Performance Indicators for High Impact Corporate Volunteer Programs
01 May 2008

One of the high points of the 20th World Volunteer Conference of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), held this year in Panama City, was the signing of an agreement through which IAVE's Global Corporate Volunteer Council (GCVC) can now offer a new tool to its member companies.

The tool, 'Performance Indicators for High Impact Corporate Volunteer Programs', is an online system available in three languages – English, Portuguese and Spanish – which enables companies to diagnose the level of development of their volunteer programmes, identify strengths and weak points and develop plans for future development. The signatories to the agreement were the IAVE board of directors plus Iniciativa Brasil and the Civil Society Consulting Group (CSCG), the consulting firms that created and manage the Indicators.

At the Panama conference, held from 2-5 April 2008 IAVE brought together representatives from all five continents to take part in a marathon of seminars, as well as information and experience sharing activities. As part of the event, GCVC also held its second meeting. GCVC is a branch of IAVE dedicated to corporate volunteering. Its members include 15 large global companies, including Vale from Brazil, Samsung from South Korea, Telefonica from Spain and Citi, Disney, and UPS from the United States.

With the incorporation of the 15 GCVC global member companies, data from each user will become part of a worldwide database, which will provide an overall picture of corporate volunteer programs. Each user company, in addition to using the Indicators to measure its own strengths and weaknesses, will also be able to compare the stage of development of its program in comparison with that of other user companies.

Companies have to be invited to get the password and the access. Its objective is to create a global database of the state of the art of current corporate volunteer programs and help companies to determine where are their strengths and where there are opportunities for improvement.

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