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International corporate volunteering deepens local community involvement by leveraging human assets and technical skills to improve conditions such as the environment, health care, or education. Effective practices for local (employees based in countries outside headquarters volunteer in their communities) and cross-border (employees travel abroad to volunteer) service models are examined.

Top Takeaways

  1. High-impact international corporate volunteering programs require strong leadership and careful strategic choices to advance business goals and effectively address critical global issues.
  2. Aligning international corporate volunteering programs with philanthropic and corporate social responsibility activities allows for improved prioritization and promotion.
  3. Working collaboratively with other companies can dramatically increase the impact of your international corporate volunteering program.
Footwear and apparel company Timberland demonstrates how employee volunteering can be focused on issues aligned with a firm’s corporate strategy. [In addition to] volunteering in communities in which employees live and work, the company has also targeted events strategically to deepen relationships with key business partners and customer segments.

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FSG's Greg Hills discusses corporate volunteering.