GBT renews commitment to support critical digital education for
children and youth
London – October 27, 2021 – American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has extended its flagship cause partnership with UNICEF USA for another two years. Through the renewal of its charitable partnership, GBT will support the Learning Passport programme, developed by UNICEF and powered by Microsoft Community Training to help children and youth continue their education, no matter the barriers to attending school, from pandemics to natural disasters to displacement, through a digital remote learning platform.
GBT’s partnership with UNICEF USA was launched in 2019 and has now been extended through to 2023. The commitment will continue to support global efforts to provide safe, quality education for children during times of emergency, and support expansion of the Learning Passport programme.
“GBT is thrilled to continue our partnership with UNICEF USA and support the pivotal work that UNICEF does around the world to educate children in times of crisis,” said Si-Yeon Kim, GBT’s Chief Risk & Compliance Officer and Executive Chair of ESG.
“Investing in the Learning Passport programme enables us to make a meaningful contribution to fulfilling a fundamental human right that helps preserve the wellbeing of communities and wider society. This innovative programme is working to close a critical gap, widened by school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Kim.
The Learning Passport – available offline, online and via mobile devices – provides a digitized curriculum, featuring textbooks and supplemental content in national languages, jointly curated at country level to best serve learners’ and educators’ needs. The Learning Passport guides each learner with a unique, personalized record that can be taken across physical and digital borders.
GBT’s UNICEF USA partnership is part of the company’s Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) framework. Read GBT’s annual ESG report here.
About American Express Global Business Travel
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is the world’s leading business partner for managed travel. We help companies and their employees prosper by making sure travelers are present where and when it matters. We keep global business moving with the powerful backing of travel professionals in more than 140 countries. Companies of all sizes, and in all places, rely on GBT to provide travel management services, organize meetings and events, and deliver business travel consulting.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to pursue a more equitable world for every child. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF USA advances the global mission of UNICEF by rallying the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children. Together, we are working toward a world that upholds the rights of all children and helps every child thrive. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.