Private sector engagement
The private sector has huge potential to lift vast numbers of people out of poverty. Through private sector engagement, VSO share our respective resources, networks and expertise to deliver positive results.
VSO works with the private sector at all levels, including with some of the best known companies in the world.
Partners bring valuable knowledge about global business and markets, as well as sector-specific expertise. VSO partners with organisations willing to innovate and push the boundaries of what's possible.
What could your company achieve through partnering with VSO?
Develop talent and engage employees through corporate volunteering
Join Citi and other companies by co-creating an effective corporate volunteering package through VSO Knowledge Exchange.
Design and support programmes that change lives
Help communities in need through VSO's proven, sustainable approach. Our programmes developed with Accenture have directly equipped 62,000 disadvantaged people with the skills to increase their income.
Allow us to design a unique challenge event or teambuilding package to engage staff while raising funds to reduce poverty.
Corporate partnerships making an impact:
VSO and Mondelez: Building a better life for cocoa farmers
Innovation: Coaching to spark social innovation and new ways of working, with assignments up to one month.
Boosting Bangladeshi farmers' income with Syngenta
Linking farmers to markets and training that allow them to lift themselves out of poverty.
What partners say about us:
"It's not just philanthropy; it's leadership development and business development, and it helps build economic development in the emerging world."
Stanley Litow, vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs, IBM
"VSO helps us meet our business needs. Through our support of VSO and its unique approach, thousands of cocoa farmers and their families learn the skills and expertise needed to create a lasting legacy."
Cathy Pieters, global director of Cocoa Life, Mondelēz International
"I love the fact that VSO's work is so concrete and that we, as a company, can play a vital role in supporting their fight against poverty."
Jacques van den Broek, chief executive, Randstad
“The growth of small businesses can help build a community; increasing wealth and opportunity for all. All the entrepreneurs have benefitted from coaching, and Citi has learned a lot about the challenges small businesses face in accessing finance, technology and markets. Citi is proud to be working with VSO Knowledge Exchange on such an innovative project.”
Rachel Barber, head of community development Europe, Middle East and Africa at Citigroup
"I would recommend the VSO experience to anyone - it could change your own life and hopefully the lives of some others."
Gib Bulloch, former executive director, Accenture Development Partnerships
To find what your company could achieve through partnering with VSO, please get in touch with our dedicated private sector engagement team.
Paul Benson, senior private sector engagement manager
Phone: +44  20 8780 7345
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