Corporate Volunteerism Emerges from Infancy, Identifies Key Challenges

New data shows that international corporate volunteer programs like those run by IBM, PepsiCo and Intel win high marks inside companies, but the practice faces questions about its development impact – and whether it is scaling fast enough among companies.

“benchmarking” study of corporate volunteerism programs conducted by PYXERA Global, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that works with companies to run volunteer programs, found that 94 percent of companies surveyed were “pleased” or “extremely pleased” with their programs. The top benefit mentioned was building employee skills and leadership capacity.

“If these were Yelp reviews, the restaurants would be flooded,” said Steve Hurley, a senior consultant at PYXERA Global, which hosted its fourth annual gathering of companies, nonprofits and others at the International Corporate Volunteerism conference this month in Washington, D.C.

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