Participants will be placed as short-term (4 week) consultants with non-profit organizations in emerging markets who focus on improving education for children, youth, and/or adults in order to give them the skills to actively and successfully participate in the digital economy.
SAP’s support means that companies of all sizes can participate in this type of global program; the cost is $16,000 per person, inclusive of travel and accommodation.
ABOUT CORPORATE CHAMPIONS FOR EDUCATION
As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP’s enduring purpose is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. SAP Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fosters digital inclusion and creates opportunity for underserved people and communities through programming and partnerships that build digital skills, power best-run nonprofits and social enterprises, and connect SAP employees with purpose.
For the last 7 years, one of the most powerful ways they have done that is to place highly skilled professionals into short-term pro bono positions in underserved communities around the world through their Social Sabbatical programs. Now, they are going one step farther—extending that platform to other companies to join them in this effort. Building on their extensive experience, SAP is establishing a Global Pro Bono program, in partnership with PYXERA Global, from which multiple companies and organizations can benefit.
The Corporate Champions for Education will be a comprised of skilled professionals from across industry sectors who will form teams for short term assignments specifically to build capacity in organizations to enable greater inclusion and opportunity in the digital economy. SAP will fund underlying program development, administration, and implementation, thus creating an affordable option to firms who join the effort. The fee for each participant will be $16,000, inclusive of travel, hotel, and food, as well as preparation and on-the-ground support.
GLOBAL PRO BONO PROGRAMS PROVIDE A 'TRIPLE WIN'
Unparalleled global leadership development for participants
Skilled consulting to build capacity in host non-profits
New insights, engaged employees, and well-deserved CSR reputations for the participating companies
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Global Pro Bono?
Global Pro Bono (GPB) initiatives are an increasingly popular trend with companies around the world and include programs that provide opportunities for employees to leverage their professional skills in communities where they do not normally live or work. Through a GPB assignment, participants provide services to host client organizations (often local non-profit organizations, social enterprises, local government or educational institutions) based on the skills they utilize in their daily jobs. Projects are intended to provide economic and social benefit to the host organization and community while building leadership behaviors, creating market insights, and spurring innovative thinking. Programs have been designed to address a variety of corporate objectives, including providing experiential learning opportunities for high potential employees, directly engaging employees in the company’s corporate social responsibility strategy in critical growth markets, developing employees’ global perspectives, and addressing vital design and innovation challenges for new or growing markets.
How many corporations have Global Pro Bono Programs?
There are more than 27 corporations implementing various GPB program models including executive programs, virtual programs, fellowships, and locally based team programs. These corporations include SAP, JPMC, Merck, Dow Chemical, IBM, Medtronic, FedEx, GSK, and PepsiCo, among others.
Why contribute expertise?
Traditional corporate social responsibility contributes to global development with dollars, while Global Pro Bono contributes with expertise—transferring critical skills and knowledge that is often unattainable in the local market.
How does the company benefit from sending employees?
Companies primarily benefit in three ways. First, companies gain insights into rapid growth economies through their employees. Secondly, employees develop global leadership capabilities that they carry with them back to their jobs and throughout their careers. This four-week immersion experience has served as an unparalleled leadership development experience for hundreds of corporate leaders, accelerating both their intellectual understanding of needs and opportunities as well as their emotional intelligence to appropriately convert it to value at a fraction of the cost of an expatriate assignment. Finally, companies earn reputations for authentic corporate social responsibility by putting their most important resources to work on critical community challenges.
What is the objective of the program?
The objective of the program is to bring together 5-15 professionals from private sector corporations to use their diverse perspective and skillsets to build the capacity of organizations that are addressing education specifically with regards to building capacity in organizations to enable greater inclusion and opportunity in the digital economy.
What are the dates of the assignment?
To be determined. Participants will deploy for a four-week assignment to work with selected local host clients on a negotiated scope of work. During this time, participants will be 100% focused on the defined and agreed upon project scopes. They are required to attend all team meetings including, but not limited to, a team-building meeting and orientation session at the beginning of the deployment phase, a launch event with local host organizations, weekly team meetings, and a close-out event at the end of the assignment, which includes presentations and a debriefing.
How do we assure the safety of our employees?
PYXERA Global’s commitment to safety and security is a top priority. We have a well-developed safety and security protocol, which will be included in the customized logistics guide. The team will be supported by a local manager on the ground, who will be available to the team for the duration of their stay, especially in an emergency or health-related situation. All participants must be covered by an employer-provided health insurance policy. In addition, we do require emergency travel assistance programs, like SOS (most companies already provide this for their employees, but we can provide guidance and recommendations if your company does not currently have such coverage). Our pre-work will include at least one session (1-2 hour webinar) on living and working in-country which will cover security and safety tips. In addition, during the weekend of the arrival, the entire group will spend a day in orientation for their new environment, and the participants will be briefed by a security professional on site.
How is the Corporate Champions for Education different from other Global Pro Bono Programs?
Most GPB programs are staffed and funded by a single corporation. The Corporate Champions for Education is designed to have multiple companies represented on the cohort and is an opportunity for companies to send single individuals (up to five), paying only the direct costs of the expenses to place the individual participants in the assignment. This provides an affordable way for small and medium companies to participate, as well as an economical way for large companies to pilot an approach and determine whether a corporate pro bono program would meet their strategic needs.
How many corporations will be involved in this project?
We expect to field a team of between 5-15 participants on this innovative project. Each participating company may send up to five participants; the final approval of candidates is made by PYXERA Global.
What does the $16,000 fee cover?
The $16,000 (per participant) fee covers the direct expenses of the participating company’s employees to be deployed in-field for a four-week immersion experience, including coach airfare, project-related ground travel, hotels, local mobile communications, and a modest per diem for food, laundry, and other incidental expenses. Companies pay PYXERA Global, and PYXERA Global takes care of all logistics, arrangements, and the appropriate support to assure that participants are oriented, safe and secure while in-field. In general, employees continue to receive their salaries and benefits during their assignment, but that is the decision of each individual company. SAP will fund underlying program development, administration, and implementation, thus creating an affordable option to firms who join the effort.
How do I know that our company candidates will be chosen? What are the requirements for individuals to participate?
We are looking for high performing, highly skilled, corporate professionals willing and able to spend four consecutive weeks, working pro bono, to build the capacity of local organizations to address public health issues. No specific experience in either education or the region is required or expected. Applicants must have at least two years’ tenure with the sponsoring company, with at least three to five years of professional experience, and be in high standing, ideally with potential for leadership.
We are looking for individuals who have professional skills in at least one of the following areas: communications, finance/accounting, human resources, information technology, marketing/sales, project management, organization strategy and development, operations management, business process development, logistics, supply chain, quality management, or general consulting. In addition to the professional skills, we are looking for people who are willing to embrace the unknown and work in an environment that is safe and secure, but not necessarily comfortable. Curiosity, flexibility, creativity, good humor, and an abiding interest in serving others are personal qualities that we have found to be important in pro bono assignments as well.
What are the benefits to participants?
Participants gain critical global leadership skills through an experience that accelerates both intellectual understanding and emotional intelligence. Participants will learn new information and skills about working in emerging markets, including learning to work in complex environments with limited resources, providing them with insights to create value, which they can take back to their workplace. The experience enhances their career while also offering high-impact expertise to organizations that would not otherwise have access to the skills and expertise that they bring.
Through the Corporate Champions for Education, participants also have the opportunity to work with employees from other private sector corporations, which can lead to appropriate collaborations lasting well beyond the timeframe of the assignment.
What is the application process?
The application process will vary according to the needs of corporate clients. Companies may run an internal application and interview process themselves, sending up to 10 nominee applications to PYXERA Global for final selection. Alternatively, companies may send one to five pre-selected candidates depending on how many employees they want to field. PYXERA Global has developed a standard application form that companies can use to guide their internal application process. Participants will be selected and assigned to a team based on a range of criteria, including skills, experience, language, and other considerations. The final participants must be approved by PYXERA Global.
Business and operations skills of all kinds are needed with regards to building capability and capacity in organizations to improve education and create opportunities for an inclusive, digital world. These include accounting, consulting, marketing, sales, business process development, human resources, operations management, supply chain, logistics, strategy and planning, communications, information technology, project management, quality management, and finance and investment.
What is the time commitment from an employee participating in the program?
- Pre-work: Participants will undertake one to two hours of work each week for eight weeks before the assignment, during which time the participants will join weekly phone calls with their team and occasional calls with their clients.
- On-location: Participants will be on assignment (in ) for four consecutive weeks. Participants will be featured in communications while on assignment (which could include press, social media, photography, videography, podcasts, etc.) and will be encouraged to communicate about their experience, ideally weekly.
- Post-assignment: Participants will be expected to participate in a modest level of communications activities and respond to immediate and long-term surveys. Participants will also attend a one- hour virtual reintegration session during the first month upon return.
Why do participants need to do pre-work and what does it entail?
The Corporate Champions for Education program consists of an eight week preparatory phase prior to deployment. Pre-work helps to set the stage for the assignment so that participants are as prepared as possible to make an impact on their host organization from day one. Virtual pre-work will be conducted via conference call and consists of a series of modules covering culture, program objectives, education issues, fundamental consulting skills, logistics, security, and communications, among other relevant topics. Participants are also introduced to their assignment during the pre-work phase and are encouraged to begin working in their sub-teams to develop a work plan and approach prior to their arrival at their project site.
"I could not have asked for a better opportunity to work with colleagues from around the world and across organizations. Together we all learned that adaptability was one of the most critical skills that would enable our personal growth and our organizations future success."
—KELLY CHANDLER, Communications Leader, The Dow Chemical Company, USA
Global Pro Bono Participant: Global Health Fellows II Program in Rwanda