What is corporate responsibility?
Corporate responsibility covers all forms of company support for the community, including community projects, employer supported volunteering, gifts in kind, sponsorship and donations.
Volunteering has been nominated as one of the nation's favourite pastimes, so it follows that a large proportion of these volunteers are employees. Unfortunately their efforts are often unsupported and unrecognised by their employers. Why should this be the case?
Employers all over the country are realising that to develop this initiative results in a more motivated, multiskilled workforce who see their job as contributing not only to company profits but to society as a whole. Businesses also enjoy fringe benefits such as increased profile in the community and customer loyalty.
By supporting the community and Employee Volunteering, businesses can take advantage of the following benefits:
Employees also reap substantial benefits from volunteering:
What is the Volunteer Centre's role?
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire is, in essence, a community broker offering a service to businesses to find the most appropriate involvement for them. This service promotes best practice within CCI and ensures that your business contribution is delivered to the organisations that need it most. The form of contribution is entirely in your hands; Volunteer Centre West Berkshire will present you with a range of opportunities.
Who can we help?
There are many groups and organisations in the community who can benefit from your help:
Some ideas of what you could do ...
A Team Challenge is a practical team activity for employees and all levels of management to work on. The challenge usually takes a day or two to complete and is a great way for businesses to get involved in the community for the first time.
The great advantage of a team challenge is that the results are immediately recognisable: you can really see how you've made a difference. Volunteer Centre West Berkshire will prepare challenges for you to consider.
So how do we get started?
Here are a few guidelines to get you going:
Is your business plugged in to the community?
For more information, contact:
Garry Poulson, Director