The goal of the conference is 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. The conference will focus on corporate partnerships– with NGOs, with community and public sector organizations, and with UN agencies as well as company-to company collaborations. The health and strength of these partnerships is key to impactful corporate volunteering.
The 2017 conference will build on the conversations and learning that took place at the European Conference on Corporate Volunteering held in Zurich in September 2015, as well as the Forum: Corporate Volunteering Response to the Refugee Challenge held in Berlin in May 2016.
The conference format is a mix of plenary sessions and forums. Plenaries are designed to present big ideas and provide inspiration. Forums are breakout sessions where participants share projects, partnership insights and best practices. The purpose of forums is to stimulate a lively discussion to help shape our thinking and improve our own practices.
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|Time||Monday, May 8th|
Cesar Alienta, President, Fundación Telefónica
|9:50-10:45||Opening Plenary: The Current Environment in Europe for Corporate Volunteering|
Corporate Volunteering in the Digital Age
How are technologies transforming the way people collaborate? With the huge drop in the cost of communications, the efforts of planning and organizing people’s work have also lowered. This session will explore how companies have been using technology to broaden volunteer opportunity channels and to create decentralized models for volunteer collaboration.
José Bendito, United Nations Volunteers
|12:30-14:00||Forum Session 1
Skills Based and Pro Bono Volunteering
This topic continues to be top of mind for most volunteer managers. How do you choose a project that
is right for your company and your employees? And how do you recognize and put to work the skills of all of your employees, not just high-level professionals? What is an appropriate balance between skills-based and “hands-on” employee volunteering? What are the limits in bringing it “to scale”?
Antoine Colonna d’ Istria, Pro Bono Lab
|15:30-17:00||Forums Session 2
Cross Border Volunteering
Patricia Benchenna, Schneider Electric
|17:30-18:30||Networking Cocktail Reception|
|21:00-23:00||Dine around Madrid|
|Time||Tuesday, May 9th|
Working to Reverse Youth Unemployment
The unemployment rate for youth in Europe is as high as 40% in some countries. Corporate volunteers have an important role to play in mentoring, skills building, supporting and modeling entrepreneurship and providing insights and opportunities in their workplaces. This session will share how leading companies are approaching this important issue.
Begoña Barberá, Iberdrola
|11:15-12:30||Forums Session 3
Aligning Volunteer Programs with the Sustainable Development Goals
Audrey Guibat Demont, Medtronic
|12:30-13:45||Forums Session 4
New Perspectives on Impact Measurement
Alicia Lenze, SAP
|14:45-16:00||Conference Wrap-Up and Next Steps
Wolfgang Krell, Augsburg Volunteer Center, IAVE National Representative (Germany)
The Value of Collaboration and Partnerships in Corporate Volunteering
Ana Sainz, Directora General, Fundación SERES
Participants are responsible for securing their own accommodations. Use of the site Trivago is helpful in comparing rates. The following hotels are located near the conference venue:
Calle Gran Via 38
TRYP Madrid Gran Vía Hotel
Calle Gran Via 25
Petit Palace Plaza del Carmen
Plaza del Carmen 4
H10 Villa de la Reina
Calle Gran Via 22
Hotel 7 Islas
Calle Valverde 14
NH Collection Madrid Suecia
Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 4
The registration fee covers coffee breaks, lunches, evening reception, materials, and access to all sessions.
Open to members of IAVE Global Corporate Volunteer Council, Research Working Group on Disaster Volunteering, and Voluntare
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