At the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit in Detroit, we learned from experts in CSR, volunteer engagement, technology and program administration. In this series of blog posts, we’ll share with you the valuable insights offered at each session. Up today: REview Your Company’s World View: Global Pro Bono.
More and more multinational companies are getting their employees involved in pro bono work. Ever wonder how these large, effective employee volunteer programs got started and how your company can follow suit? At this years’ VolunteerMatch Client Summit, we were lucky enough to hear from leaders at Dow, JPMorgan Chase and PYXERA Global about just that. Here’s a quick summary of my takeaways from this awesome session.
- Gavin Cepelak: Director, International Corporate Volunteerism at PYXERA Global
- Michelle Langley: Program Leader, Dow Sustainability Corps/ Global Disaster Relief/ STEM at The Dow Chemical Company
- Tosha M. Tabron: Vice President, Relationship Manager, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase
What is Global Pro Bono?
- Employees cross international borders to serve local clients using the skills from their daily jobs.
- Their projects offer economic and social benefit to local organizations and communities.
- Employees develop hard and soft skills, increase motivation, and improve leadership competencies.
- Local NGOs and clients get better access to resources and new technologies, achieve greater capacity, and grow the scope and success of their services.
- Businesses reinforce positive corporate culture, strengthen brand reputation, identify new market opportunities, spark product and service development, and grow employee recruitment and retention.
Examples from the Field
- The Dow Sustainability Corps sent 78 employees in 2013 and 2014 to Ghana and Ethiopia to work on projects relating to water, agriculture, education, housing, and public health & sanitation.
- JPMorgan Chase Financial Services Corps partnered with IBM to send employees to Brazil and India in 2013 and 2014.
- Recruit your high achieving, high potential employees across all departments to engage in these projects. You are investing in future globally competent leaders for your company.
- Don’t forget virtual! Employees can engage with local NGOs through virtual consulting for months in advance of shorter visits abroad. This keeps cost down and optimizes impact.
- Partnerships are everything. You don’t have to do this alone! Work with other corporations and established NGOs to identify highest need and implement successful projects. Organizations like PYXERA Global can help with these connections.
Interested in learning more? View the slides from this presentation.