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity, we are confident that by partnering with The Levelling Up Goals, we can make positive changes to support the economy. I am proud of the strong corporate social responsibility programme we have at Colt and believe that we will be able to do more through this partnership.”