Employee volunteering, the business case

There are sound business reasons for engaging in employee volunteering to tackle social issues.

Benefits include:

  • positive effects on brand value and reputation

  • the bringing to life of corporate values

  • building of networks through collaboration with other businesses

  • engaging companies and suppliers

  • it can also increase a company’s chances in tendering processes

The support of employee volunteers can make a real difference to local communities.  Many community organisations, groups and charities are experiencing a huge increase in demand for their services at the same time as being faced with cuts in public sector funding that have left them struggling to continue providing much-needed services.

Employee volunteering can provide the manpower to achieve otherwise unrealisable tasks for these organisations, help to raise the confidence and aspirations of service users, improve physical spaces, or allow in-kind savings which mean more funds can be invested in the delivery of quality services.

Engaging in volunteering also benefits employees. It can develop individual’s talent and skills and boost staff morale and loyalty.  Demonstrating your company’s commitment to community investment can also aid staff recruitment and retention.