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Why choose VSO Knowledge Exchange?

The increase in skills is a clear and demonstrable benefit of corporate volunteering

Knowledge Exchange is VSO's corporate employee volunteering offer. 

20 years’ experience, 11 corporate partners, 175,500 volunteer hours.

Delivering sustainable impact in communities while delivering shared value to companies:

  • 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
  • Deepen involvement with and understanding of global supply chains

Lasting impact of volunteering

In a recent survey of volunteers from nine of our corporate partners ​91% stated they were more engaged with their company’s CSR policy and 74% actively made recommendations for positive change. Download the full report.

Your employees

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

  • Innovation, problem solving,  flexibility, strategic thinking, empathy and team leading skills
  • Cross cultural awareness and communication skills through immersive experiences  
  • Ability to deliver projects and programmes linked to achieving the United Nations SDGs
  • Design thinking and product development to suit emerging markets  

The Lasting Impact Report found that 77.5% of staff learned how the operations of the business impact the poor and marginalised.

Volunteering For Development

VSO’s 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
  • Local organisations and communities have a better understanding of, and engagement with, the private sector
  • Creating new, sustainable development programmes
  • Improving the systems and processes of VSO’s development work including recruitment, monitoring and evaluation.

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Bespoke corporate volunteering packages

Talk to us about your priorities for corporate volunteering. Combine different elements or design an entirely original programme tailored to your business.

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Christopher Borthwick, Private Sector Partnerships Manager, VSO VSO

Christopher Borthwick, Private Sector Partnerships Manager

To find out what your business could achieve through a partnership with VSO, please get in touch with our dedicated private sector engagement team.

Contact Christopher today to find out more:


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