What’s the impact of international corporate volunteerism?

As more companies get engaged in international corporate volunteering programs, many wonder just how much social and business impact these programs actually have — and how to measure those results.

Measuring impact is critical not only in determining whether a program is effective in achieving social goals, but also in how the business goals are met — which is essential to the program’s sustainability.

About 39 companies around the world now have international corporate volunteering programs, up from about 26 in 2013, according to PYXERA Global. And those firms are increasingly strategic about the programs they run, aligning them more closely with core business, said Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global, which earlier this month hosted a conference focused on the global pro bono community.

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