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.
|Time||Monday, May 8th|
|9:30-10:45||Welcome and Opening Plenary
Cesar Alienta, President, Fundación Telefónica
Corporate Volunteering in the Digital Age
How are technologies enabling more impactful volunteering? This session will explore different ways that technology can be leveraged – from on-line volunteering to technology enabled education for underserved children, to new and creative means to empower women and girls, plus methods to strengthen resource –starved NGOs.
Lucila Ballarino, Fundación Telefónica
|12:45-14:00||Forum Session 1
Leveraging the Impact of Corporate Volunteering
through Multicompany Collaboration
Company-to company partnerships in corporate volunteering are rare. There are many issues to reconcile –different company cultures, goals, stakeholders and approaches to societal issues. In this forum participants will discuss the example of: Pro Futuro, which aims to bring educational opportunities to disadvantaged youth with a digital mobile classroom.
Angél Font, Obra Social ”la Caixa”
|15:30-17:00||Forums Session 2
Cross Border Volunteering
Patricia Benchenna, Schneider Electric
|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
Audrey Guibat Demont, Medtronic
|12:30-13:45||Forums Session 4
New Perspectives on Impact Measurement
Jorge Mayer, EDP
The Value of Collaboration and Partnerships
in Corporate Volunteering
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.
Early bird rate ends March 31st
Regular rate: €300
Open to members of IAVE Global Corporate Volunteer Council, Research Working Group on Disaster Volunteering, and Voluntare
Early bird rate ends March 31st
Regular rate: €125
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