PYXERA Global Announces Annual 5th International Corporate Volunteerism Conference

PYXERA Global Announces Annual 5th International Corporate Volunteerism Conference

Multinational corporations address global pro bono and emerging market growth on April 8th
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 5:45pm

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ – PYXERA Global proudly announces the event line-up for the Annual International Corporate Volunteerism (ICV) Conference on April 8th, 2014 in Washington, D.C. As part of Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets, corporate practitioners and social sector leaders will address how corporate volunteerism can enhance leadership development, encourage frugal innovation, spur business insight, and fuel hybrid and sustainable value chains.  The day’s lead sponsors include SAP, IBM, and Merck & Co., Inc.  and the event will feature conversations on a spectrum of topics, including:     

  • Partners in Innovation:  How can ICV programs foster sustainable approaches to the most important needs facing businesses today? Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Regina Starr Ridley speaks with GSK, Shared Value Initiative, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies to answer this question.
  • Pro Bono Volunteering Fosters Leadership:  How do ICV programs advance employees’ ability to perform in leading roles in new, and often challenging, global markets? Author, Philip Mirvis, speaks with past global pro bono participants from Google, PepsiCo, and IBM.
  • Do-ers Versus Dollars: How Talent is Changing the Nature of Philanthropy:  How can corporations effectively invest their human capital alongside their corporate philanthropy?  CSRwire CEO, Joe Sibilia looks at this question with leaders from John Deere, Medtronic, Global Impact, and Global Giving.
  • Transformation Through Education: How can corporations support universal education around the world, in surprisingly innovative ways? The US Global Leadership Center’s Richard Crespin will speak with Eva Halper, at Credit Suisse and Amy Black, at Teach for All about how Credit Suisse’s Global Citizens Program is supporting social entrepreneurs seeking to catalyze educational opportunities around the world.
  • Hardwiring CSR to Leadership Development:  How are traditionally CSR-oriented initiatives are becoming hard-wired into talent development efforts? The Dow Chemical Company shares their story from the point of view of CSR and HR.
  • The ICV Continuum: Where is your company on the ICV continuum?   A dozen corporations including Symantec, JP Morgan Chase, Dow, Credit Suisse, EY, Pfizer, Intel, SAP, Google, IBM and La Caixa Foundation will be featured in three parallel sessions that showcase the different stages of ICV programming – Getting your ICV Program off the Ground, Perfecting the Practice, and Finding Sustainability & Market Growth, providing an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities they have experienced along the way.
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration in Global Health: The Public Health Institute’s Global Health Fellows Program-II, along with a number of leading corporations including Merck, GSK, and BD, and senior leaders from USAID will explore the opportunities and challenges of developing effective partnerships between the public and private sector in the dynamic domain of global health.
  • Executive Speed Networking: Leading implementers in pro bono and corporate philanthropy including Charities@Work, VolunteerMatch, and Global Giving will share their expertise in a lively series of executive speed networking chats.
  • Keynote speaker and author of “A Better World, Inc.Alice Korngold, will address the advancement of global pro bono as an approach that enables companies to address both international social challenges while developing their top talent development.  Closing keynote, Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global, will give a look-ahead on the future of global development.

Eva Halper, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at Credit Suisse, noted an increasing perspective among corporations on international corporate volunteerism.  "For a global firm, a stable social and economic environment is key to our long term success as a company," stated Halper. "We see ourselves as an integral part of society.  We want to work with our partners long term. We want our relationships to grow and have an impact."   

In addition to Credit Suisse, SAP, IBM, and Merck & Co., Inc, Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets  is proudly sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, EY, Intel, BD, GSK, Symantec, the Public Health Institute, PepsiCo, Google, John Deere, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Pfizer, PIMCO Foundation, La Caixa Foundation, and Charities at Work.  Media sponsors include Stanford Social Innovation Review, CSRwire, Devex, and 3BLMedia.

Learn more about Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets here.   
Follow the conversation on Twitter on #Catalyze14.


About PYXERA Global
PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal) leverages the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals. Our vision is of companies, governments, and NGOs working together in new ways to efficiently increase global well-being through standard business practices.


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