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Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking for the internet. The Cisco Networking Academy programme is one of it's main CSR initiatives by which, in partnership with thousands of Education Institutions worldwide, Cisco ontributes to the training of tomorrow's Networking workforce. One of the main objectives is to help communities globally to ensure their technological development.

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Bruno Rignanese
Director, Public Sector Segment European Markets



Founded in 1975, Microsoft Corporation is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and organisations realise their full potential. The company's corporate citizenship initiatives focus on creating opportunities in local communities and fostering economic growth through access to technology and skills.

The Unlimited Potential programme supports community- based IT skills training for the underserved, including the unemployed, elderly, people with disabilities and refugees across the globe.

The Partners in Learning programme supports primary and secondary schools to increase access to technology and skills by providing software, IT lessons, and to help to develop and expand teacher training opportunities.

The IT Academies programme supports accredited academic institutions to provide students with a premium IT education through academic education, certification exams and training for a wide range of careers within the IT field/sector.

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Sylvie Laffarge
Director Community Affairs, Europe

State Street


State Street is the world's leading provider of financial services to institutional investors. Our broad and integrated range of services spans the entire investment spectrum, including research, investment management, trading services and investment servicing.

With offices in 26 countries and across an investment network of more than 100 markets, State Street delivers the tools and services that global institutional investors need to be successful.

The State Street Foundation, the charitable grant making arm of State Street, provides grant support to programmes that bring long-term solutions to important community issues such as education, hunger relief, financial literacy and homelessness, among others.

A major component of the Foundation's educational focus is employability, which is extremely important to State Street, since technology is the backbone of our business.

The Foundation has invested in excess of EURO 3.1M since in 2006 in the EU region.

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Jess McNicholas
State Street Foundation
Assistant Vice President


Adecco Group

The Adecco Group is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With close to 32,000 employees and 5,500 offices, in more than 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 700,000 associates with over 100,000 clients every day.

As the world leader in our industry, we are at the forefront of endeavours to meet the challenges in the labour markets and ensure a sustainable future in the world's workplaces. Rising to these challenges and responsibilities requires a focused approached. We concentrate on three areas of social accountability where we can make a difference: The Excellence Awards (excellence), the Win4Youth programme (skills) and the IOC/IPC Athlete Career Programme (integration).


Bettina Schaller
Group Public Affairs

"Under the umbrella of the "European e-Skills Association" (EeSA)

Skills Association


Founded on 7th June 2007 in the presence of Vice-President G√ľnter Verheugen of the European Commission, with the vision of "Fostering the 21st century e-Skills and digital literacy of Europe's workforce and citizens for a competitive, innovative and inclusive Europe", the European e-Skills Association is set to lead the ICT sector's contribution to the development and implementation of a long term e-skills and digital literacy agenda in Europe.

The EeSA is mainly structured as an umbrella organisation with a multitude of stand-alone initiatives, as for example the Alliance on Skills for Employability. The EeSA works in partnership with public authorities across Europe, other industry sectors, SMEs and all relevant stakeholders, building upon the European Commission recommendations and other reference initiatives on e-Skills. The members of the EeSA include British Computer Society, CEPIS, Cisco Systems, CompTIA, ECDL Foundation, econet, EITO,EuroCIO, European Software Association, EXIN, Global Knowledge Network, HP, INLEA Foundation, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Prometric, Schoolnet and Siemens Enterprise Communications.

Alliance Secretariat



econet is Europe's leading grants consultancy.The company offers a full range of grants consultancy services including the advise for the development of CSR tools.

econet is the Alliance Secretariat which is responsible for supporting and coordinating the current Alliance members. The secretariat also provides communication and public relation support.

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Alliance Secretariat


Employability Alliance is the Skills for Employability

Since the beginning of 2007 the Employability Alliance is together with twenty Laboratories member of the European Alliance for CSR.

 This Laboratories are business-driven and action-oriented projects that address socio-economic challenges by bringing together business practitioners, stakeholders and EU representatives to share experience and explore joint operational projects.

 In this context the Employability Alliance is the Skills for Employability Laboratory designed to explore innovative models of business-stakeholder cooperation and produce practical tools for tackling CSR challenges by supporting the job placemen.