How EY and SAP are Championing Corporate Volunteering

Volunteer programs are not just about helping the community. Businesses are reaping the recruiting rewards too
Feb 12, 2014 3:00 PM ET

Original article on theguardian

For most people, volunteer work means a shift at the soup kitchen, or an afternoon wielding a hammer to build low-income housing. This fall, for Andrew Nawoichyk, volunteer work meant seven weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, helping a fledging footwear company create an expansion plan.

"The idea was to integrate directly into the company and really work with them hand-in-hand," said Nawoichyk, a senior manager at EY (previously Ernst & Young). "It was interesting and challenging, being in a different culture, working with a company in a different language."

Nawoichyk's experience was one of a growing number of volunteer opportunities available to corporate employees, as more and more companies are looking to formal volunteer programs as a way to attract the best candidates, improve employee engagement and retention, and better target their philanthropic efforts to the needs of the organizations they serve.

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Original source: theguardian