In 2013, member companies sent more than 1000 volunteers overseas on International Corporate Volunteer programs.
The ICV Leadership Council is composed of representatives from 21 member companies.
Members represent leading companies in ICT, Health, Finance, Agriculture, Consumer Products, Transportation, and Chemicals.
ICV Programs range from 1 week to 6 months in duration, span across 5 continents, and provide a diverse set of services.
ICV Leadership Council Members
Accenture Development Partnerships’ mission is to have a catalytic impact on global development challenges by leveraging Accenture’s private sector skills, assets and global network with our international development sector experience. Launched in 2003, Accenture Development Partnerships has completed 640+ projects – ranging from health and education to energy access and agriculture – in 70+ countries with 140+ client organizations – donors, foundations, NGOs and emerging market governments. Our employees have delivered 1,500,000+ hours of direct work, and collectively contributed $28,000,000+ through voluntary salary reductions as part of our innovative business model.
The BD Volunteer Service Trip Program is designed to allow BD to share its collective knowledge and give associates an opportunity to serve in some of the most disadvantaged places in the world. BD mobilizes its financial, product, and human resources to focus on issues where it can have a significant influence on the health of at-risk populations around the world. It is also a way for associates to participate in pursuing BD’s company purpose of “Helping all people live healthy lives.”
The Global Citizens Program is Credit Suisse’s flagship international skills-based volunteering program for high-performing and high-potential employees. The Program enables its employees to share their expertise and add value to the work of Credit Suisse’s microfinance and education non-profit partners around the world, while simultaneously developing their leadership and other skills through a unique and motivating immersion experience. Employees work directly with partners in the field on a number of business challenges related to Credit Suisse’s core competencies in banking.
Dow Sustainability Corps (DSC) is a skills-based employee engagement program that draws on the Dow employee’s area of expertise to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Through DSC, Dow matches interested and capable employees with nongovernmental organizations, social entrepreneurs, and government agencies that need support for sustainable projects, especially in emerging geographies and areas of growth for Dow. Dow’s aim is to achieve 400,000 employee engagement hours in the next 10 years as part the company’s goal to support sustainable communities and impact a billion people around the world by 2025.
The EY Americas Earthwatch Ambassador program sends high performers on a unique week-long Earthwatch Institute expedition in Brazil or Mexico. Since 2009, more than 100 early career professionals have broadened their professional experience and global mindset with this program. While abroad, volunteers conduct field research and provide skill-based volunteer services to local organizations. Their projects help organizations in the region develop economically and environmentally sustainable practices and help communities reduce their impact on the environment, which is one of EY’s top priorities for corporate responsibility.
Through the EY Vantage Program, EY is dedicating its best resources from across the Americas – their talented, experienced people – to improving the success of promising entrepreneurs in emerging markets, in an effort to create scalable, sustainable economic value. The Vantage Advisors leverage their workplace skills on projects for promising entrepreneurs in Latin America at no charge to the businesses. Each project is designed to leverage the talents of each Advisor and to meet the specific needs of the entrepreneurs.
The Global Leadership Corps program is a four-month intensive learning experience aimed at exposing high-performing FedEx employees to “next generation” ways of doing business: emerging markets, virtual and global teams, diverse cultures, working outside the traditional office, and increased public expectations for sustainable business practices.
Google Reach leverages Google’s strength in human capital, information, and technology to address humanitarian challenges in developing countries. On-the-ground employees spend three weeks with local organizations and small businesses addressing developmental challenges as well as working in communities to improve education, health, and access to technology. The outcome of Google Reach is twofold: Googlers make real impact in communities around the world while developing globally conscious leadership and project management skills.
The PULSE Volunteer Partnership is GSK’s flagship volunteering initiative. Through PULSE, motivated employees are matched to a non-profit organization for three or six months to work full-time, contributing their skills to solve healthcare challenges at home and abroad. Up to 100 volunteers world-wide are deployed annually to accomplish a 3-fold sustainable change mission of changing communities, changing oneself and changing GSK. Since PULSE was launched in 2009, GSK has sent 566 employees from 57 countries to work with 104 nonprofits in 62 countries.
The Smarter Cities Challenge contributes the skills and expertise of IBM’s top talent to address critical challenges facing cities around the world. IBM does this by putting teams of executives, subject matter experts, and other top talent on the ground for three weeks to work closely with city leaders and deliver recommendations on how to make the city smarter and more effective. Over the past 3 years, 100 cities have been selected to receive grants. The Smarter Cities Challenge is IBM’s largest philanthropic initiative, with contributions valued at over $50 million to date.
The Corporate Service Corps was launched in 2008 to help provide IBMers with high-quality leadership development while delivering cutting-edge problem solving for communities and organizations in emerging markets. The program empowers IBM employees as global citizens by sending groups of 10 – 15 individuals from different countries with a range of skills to an emerging market for four week assignments. During the assignment, participants perform community-driven economic development projects working at the intersection of business, technology, and society.
The Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) is Intel’s flagship “high-impact” volunteering program, sending employees on two week assignments to support organizations using Intel solutions in education, health, and economic development applications. IESC teams help customers use Intel technology successfully and showcase solutions to enable large scale deployments. Since 2009, 70 teams of 5 employees have traveled to 21 countries, leveraging technical and training skills to support NGOs and governments, and impacting more than 80,000 teachers and students.
John Deere’s Inspiring Leadership Program is a robust learning model that links leadership development, corporate strategy, and a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility through skills-based volunteer action. The participants come from different global regions and various functional areas in the company, which ensures a multi-functional, multi-cultural diverse team of Deere leaders. They are placed in an unfamiliar global environment for 4 weeks and tasked with accomplishing specific deliverables for their partner organizations that blend naturally with Deere’s strategic purpose: “Committed to those linked to the land.”
The JPMorgan Chase Executive Service Corps is an advanced leadership development program that leverages the skills of JPMorgan Chase employees to deliver high-quality problem solving on behalf of grantees in communities around the world. Since 2013, teams of high-performing JPMorgan Chase employees have travelled to Uberlandia, Brazil, Mumbai, India and Detroit, Michigan. The Service Corps’ work in Michigan is a complement to the firm’s $100 million, five year commitment to the economic revitalization of Detroit.
CooperantesCaixa is “la Caixa” Foundation’s ICV program, the main goal of which is to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people in developing countries through the technical assistance offered by “la Caixa” volunteers. CooperantesCaixa is a results-oriented short-term technical assistance initiative inspired by the main principles of the humanitarian aid sector and designed to complement the work of local NGOs on the ground.
The Mars Ambassador Program is a global, Associate-led initiative that allows the company to put its Principles into Action by making a difference to people and the planet and create a mutuality of benefits for all Mars stakeholders. Since its inception in 2008, more than 450 Mars Associates from across the globe have participated in the program and have had the opportunity to contribute to promoting mutuality in the communities that are critical to the Mars business.
Medtronic Global Innovation Fellows program partners top talent with non-governmental organizations and social enterprises to address healthcare for the world’s most underserved populations. Fellows are taught a curriculum centered on concepts of design thinking and frugal innovation before a 3-week immersion project. Through this skilled service, Medtronic aims to advance its understanding of underserved populations and leverage curriculum concepts, while providing employees with a unique opportunity to impact global health.
Merck, a global healthcare leader based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, U.S.A. (known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada) developed its Fellowship for Global Health program in 2012, as a three-month, field-based corporate pro bono program designed to leverage the skills and talents of Merck and MSD employees. It pairs the best minds from the company with nonprofit partner organizations around the world to provide meaningful and systematic improvements in health service delivery for people in the greatest need. Since the program began in 2012, more than 100 Fellows have collectively traveled over 780,000 miles to help bring healthcare access to vulnerable populations – that’s literally around the world 32 times.
PepsiCorps, a program created by a group of associates with the sponsorship of PepsiCo’s Chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi, is an example of how PepsiCo supports the passion of its employees to make a positive impact. PepsiCorps is a skill-based volunteer program in which associates from around the world form teams that are deployed to help local communities address societal challenges.
The Global Health Fellows (GHF) Program is Pfizer’s signature international corporate volunteerism program through which the company pairs Pfizer colleagues with leading international health organizations to strengthen health service delivery. Fellows are immersed in three to six month specialized assignments, working hand-in-hand with community-based partners to help improve health care systems while gaining new perspectives on global health challenges and how the public and private sector can work together to address them.
In 2010, born out of the success of the GHF program, the Global Health Teams (GHT) program was launched to expand and diversify the volunteer opportunities for colleagues to work together in small groups to share their cross-functional expertise with non-profit institutions. International teams work on three week in-country assignments and US-based teams dedicate approximately 4 hours per week over a two to three month period.
One of the PIMCO Foundation’s flagship programs is the Emerging Enterprise Program (EEP), through which the PIMCO Foundation donates human capital and funding to help entrepreneurs in emerging countries build new businesses and improve lives. Its partner in this endeavor, TechnoServe (TNS), works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. Since the program launched in 2011, nine PIMCO employees have volunteered a total of 72 weeks in-country, working alongside emerging entrepreneurs to help shape and scale local businesses.
Born out of the success of the Social Sabbatical, a unique local version of the Social Sabbatical was developed in 2014. The SAP Local Social Sabbatical is a high-impact volunteering offering where local SAP employees work in cross-functional teams to address concrete business challenges of local organizations in the education or social entrepreneurship sector. The delivery model is a combination of onsite and virtual volunteering and the teams are supported by Social Sabbatical alumni specifically trained to mentor the teams and implement the program successfully. In 2015 the SAP Local Social Sabbatical is rolled out to 5 important SAP locations and is set to scale rapidly in 2016 to at least 10 new SAP locations worldwide.
The SAP Social Sabbatical which piloted in 2012 is a unique, short term assignment for SAP top talents who work in international, cross functional teams to solve business challenges for the education or social entrepreneurship sector in emerging markets, while strengthening their leadership competencies, cross industry sector know-how and intercultural sensitivity. Participants get the unique opportunity to turn SAP’s vision of “helping the world run better and improving people’s lives” into their personal reality. Having started with 30 participants in three countries in 2012, the program is designed to deliver on the promise of triple impact and is already sending 120 participants to 10 emerging markets in 2015.
Symantec Service Corps is a program facilitated by Symantec’s corporate responsibility department. The Service Corps program is designed to increase employee engagement and develop technical, teaming, and leadership skills while also supporting global communities by providing local partners in emerging markets with pro-bono professional services and skill sets they may not otherwise have access to.