United Nations Development Programme
Trinidad and Tobago
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Forum on Corporate volunteerism
The Forum on Corporate Volunteerism on the 22 September 2010 was a huge success both for participants from Trinidad and Tobago’s Private Sector and those representing Civil Society. The United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) welcomed close to 50 volunteer managers, corporate communications and community relations professionals as well as business development specialists from sector-specific associations such as the T&T Manufacturer’s Association (TTMA). Learn more about the Forum by reading the Final Workshop Report, watch some video highlights or enter our photo gallery.
We would like to say a special thanks to our speakers – Mr. Nicolas Galt (TSL Group) and Mr. Robert Riley (bpTT) for their thought-provoking and very personal contributions to the meeting, as well to our Steering Committee members for their dedicated and passionate support for the cause of employee volunteerism. The UNV team hopes that this workshop was only the beginning of a process of collaboration among national stakeholders and that other activities of awareness-raising, brainstorming and project inception will follow. In going forward, we intend to turn this webpage into a virtual meeting place for the corporate volunteerism community in T&T and a one-stop-shop for concepts, position papers, events calendar and other information.
The UNV Country Office Team
Corporate volunteerism is a practice pertaining to the private sector that emerged in the USA in the late 1970s. The principles inspiring corporate volunteering are related to the practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and are based on the premise that socially responsible behavior carried out by companies, contribute to the development of the society as a whole. Increasing pressure and growing demands for compliance with ethical standards coming from many stakeholders (consumers, investors, citizens, employees) have caused companies to increase their social engagement and to adopt socially and environmentally responsible behavior. It therefore seems desirable that any sensitive corporate response to these demands should include a greater degree of corporate volunteering for the benefit of the community. This can be achieved both through activities carried out by employees ,who volunteer their time and energy, but also through the commitment of the company itself, utilizing its human and financial resources to serve the community as part of its job.
Ms. Rene Berryman-Sheppard, firstname.lastname@example.org 623 7056 ext. 232