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Impact in Europe

Explore a few highlights of our local partnerships in the communities where we live and work.

Measuring Corporate Support for Children's Rights with the Global Child Forum

The Swedish royal family instituted the Global Child Forum in 2009 as an independent platform for advancing children's rights. The forum and its annual summit bring together leaders from business, government, academia, and civil society to explore efforts that deliver tangible results for children. 

In its third year partnering with the Global Child Forum, BCG has helped the organization take the first step in developing a benchmark for how global companies, industries, and the entire corporate sector are addressing children's rights. 

The benchmarking results were published in the study Children's Rights and the Corporate Sector: Setting a Benchmark. They were presented at the April 2014 annual meeting of the Child's Rights Forum in Sweden and at the Global Child Forum on the Middle East and North Africa held in Dubai in November 2014.

Creating Joblinge, a Public-Private Partnership Serving Unemployed Youth

To develop a solution for integrating underprivileged youth into Germany's primary labor market, BCG joined forces with BMW’s Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation. Together, we created Joblinge, a collaboration of the private, public, and volunteer sectors. The six-month program teaches social and professional skills to disadvantaged youths and provides opportunities for participants to prove themselves in apprenticeship positions. 

With a placement rate at 70% and a far lower cost per placement than similar programs, Joblinge is faster, cheaper, and more scalable—and growing rapidly because of its success. With 13 sites in Germany today and more than 2,600 participants, Joblinge plans to expand to 20 sites and 10,000 participants by 2020. BCG has taken on operational responsibility for Joblinge, ensuring quality and effective financial management, establishing new sites, and organizing Joblinge as a social franchise. 

The Joblinge network includes more than 1,100 companies, 1,000 volunteers (mentors, trainers, mandate holders, and experts) and more than 30 government institutions such as the Federal Employment Agency and local ministries.

Engaging the Future in Deauville with the Women's Forum

The Women's Forum for the Economy and Society features women's views and voices on major social and economic issues. For seven years, BCG partnered with the forum's annual Global Meeting, which welcomes more than 1,300 participants and 600 organizations from 70 countries to Deauville, France. 

In honor of the Global Meeting's tenth anniversary in 2014, a team from BCG Paris helped the Women's Forum assess how gender gaps have evolved over the past ten years—and how best to further narrow the gap over the next ten. 

BCG worked with the Women's Forum and the OECD Gender Data Portal to draft the discussion paper Gender Gaps: What Can Be Done in a Decade? 

During the 2014 Forum, several brainstorm workshops aimed to engage the audience to identify significant opportunities for closing the gender gap. The key drivers of change were then discussed in a wrap-up session facilitated by BCG Chairman Hans-Paul Bürkner. 

Hans-Paul Bürkner also moderated the panel discussion "Learning from New Tech Pioneers from Emerging Markets."

Establishing Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, an Arts Foundation in Florence

BCG was a founding member of the public-private partnership that launched the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in 2006. The cultural foundation manages and promotes Florence's cultural offerings, particularly by organizing international exhibitions at the Palazzo Strozzi, a palace built during the Renaissance. 

Since the launch, our local team has worked alongside the foundation across all aspects of its operations. Recent collaborations have included conducting organizational benchmarking of other cultural institutions in Italy and Europe and assessing the economic impact of the foundation on Florence's economy and tourism.

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