Volunteering and Corporate Responsibility
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) involves integrating social and environmental concerns into a company’s mainstream business operations on a voluntary basis. Many businesses see corporate responsibility not just as a ‘nice to have’ but as an integral aspect of growing an ethical, sustainable and profitable enterprise.
Meaningful employee volunteering supports worthy causes and has a lasting and positive impact on those who take part.
As well as supporting the communities they serve, employee volunteering offers companies the opportunity to increase employee retention, improve job satisfaction, motivation, and in turn improve productivity. Employees report major satisfaction in contributing to a defined and valuable community need and in using their skills to work with colleagues in a new environment.
Corporate volunteering can also raise the community profile of your company; enhancing brand awareness by establishing new relationships, connecting with the community and meeting new people.
The transformative effect of volunteering on individuals, organisations, communities and society is a portal to active citizenship, social inclusion and solidarity.
Research and Statistics
Volunteer Ireland’s own research shows that is linked to positive health and wellbeing.
We have also shown that after taking part in our Team Impact Days and other volunteer programmes, employees report greater motivation at work, increased commitment to their company, as well as better social connections with their colleagues and an understanding of the challenges being faced by community and voluntary organisations in their local community.
When completing an impact survey after taking part in a Team Impact Day…
Corporate Social Responsibility Stakeholder Forum
Volunteer Ireland also sits on the national Corporate Social Responsibility Stakeholder Forum. You can learn more about the forum here.