In December 2015, CSR professionals, employee engagement enthusiasts, VolunteerMatch clients, and national nonprofits will come together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (#VMSummit15). In this series of blog posts, I’ll introduce you to the numerous experts who will make an appearance as Summit speakers.
Title: Co-founder and Senior Partner
Organization: Realized Worth
What is your session about?
Corporations not only have the unique opportunity to address social and environmental concerns, the public has given them a mandate to do so. The value created by companies must extend well beyond profit. The concepts of Blended Value and Shared Value offer practical frameworks for companies to develop strategy and make critical decisions based on a more holistic understanding of value.
Yet these strategic approaches remain limited by one singularly important respect: they are external constructs.
When push comes to shove in everyday life, it is not the corporation’s policy, mission or vision statement that makes decisions. It is the individual employee based on their beliefs about the value of the opportunity.
This presents a crucial role for nonprofit partners to provide the experiences in community that can create change. Volunteering can create deep and fundamental shifts in a person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. Becoming active in the community changes how we understand ourselves, our relationships with other people and the environments, our perceptions of social structures, race and gender as well as the potential for change in the world. Not only for others but for ourselves as well.
This is the Transformative Value of employee volunteering. Companies and nonprofits must partner together to ensure that not only is the world changed for the better, but that we are changed in the doing of it.
Why should attendees care about this topic?
This workshop will explore the potential of mobilizing global workforces supported by the enormous resources of the private sector and in partnership with NGOs to address acute social and environmental issues. We will explore a vision for a radically different future that can be achieved through engaging our employees in volunteer opportunities in the communities in which they live and work.
What is a professional achievement you are particularly proud of?
I am very proud of our role in creating IMPACT 2030 together with the United Nations Office of Partnerships. The initiative is a collaboration of companies around the world, of all sizes, to mobilize their employees in volunteer efforts towards the achievement of the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals that will be announced in September of 2015.
Ultimately, companies will accomplish their heavy mandate better by tackling it together, through multi-sector collaboration. IMPACT 2030 presents that opportunity for collaboration. It is a business led coalition that mobilizes corporate volunteers to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By aligning the volunteer activities of businesses around the world with the SDGs, IMPACT 2030 equips corporations with resources to build and expand their current programs, while increasing the impact of the SDGs.
Fundamentally, IMPACT 2030 is a movement. It represents the belief that corporate volunteering — when used in concert with the United Nations, peer companies, government, academia, and civil society — is a powerful tool to accelerate the global achievement of the SDGs and inspire the private sector to positive action. If employees are supported as the primary actors in creating change, IMPACT 2030 will prove to be transformative at a global level.
To learn more about Chris, check out his biography on our Summit speakers’ page. And if you haven’t yet, register today for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!