The Benefits of Corporate Volunteering
Queue the fanfare! It’s time for our second instalment of Volunteers Week! Today, we’re going to talk about corporate volunteering. Have you ever wondered why companies who offer volunteering opportunities are so successful? Or perhaps you’d like to find out more about what volunteering with the Rivers Trust looks like? Well, have no fear! We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about corporate volunteering. Thank you to Sage People for the information in the section below.
How Could Corporate Volunteering Benefit Your Organisation?
- Workplace Pride: Employees are more likely to take pride in an organisation which shows support for volunteer causes. When employees are given paid time off to volunteers, it’s likely that they’ll share this news with their families and wider social networks.
- Happy Employees = Longterm Employees: Research conducted by Great Place to Work demonstrated that employees are more likely to stay with an employer with a volunteering program. Providing employees with the opportunity to ‘give back’ to their community makes them feel more positively about your organisation, increasing the chances that they’ll stay in the role longterm.
- Connected Teams: Corporate volunteering encourages employees to work together. Banding together in order to achieve a common, altruistic goal is a great way to build relationships and support networks.
- Nurturing Leaders: Volunteering can encourage employees to develop valuable leadership skills, as well as helping to identify those who would make capable leaders in the workplace.
- Skill Building: Corporate volunteering can help employees to build new skills, leading to boosted self-esteem and motivation. The different opportunities available through volunteering could expose employees to a whole new set of interests.
- Mental & Physical Benefits: Research has shown that companies offering volunteering opportunities report reduced levels of sick leave. Volunteering is associated with positive changes in mental and physical wellbeing, leading to happier, healthier employees.
Corporate Volunteering Within the Rivers Trust Movement
Pernod Ricard, a global drinks company, believes that they have a “responsibility to protect the environment”. As a company operating in the drinks industry, they understand the importance of looking after water sources. In order to demonstrate this commitment, Pernod Ricard spent time volunteering with the South East Rivers Trust.
Volunteers from Pernod Ricard had fun creating 30 rain garden planters, which they donated to a school in the South East catchment. As well as brightening up the playground and attracting biodiversity to the area, these planters can filter dirty rainwater, trapping contaminants and preventing them from re-entering waterways. Each planter also slows the flow of water during period of heavy rain, allowing drainage to occur and reducing the risk of flooding. Who knew something so pretty could be so useful!
Charlene Duncan of the South East Rivers Trust was thrilled by the success of the event. She commented “As well a producing attractive SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage) planters to brighten school playgrounds, it also educated the participants about the need for sustainable drainage systems. spreading the message that we all have a part to play in protecting rivers and communities”.
If you would like to find out more about corporate volunteering opportunities within the Rivers Trust movement, don’t hesitate to contact your local trust today.