What are International Corporate Volunteerism (ICV) & Pro Bono Advisory and Pro Bono Advisor Programs?

ICV programs provide opportunities for a firm’s skilled associates to go “on loan” as pro bono advisors to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries where the NGO has identified a need for specific expertise in a project. Each project is unique, with defined goals and deliverables for NGO capability- or capacity-building, while fulfilling sponsoring firms’ strategic, organizational, and philanthropic objectives. Research shows that well-designed ICV and pro bono advisory programs are good for business. 

CALL’s ICV programs are designed for high-potential employees to gain cultural agility and the leadership skills necessary for an organization to grow, innovate and create competitive advantage in our global economy. Research shows that an effective corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy engages employees, increasing loyalty and productivity, and is also an important factor in attracting new talent.  Experiential learning is highly effective for gaining new skills and knowledge.  Northeastern University‘s proven cooperative learning model paired with the National Peace Corps Association’s experience and relationships ensure that your firm maximizes the value of each international volunteer project, while simultaneously benefiting your partner NGO. 

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+ Recognition and Reputation

Good news stories about employee volunteers generate reputation enhancing media coverage for the company. Senior executives surveyed in a Forbes-published global study of corporate reputation attribute 60% of a company’s market value to its reputation. 
 

+ Employee Engagement and Retention

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The Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey found that employees who frequently volunteer through company-sponsored volunteerism opportunities are almost 30% more likely to rate their employers’ corporate culture positively, are 19% more likely to say they are proud to work for their employer, and about 20% more likely to express a higher level of loyalty toward their employers.  

The Corporate Leadership Council found that engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave an organization than those who are disengaged.

Corporate Social Responsibility

ICV programs align with firms’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals.  Sharing the skills of business professionals enable NGOs to build their capacity and better serve their constituent communities.​ Research has found that ICV experiences, when designed well, actively foster social responsibility. Participants engage in a greater level of volunteerism on their own time after the ICV experience.  

Strategic Growth and Innovation 

ICV programs take a multiple stakeholder perspective, maximizing the shared value among employees, their companies sponsoring the ICV program, and the communities in which the ICV participants serve. These ICV programs have been found to foster innovation and knowledge transfer, especially in the area of emerging markets.  Participations in ICV programs also build a positive organizational reputation, which in turn builds positive brand recognition, so critical for increasing market share.

Human Resource Development, Engagement, and Retention

ICV programs have a tremendous benefit for talent.​ They enhance organizational attractiveness, making it easier to recruit critical talent globally.​ Well-designed ICV programs increase employee engagement long after the service has been completed. These IVC programs, when designed well, also build cross-cultural competencies and cultural agility among participants – faster and more cost effectively than international assignments/relocation and university-based programs alone. 

+ Change in Cross-Cultural Competencies Over Time for International Corporate Volunteers

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