Sneak Preview of 3rd Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference:Public and Private Sector Leaders Join to Discuss Shared Value & ICV

by Amanda MacArthur, Vice President, CDC Development Solutions

Join Amanda for a Sneak Preview webinar of the Conference on Tuesday, 3/20 at 2 pm:
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On April 11 & 12, private sector leaders from IBM, PepsiCo, Pfizer, and dozens of other corporations will join the U.S. State Department, USAID, and other public sector groups to talk about some of today’s most pressing issues – jobs creation, water, education, global health, and the environment, among others.  How are these groups looking to impact such a divergent set of issues?  Through the lens of international volunteering.  Addressing the intersection of corporate citizenship, talent and leadership development and more traditional international development programs, CDC Development Solutions’ upcoming Third Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference will look at why some of the largest corporations in America are sending employees beyond their office walls to pro bono skilled volunteer assignments in emerging markets such as Ghana, Vietnam, Brazil, and Cambodia – and how this is making a difference.
Companies as diverse as Dow Corning, Intel, and Ernst & Young are sending teams of employees on International Corporate Volunteer programs (ICV) – a type of corporate Peace Corps in which employees donate their skills to build the capacity of a local nonprofit, government, social enterprise, or NGO in an emerging market.  Businesses are seeing a return on investment from these volunteer trips that pays off in social and business dividends: companies build partnerships with critical stakeholders in emerging markets and gain a competitive advantage, while employees gain unparalleled leadership skills in a global marketplace that otherwise take years to develop.

Conference Highlights
The Third Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference will take a close look at the shared value of ICV programs and what’s on the horizon in the next few years as this continues to integrate into global and domestic CSR and business strategies.  Some of the topics will include:
  • Dow Corning: Linking a volunteer program into core business strategies
  • GlaxoSmithKline: How to set up a volunteer program to address a company’s global challenges and build partnerships with relevant NGOs
  • Pfizer, PepsiCo, & Novartis: Different ICV program models
  • Intel, IBM, Ernst & Young, & others: Conversations with past program volunteers
  • CDC Development Solutions: Program design from start to finish
“One thing that I learned is that International Corporate Volunteerism can be structured to meet multiple needs of international companies: employee development, reputation and relationship development, and insight for future business growth,” says Laura Asiala, Dow Corning Corporation’s Director of Corporate Citizenship.  Dow Corning recently sent volunteer teams to India, both of whom returned to their homebases with dozens of new product and service ideas-some of which  are currently being explored for market.

CDC Development Solutions will also reveal the 2012 ICV Benchmarking Survey results – including the statistics on growth and increase in ICV investment levels, as well as the reasons that drive these investments.  “Last year’s ICV Benchmarking report was definitely one of the highlights because it gave real time data to much of our work. The volunteer panel also made it evocative, as it incorporated the direct volunteer experience,” says Sabrina Quaraishi of Grameen Foundation’s Bankers without Borders, an international NGO that connects skilled finance professionals with local microfinance institutions.

Emily Kiely, who travelled to Ghana as part of PepsiCo’s first-ever Pepsicorps program last year had this to say, “In last year’s conference, I found it fascinating to see all of the different ICV models out there. Every company designs a program that fits their specific business, industry, CSR objectives, and employee desires. The conference gave us one place where we could see what we thought would work specifically for PepsiCo and pick out the components we wanted to use in our own program.”  Having returned from her first volunteer trip last fall, Emily will share about Pepsicorps’ trip to Ghana on April 12.  Emily will share her experiences from taking the PepsiCo program from an idea to a reality at the April 12th event.


To register for the Conference on April 11 and 12, go to Third Annual International Corporate Volunteer Conference.  Or to simply learn more, join me for a Sneak Preview webinar of the conference on Tuesday, 3/20 at 2 pm. Go to http://bit.ly/x4XdNu to register.

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