Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016.

Poor literacy undermines the UK’s economic competitiveness and creates barriers to a fairer society. It costs the taxpayer up to £2.5 billion every year and incurs direct costs to business.

Launched by the National Literacy Forum, the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016 calls on the UK business community to join the national literacy campaign and deliver tangible benefits to help close the literacy gap.

BLP has pledged to help to raise literacy levels, boost the economy and improve social mobility by taking practical action in three areas: within our workforce, in our local community and at a national level. During 2016 we will help raise literacy levels in our local community by promoting and recruiting more volunteers for our long running reading scheme at Manor Primary School in Newham, continuing to work with students from schools in East London and further afield to provide work experience, careers advice and skills development and by our sponsorship and support of the East London Children’s University. We will also engage our employees by reinvigorating and relaunching our in-house charity book library.

The Pledge builds on the Vision for Literacy 2025, a policy document released by the National Literacy Forum in October 2014 with cross-party support. It called on the whole of society to a play a part in raising literacy levels. The Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016 provides a framework for businesses to take action to help raise literacy levels in the UK.

To find out more about the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016 visit www.literacytrust.org.uk/businesspledge

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