We envision a world where thriving communities have equitable access to opportunities through quality education and healthy environments. We believe that we can use our business as a force for good to make a lasting difference and shape a shared future for all.
Better Futures Community
At Steelcase, our purpose is to help people do their best work by creating places that work better. We are asking ourselves, what is better?
We believe better can be a future of work that is equitable, accessible and sustainable.
We understand that the starting point for what is “good” and what is “better” isn’t the same for everyone. So, how do we make better possible in the places where we live and work throughout the world?
To advance this exploration, we created The Better Futures Community, a community of changemakers exploring bold new approaches to equity, education and the environment.
Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
Our Community Programs
Better Futures Lab
We design experiences for partners to learn from each other, grow together and uncover opportunities for impact throughout the world.
We host open innovation challenges, round tables and conversations for our entire global community to learn and connect.
At the heart of our work is people. Our Steelcase Changemakers bring the Better Futures Lab, Fund and Fellowship to life by leveraging our global scale, resources, tools, and expertise to move the needle on social impact.
Better Futures Fund
Invest in Ideas
We invest in promising ideas while engaging on a collaborative journey to uncover possibilities and co-create solutions with our partners.
We work with partners by providing capital, consulting, employee time, furniture, and more to create lasting, positive impact.
Better Futures Fellowship
We provide the tools and mentorship needed to incubate and accelerate bold ideas that have the potential to change the world.
We take the Better Futures Fellows along a curated impact journey as they accelerate and scale new ideas for equity, education and the environment.
We use our global communication channels to share their insights with the world.
Social Innovation Goals
Create Systemic Change
Align Steelcase Social Innovation investments with UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Invest in community partners to provide quality education to those who otherwise wouldn’t have access — building the skills needed to thrive and potentially work at Steelcase in the future.
Connect People to Purpose
Scale our Change Corp model.
Provide platforms for employees to volunteer.
Launch an employee grants program for causes in which our employees engage.
Build Cultures of Innovation
Design learning opportunities into our community partnerships.
Launch Equity in Education Open Innovation Challenge.
Moving the Needle on Impact
Moving the Needle on Social Impact Across the GlobeThree recent stories celebrate the kind of progress possible from Steelcase involvement in the communities where we live and work.
Equity in EducationSupporting creative leaders on the front lines of positive community change
Building a Healthy Planet through DecarbonizationSteelcase made news recently by announcing it has become carbon neutral and, even more significant, it set science-based targets that intends to achieve by 2030.
Our goal is for community partnerships to focus on impact in areas that unlock human promise and transform work, workers and workplaces. Specifically, we’re supporting the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the communities where we live and work: Reduced Inequalities, Quality Education and Climate Action.
Better Is Possible Series
Join us as we explore bold new approaches to equity, education and the environment.
Click here to register now to be the first to know about the next Better Is Possible event.
Hosted by the Steelcase Better Futures Community.