On November 17, 2016, VolunteerMatch and Year Up joined forces to help companies learn how to unify their commitment to diversity across multiple departments, including their corporate social responsibility (CSR) department. Salesforce.org and Omnicom Media Group joined the discussion and shared their experiences from the field.
Two years ago, ECMC Group didn’t have an employee-sponsored volunteer program. Now, they not only have a robust volunteer program, but offer extensive giving opportunities as well. What causes an organization to go from having no volunteer/ giving program to creating an engaging and thorough one in such a short amount of time? To find out, I connected with Sabrina Berg, ECMC’s Community Relations Administrator.
Lately, I’ve been writing about employee engagement quite a bit, and I keep coming across information showing that volunteering as a workforce can do wonders for improving it. At first, I didn’t get the connection, but the more I read, the more it makes sense. Engaged employees go a step beyond what’s required of them. A big factor in their willingness to do this is whether they believe there is a larger purpose — a meaning — to their work.
At the core of corporate social responsibility (CSR) exists the belief that companies should practice ethical behavior. One indication of ethical behavior is a commitment to diversity. As part of their CSR, companies should ensure that underrepresented groups have not only a voice, but the opportunity to thrive — both in their companies and within their respective communities.
The U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of California (UC) Berkeley as #1 on its list of Top Public Schools in America. They take graduation rates, academic reputation, alumni giving rate, and more into consideration. In my opinion, a commitment to public service can positively influence all these factors. And UC Berkeley is no stranger to public service.
Last week, VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, recognized eight companies and organizations for their transformational work related to volunteerism and cross-sector collaboration at an awards ceremony.