In anticipation of the upcoming Together 4 STEM’s climate education event on November 24, CSR Europe had the opportunity to interview Emily Johnson, the Corporate Responsibility Director for Europe at Cummins. Cummins, a global power and technology leader, joined CSR Europe’s collaborative platform Together 4 STEM in September. The company is now working alongside Huawei, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, and Unipol Group to bridge the gap between the practical Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills demanded by the industry and those being taught in schools.
Recently, you have joined CSR Europe’s Together 4 STEM platform. What do you see as the additional value of joining forces with other companies on STEM talents?
Our goal is to advance STEM education throughout Europe, connecting students – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – with the necessary skills, knowledge and industry exposure to prepare them for meaningful employment opportunities in the future.
We believe that we can achieve more in our communities when industry comes together in partnership with schools and community organizations to effectively broaden access to practical STEM education. This concerted effort not only enriches learning but also lays a solid foundation for quality job opportunities, thereby bolstering local communities across Europe.
We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with other wonderful companies towards the shared goal of promoting STEM education, empowering students with the necessary skills for future success.
On 12 October you participated in the STEM Virtual Innovation Camp hosted at CSR Europe’s Sustainability Open Day. Could you share any valuable insights or takeaways that you believe will shape your company’s approach and work within Together 4 STEM next year?
At the STEM Virtual Innovation Camp, I had the privilege of witnessing the incredible creativity and passion displayed by student teams across Europe. Over 50 learners from various Italian, Greek, and Turkish schools, alongside the guidance of dedicated teachers and STEM ambassadors, enthusiastically pitched their climate-related app prototypes to tackle critical issues such as water wastage, sustainable fashion choices, and the promotion of daily eco-friendly practices.
Their projects truly exemplified the proactive approach that the younger generation is taking to address our most urgent environmental challenges.
I felt honored to be a part of this impactful event that showcased their dedication and innovative spirit.
In 2024, Together4STEM will strengthen collaboration between the private sector and educational initiatives, building upon the progress achieved in 2023. To this end, partners will enhance and update the educational resources featured in the Climate Education Toolkit and STEM@Home online learning platform with focus on a smooth incorporation of these resources in European classrooms.
If your company is interested in learning more or joining the Together 4 STEM platform, please contact CSR Europe.
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