Corporate Volunteering

Want a Better Workplace? Encourage Employees to VolunteerCorporate Volunteering

Business News Daily, February 12 2020.

Creating a culture of volunteerism within your company doesn’t just help others; it also improves your organisation, according to a study from Deloitte. The study is based on surveys of 1,000 full and part-time employees who had volunteered over the previous 12 months.

Corporate Volunteering

Volunteering Australia, 2020.

Corporate volunteering provides your company with the opportunity to develop staff skills, build teams and bolster your reputation within your local community. This article- will give you the necessary tools to develop your corporate volunteering programme.

Canadian Code for Employer-Supported Volunteering

Volunteer Canada, 2019.

This resource is from Canada but provides useful information for anyone interested in employee volunteering. It has the flexibility to be adapted to the context and business objectives of workplaces of all sizes and within all sectors.

Business and Charity Relationships

Three Hands New Zealand, 2020.

This is Three Hands’ most wide-ranging and comprehensive report into charities’ experiences of working with businesses. In previous research in 2015 and 2017 Three Hands focused exclusively on employee volunteering. This time, they have expanded their scope to include charities’ views on all of their relationships with businesses, from the informal to the formal, the one-off interaction to the flagship partnership.

What really counts: The contribution of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand members to the Charitable and not-for-profit sector

Clarke, K,; Gilchrist, D. J.; Cordery, C. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, 2016.

This report includes compiled information about the nature and extent of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s (CAANZ) members pro bono and skills-based volunteering. While the survey data for this study was only taken from a single – be it a large – organisation, the conclusions and findings can also be applied more broadly to our overall understanding of corporate volunteering in Australasia.

Exploring partnerships from the perspective of HSO beneficiaries: The case of corporate volunteering.
Samuel, Olga; Roza, Lonneke; Meijs, Lucas. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, June-August 2016.

The results of this study suggest that beneficiaries’ perceptions of volunteers are influenced by involvement in the development of the projects, the perceived quality of interaction, and the sustainability. The authors conclude that beneficiaries welcome change, while acknowledging the lack of reciprocity and argue that corporate volunteering does not necessarily produce a win-win situation.

The giving generation. 
Agovino, Theresa. Human Resources Magazine, September 2016.

The article examines how successful companies are encouraging employees to be involved in charitable works and volunteer activities.

Corporate citizenship is linked to business success, says Stanley Litow, IBM Foundation [Interviews]
Chaturvedi, Anumeha. The Economic Times (New Delhi), 14 February 2015.

Stanley Litow, vice president of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, and president of the IBM Foundation, spoke to the Economic Times about the importance of employee volunteerism in corporate citizenship and how it has evolved from a cheque-book philanthropic model to providing sustainable, measurable reforms.

The impact of corporate volunteering on CSR image: A consumer perspective
Plewa, Carolin; Conduit, Jodie; Quester, Pascale; Johnson, Claire. Journal of Business Ethics. March 2015.

This study takes a preliminary step towards understanding consumers’ response to corporate volunteering initiatives. It demonstrates that CV programmes have a positive impact on stakeholder groups, impacting positively on consumers’ perceptions of the firm and their cognitive, attitudinal and behavioural loyalty. It is hoped this study will inspire future research into CV as an important CSR initiative and that it will encourage firms to continue to pursue CV, a socially responsible activity that benefits many groups within the community. 

Corporate volunteering: Benefits and challenges for nonprofits 
Samuel, O; Wolf, P; Schilling, A. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 2013.

This article found that a majority of the nonprofits questioned, lacked strategic behavior and management tools for undertaking volunteer partnership projects with companies. Furthermore, the results suggest that the key to successful future cooperation between nonprofits and profit-oriented organisations lies in the processes of internal evaluation and subsequent strategy development.

Corporate volunteering: A case study centred on the motivations, satisfaction and happiness of company employees. 
Paço, Arminda do; Nave, Ana Cláudia. Employee Relations, 2013.

In this study, researchers analyse the motivations that lead employees to agree to participate in the corporate volunteering activities promoted by their companies, as well as to assess their level of satisfaction and happiness with the activity of volunteering. The volunteers’ experience is satisfactory in all aspects, and is positively related to feelings of happiness. However, the results evidence a weak/moderate relation between volunteers’ motivations and happiness/satisfaction. 

(Mis)Using employee volunteering for public relations: Implications for corporate volunteers’ organizational commitment
Mignonac, Karim; Gatignon-Turnau, Anne-Laure. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2013.

This study examines the conditions under which corporate volunteering initiatives can result in work outcomes. Company support for employee volunteering offers great potential for strategic and human resource management, such as enhancement of employee motivation and commitment, cohesion and teamwork. This study makes the general assumption that employee perceptions of what the volunteering program means to the company can affect how employees themselves respond attitudinally to company support for employee volunteering. 

Social responsibility climate as a double-edged sword: How employee-perceived social responsibility climate shapes the meaning of their voluntary work?
Yim, Frederick; Fock, Henry. Journal of Business Ethics, June 2013.

This study argues the need to enhance volunteer work meanings. The authors hypothesise that pride in volunteer work and volunteering as a calling are determinants of perceptions of the meaningfulness of volunteer work. In addition, they reveal that an organisation’s social responsibility climate (SRC) is a key moderator in these relationships.

The volunteer culture
Hurley, Lynette. Engineering insight, November-December 2013.

This report focusses on the work of Engineers Without Borders New Zealand (EWBNZ), which is an organisation of engineering professionals and students who volunteer their time to deliver humanitarian engineering to disadvantaged communities in NZ and the Pacific. It covers the important role sponsors’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities play in achieving the organisation’s goals. 

Global corporate volunteering: Handbook and business cases
Madrid: Foundation CODESPA, 2012.

This guide approaches Global Corporate Volunteering (CV) through a series of essays, interviews, and case studies that present good practices of companies from all over the world that innovated and resolved challenges through Global CV. The contributions are from experts and organisations with an international consolidated track record.

Giving time, time after time: Work design and sustained employee participation in corporate volunteering
Grant, A.M. Academy of Management Review, October 2012.

This study addresses the under researched subject of sustained involvement with volunteer programs, and when and why employees choose to continue their involvement. Integrating work design and volunteering theories, the author introduces a model that explains how depleted task, social, and knowledge characteristics of jobs trigger compensatory motives during initial volunteering episodes. 

Internal marketing for engaging employees on the corporate responsibility journey
Sanchez-Hernandez, Isabel; Grayson, David. Intangible Capital, 2012.

The purpose of this paper is to explore whether internal marketing could be a powerful tool for engaging employees on the corporate responsibility journey.

Leadership: Profiles in corporate philanthropy
Hurst, Aaron; Kapulnik, Tal. New York: Taproot Foundation, 2012.

This article provides highlights of interviews with 21 corporate leaders about their careers, passions and the evolving relationship between business and community.

Corporate social responsibility and the Millennials
McGlone, Teresa; Spain, Judith Winters; McGlone, Vernon. Journal of Education for Business, July-August 2011.

This study examines the corporate social responsibility (CSR) attitudes of university students and the correlation of these attitudes with willingness to work for companies that emphasize CSR through employee volunteerism. The outcome from an event consisting of 9 high-level executives from for-profit and nonprofit companies explaining their CSR philosophy to these students is described. Results indicated that the event itself was responsible for changes in the students’ attitudes and were not correlated with earlier attitudes or actions.

Global Corporate Volunteering – Interim report 2011

Allen, Kenn; Galiano, Monica; Hayes, Sarah. Global Corporate Volunteer Council, 2011.

This report contains interim results on the regional and global assessment of the nature and scope of corporate volunteering worldwide and region by region and the trends, challenges and opportunities that are shaping it. It also contains the Global Companies Study which focuses on how global companies organise and manage their volunteer efforts.

Business community partnerships in New Zealand: Understanding experiences of partnership
Lee, Louise. Department of Management College of Business Massey University, 2007.

This research examines business community partnerships that address social issues. The study demonstrated that pragmatic versions of partnership are more concerned with the self-interests of the stakeholders, rather than shared community concerns. The findings highlight trust, power and the negotiation of mutual interests as critical issues to understanding business community partnerships in the NZ context.

The invisible crowd – valuing volunteer services
Narraway, Gwyn; Cordery, Carolyn. Chartered Accountants Journal of New Zealand, December 2006.

This report assesses available models for not-for-profit entities to measure the value of time donated by volunteers to their organisations in order to be able to include that value in their statements of financial performance.