Employer-supported volunteering (ESV) gives employees the opportunity to volunteer during working hours. Organisations have an impact on the communities in which they operate and many employers have introduced different types of volunteering programmes for employees to support community organisations and charities with their time and skills.

This factsheet examines the benefits of ESV for employers, employees and the community itself, and looks at how to put ESV into practice by taking into account organisational, employee and community needs. Lastly, the factsheet explores contemporary critiques of employer-supported volunteering, as well as its proponents.

CIPD viewpoint

What is employer-supported volunteering?

Types of volunteering opportunities

Why does employer-supported volunteering matter?

Putting employer-supported volunteering into practice

Critiques of employer-supported volunteering

Useful contacts and further reading

This factsheet was last updated by Fiona Scott, CIPD’s Community Investment Team.

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