Volunteer supporting income generation project in Kenya

International corporate volunteering

Knowledge Exchange is VSO's corporate employee volunteering offer. Through Knowledge Exchange, we facilitate impactful collaborations between companies and community organisations, creating shared value through skilled volunteering.

91%

91% of corporate volunteers strongly agree that their volunteering experience increased awareness of their company's CSR/sustainability policy.

74%

74% of corporate volunteers surveyed actively made recommendations for positive change within their organisation.

100%

100% of development partners report they are better able to deliver their programmes as a result of the business skills shared by Knowledge Exchange.

Volunteer programmes for your business

Do you represent a business looking to develop your talented employees, while changing lives in the world's poorest communities?

 

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Syngenta corporate volunteer Christophe Bousquet  on placement in Mithapukur, RangpuBangladesh
VSO/Syngenta/Abir Abdullah

Delivering value to your company

Knowledge Exchange supports your company to:

  • achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of your corporate responsibility and sustainability plan;
  • develop sustainable leaders of tomorrow;
  • reward your employees and engage them with your CSR work;
  • improve talent acquisition and retention;
  • understand new markets and opportunities;
  • innovate new products and services; and
  • deepen involvement with and understanding of global supply chains.

Volunteering was the tool we chose to give our senior leaders the insight and first-hand experience required to deliver our sustainability strategy.

Juan Gonzalez-Valero,
Head of Public Policy and Sustainability, Syngenta

Developing your employees

Knowledge Exchange placements are proven to develop key competencies of future leaders, including:

  • innovation, problem solving, flexibility, strategic thinking, empathy and team leading skills;
  • cross-cultural awareness and communication skills;
  • the ability to deliver projects and programmes linked to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals; and
  • design thinking and product development to suit emerging markets.

Meaningful placements

Our high standards of volunteering ensure sustainable impact in the communities within which we work, building resilience, inclusion and social accountability.

Corporate volunteering projects focus on:

  • demonstrable improvements in the lives of communities living in poverty;
  • building capability and skills of local development partners;
  • enabling local organisations and communities to have a better understanding of, and engagement with, the private sector;
  • creating new, sustainable development programmes; and
  • improving the systems and processes of VSO’s development work including recruitment, monitoring and evaluation.

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Recent assignments

Two women harvest tomatoes in a large field in Rangpur, northern Bangladesh
VSO/Qamruzzaman

VSO and Syngenta

Supporting smallholder farmers to increase their yields and incomes

VSO volunteer in Nigeria. Part of the Accenture-funded Improving Market Access for the Poor programme.
VSO/Onye Ubanatu

VSO and Accenture

Taking thousands of people from poverty to prosperity.

IBM staff on volunteer placement in India
VSO/Gitika Saksena

VSO and IBM

Mentoring change-makers through employee assignments in India.

Cocoa farming in Ghana. Augustina Frimong collecting fermented cocoa seeds, Ashanti region.

VSO and Mondelēz

Working together to build a better life for cocoa farmers.

Randstad volunteer Jenny Hoevenagel looks at crops in a field next to members of a youth co-operative
©VSO/Ginny Lattul

VSO and Randstad

Building our capacity to recruit and place talented volunteers with local partners.

Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Project in Kenya
VSO/Jeff DeKock

VSO and Citi

Supporting entrepreneurs to grow communities

Bespoke corporate volunteering packages

Talk to us about your priorities for corporate volunteering: we can work together to combine different elements of existing programmes, or design an entirely original project tailored to your business.

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