Employer-supported volunteering (ESV) gives employees the opportunity to volunteer during working hours. Organisations have an impact on the communities in which they operate and many employers have introduced different types of volunteering programmes for employees to support community organisations and charities with their time and skills.
This factsheet examines the benefits of ESV for employers, employees and the community itself, and looks at how to put ESV into practice by taking into account organisational, employee and community needs. Lastly, the factsheet explores contemporary critiques of employer-supported volunteering, as well as its proponents.
This factsheet was last updated by Fiona Scott: Senior Social Impact Manager, CIPD
Fiona oversees a number of CIPD volunteering programmes. Part of Fiona’s remit is to raise the profile of social impact within the profession so that more people professionals give their time and skills to the community.
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