Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization shaping conversations and collaborations on public and corporate policy issues involving working families. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Corporate Voices creates and advances innovative policy solutions that reflect a commonality of interests among the private sector both global and domestic, government and other stakeholders. It is a unique voice, and provides leading and best-practice employers a forum to improve the lives of working families, while strengthening our nation’s economy and enhancing the vitality of our communities. Collectively, Corporate Voices’ more than 50 partner companies have annual net revenues of over $1 trillion and employ 4 million individuals throughout all 50 states.
Corporate Voices recognizes that businesses thrive in communities where youth thrive. Already a leading voice for business around early childhood and family-friendly policies focused on the youngest children and working families, Corporate Voices became involved in the Ready by 21 National Partnership in an effort to educate business leaders about the importance of investing in the entire workforce readiness pipeline from “cradle to career”. Corporate Voices believes that Ready by 21 is workforce readiness for business and that in order for the nation to prosper, young people – the workers, consumers, voters and leaders of tomorrow - must be prepared to succeed in school, work and throughout life. As a Ready by 21 Partner, Corporate Voices and its member companies challenge business leaders both nationally and locally to invest in workforce readiness as a business imperative because American business competitiveness and future economic prosperity depends on a skilled and prepared workforce. Consistent with Ready by 21 ideas, Corporate Voices’ other funded projects within its workforce readiness agenda include a postsecondary completion initiative and involvement in a project that seeks to connect more than four million young adults with no high school diploma to meaningful career opportunities that match their talents and skills.
Why is Ready by 21 attractive to businesses?