VOICES IN SUPPORT
Unveiled during the launch of the United Nations Education First initiative, Education for Better provides a platform for Western Union to advocate for improved education opportunities around the world. Through executive speaking engagements, media interviews and social media, we work to create positive change and support the education cause.
Western Union is a founding member of the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Ed), which brings together corporate leaders from across sectors who are committed to delivering on the promise of quality education for all. The company supports GBC-Ed goals and actively engages in a variety of GBC-Ed events, lending its voice to the education cause.
Western Union has been engaged with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) since 2007, and has put two CGI commitments into action. The first was made in 2008 and focused on promoting economic opportunity. It was successfully completed in 2012. Our second commitment was made in 2012, and centers on creating new tools to help NGOs – including those focused on education – span the so-called last mile. This commitment is being fulfilled through NGO GlobalPay. In addition, Western Union executives have served as speakers at a variety of CGI events.
As a sponsor of the 2014 CGI America meeting, Western Union hosted a screening of the documentary film, “Underwater Dreams,” with CEO Hikmet Ersek joining other panel members and moderator, Chelsea Clinton, to discuss STEM education.
Western Union is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and is active on a range of the Forum’s initiatives. Western Union executives also support education through engagement at the WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos. For example, Kerry Agiasotis, President, Western Union Business Solutions, participated in a “Shared Value in Education Roundtable,” hosted by Professor Michael Porter and FSG at Davos in 2014. In 2013, Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, Western Union, joined UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown and other international leaders on a panel at Davos on “The Global Education Imperative.”