IAVE and Credit Suisse, one of the world’s leading financial institutions, co-hosted the European Conference on Corporate Volunteering in Zurich Switzerland on August 31 – September 1, 2015. Businesses of all sizes and from any industry, headquartered or operating in Europe, were invited to participate. Representatives from over 77 different corporations and organizations were in attendance.
The goal of the conference was to significantly advance both the discussion and the practice of corporate volunteering in Europe, engaging key thought leaders as well as executives and managers of companies committed to developing strong, high impact volunteer efforts.
Dr. Michael Hastings: LORD HASTINGS of SCARISBRICK CBE
Global Head of Corporate Citizenship
Dr Michael Hastings: LORD HASTINGS of SCARISBRICK CBE is a recognized global leader for corporate social responsibility, both during his tenure at KPMG and previously at the BBC. He has been an active participant in the World Economic Forum, including as leader of the WEF Agenda Council – The Future of Civil Society. He is Chairman of Millennium Promise UK and is a member of the global Millennium Promise Board. He has been honored by Her Majesty The Queen of England with an independent peerage to the House of Lords. The University of Kent awarded him a Doctorate in Civil Law in recognition of the work he has led on international development and corporate responsibility. He serves a President of ZANE, a development agency focused on Zimbabwe.
United Nations Volunteers
Richard Dictus took position as Executive Coordinator of United Nations Volunteers in 2013, bringing over 25 years of experience, in increasingly responsible positions, with various agencies in the United Nations system. He has served in Malawi, Yemen, Sudan, Lesotho, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Fiji and UNDP Headquarters in New York. He leads over 7,300 UN Volunteers who work at the forefront of peace and development in some of the most difficult working environments in the world and more than 150 professionals who support their work in 86 field offices worldwide. Through his leadership, UNV is playing a major role in ensuring the recognition of volunteering as a strategic asset to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. He is actively building strong volunteer-based partnerships with the private sector.
“la Caixa” Banking Foundation
Liberty Information Technology
Sparring Partners Ltd.
Swiss Re Foundation
Zurich Insurance Group
B360 education partnership
Bavarian Network of Volunteer Centers
Business in the Community Northern Ireland
Corporate Volunteer Association Turkey
Habitat for Humanity
National Research University Higher School of Economics
Plan International Switzerland
Pro Bono Lab France
Russian Managers Association
Russian Volunteer Development Center
Social Input Association
Swiss Red Cross
The Tzeva Foundation
United Nations Volunteers
University of Hamburg
Züricher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
The program content was developed with significant input from multiple European companies. Its primary focus was on the forces shaping corporate volunteering, globally, regionally and within companies – opportunities, innovations and challenges. It explored such issues as how companies can increase the impact of their volunteer efforts, how they can leverage technology to increase participation and how volunteering can be a strategic asset in achieving business goals. It also will shed light on how companies can build strong strategic partnerships with leading NGOs, United Nations agencies and one another to contribute to the UN’s post-2015 development agenda.
The conference included several plenary sessions featuring our headline speakers and forum sessions in which companies were given the opportunity to share their experiences and showcase their volunteer efforts. Conference presentations are now available to view online.
Thank you to our corporate partners for sponsoring the European Conference on Corporate Volunteering.
Many thanks to these colleagues for their assistance in promoting the conference to their networks