NASHVILLE, Tenn. and NEW YORK and NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tuesday at the Global Action Summit, hosted by Fareed Zakaria (CNN), Global Action Platform, in association with KPMG International presented the 2016 Global Shared Value Award (SME Category) to Bridge International Academies for their work over the past year in Kenya.
The Global Shared Value Award recognizes and encourages corporations to address societal challenges through innovative business strategy, that is, to create "shared value."
The stated mission of Bridge International Academies is to provide every child with the chance to have a high-quality primary education regardless of their family's income. Bridge International Academies has developed a solution for providing quality primary education for children of 700M families living on less than $2/day.
Factors leading the independent Award panel to recognize Bridge include the company's outstanding record in reconceiving education for a new market over the past year in Kenya; improving gender equality through education; enabling local cluster development through training of local teachers.
"We are honoured to receive this prestigious award to recognise our 100,000 children in Kenya, Nigeria, Liberia, and India who are learning to become confident adults, ready to achieve their dreams and make their own mark on the world. This award highlights that when communities, companies, governments and families work together, that everything is possible," said Jay Kimmelman, CEO and Co-Founder, Bridge International Academies.
"Global Action Platform is honored to work with KPMG International in the presentation of this Award," states Scott T. Massey, Founding Chairman and CEO. "Our international alliance of universities and businesses are working to create scalable, sustainable solutions for abundant food, health, and prosperity for every person; the Global Shared Value Award as an important way to advance these goals."
"KPMG International is excited to be working with the Global Action Platform to recognize excellence in creating shared value. Business has a critical role to play, in partnership with civil society, governments and the development community in working towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," said Timothy A.A. Stiles, Global Chair of International Development Assistance Services, and KPMG.