Published: June 12, 2009
Washington – Yesterday, Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations, convened the second meeting of The Springboard Project – an independent commission that will develop innovative approaches to help Americans acquire and refine the new skills and the education needed to thrive in the 21st century’s evolving labor market.
Business Roundtable launched The Springboard Project in March to address concerns about employability as today’s jobs disappear or become obsolete and tomorrow’s jobs require higher levels of skills and education.
“Recent unemployment figures indicate that this recession is having the greatest impact on workers with the least education, and Americans will need to upgrade their education and skills to stay competitive in the global marketplace,” said William D. Green, chairman & CEO of Accenture and chairman of The Springboard Project. “The Springboard Project could not be more timely in its focus on helping Americans develop the skills needed to thrive today and tomorrow. In the coming months, we will release our recommendations and work with stakeholders to put them into action.”
As the members of The Springboard Project began to formulate recommendations, they discussed public opinion with Joel Benenson, Founding Partner and President of Benenson Strategy Group, who presented findings from recent focus groups in Columbus, Ohio and Denver, Colorado that probed workers’ attitudes and behaviors toward job skills and training. Working with Benenson Strategy Group, The Springboard Project also is sponsoring a public opinion survey to help inform the commission’s final recommendations.
“In order for the economy to get back on the right track, Congress, business, labor and America’s students and workers each have a responsibility to ensure that our current and future workforce is prepared to compete globally in the coming years,” noted John J. Castellani, President of Business Roundtable. “The Springboard Project has the right minds around the table to wrestle with these challenges and come up with creative solutions.”
The Springboard Project is comprised of a diverse group of education and business leaders, labor experts, union chiefs, academics, foundation heads, social media experts and former elected officials.
The Springboard Project members include:
Chair: Bill Green, Chairman & CEO, Accenture
More information about The Springboard Project can be found here.
The Springboard Project is an independent action-oriented commission that is developing policy recommendations for a 21st century approach to equipping Americans with the knowledge and skills needed for lifelong success in the U.S. workforce. The Springboard Project was launched by Business Roundtable because it believes it is critical to find new approaches to address Americans' concerns about their employability as today's jobs disappear or become obsolete and tomorrow's jobs require higher levels of skills and education. To learn more, click here.
Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with more than $5 trillion in annual revenues and more than 12 million employees. Member companies comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock markets and pay more than 60 percent of all corporate income taxes paid to the federal government. Annually, they return more than $167 billion in dividends to shareholders and the economy.
Business Roundtable companies give more than $7 billion a year in combined charitable contributions, representing nearly 60 percent of total corporate giving. They are technology innovation leaders, with more than $111 billion in annual research and development spending – nearly half of all total private R&D spending in the U.S.