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Vision for Literacy Business Pledge

Research estimated that if every child left primary school with the reading skills they need, our economy could be more than £32.1 billion bigger by 2025[1]. Many employers also face direct costs to their business and low literacy creates barriers to social mobility.

Now in its second year, the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge calls on the UK business community to join the national literacy campaign and deliver tangible benefits to help close the literacy gap and boost social mobility. Launched by the National Literacy Forum, the Pledge has seen an increased business commitment to literacy in 2016 and it was shortlisted at the 2016 Third Sector Business Charity Awards for an outstanding partnership between charities and businesses.

44 businesses signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016 and, as a result of successful financial and social outcomes, KPMG, Sainsbury’s, Costa, Pinsent Masons and Boots Opticians have been some of the first to renew their commitment to the Pledge for 2017.

Is your business interested in joining this movement? Business can play a vital part in helping raise literacy levels, increasing our economic competitiveness and leading to a fairer society.

We are delighted to announce the first round of 2017 signatories.

There is still time to sign up for 2017. Email for further information and to sign up by 15 December 2016.

Further information

[1] Read On. Get On. (2014) How reading can help children escape poverty. Published by Save the Children on behalf of the Read. On. Get On. campaign


The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.