Employee Engagement with a View

Earlier this month, SVCF had the distinct pleasure of collaborating on an event with our friends at CECP. The topic of this event was Global Employee Engagement and it was hosted by SVCF partner, Glamour, at the new One World Trade Center building. That’s where the “with a view” part comes in. 

This roundtable discussion brought together about twenty five CSR practitioners from a range of industries including fashion, financial services, publishing, insurance and even professional sports. The roundtable was kicked off with an introduction to Glamour’s philanthropic initiative – The Girl Project. Glamour shared insights as to the “why?” behind The Girl Project and how they are leveraging the company’s unique business strengths to catalyze social impact in the area of girls’ secondary education.
 
When not gazing out at the sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor, our guests listened intently to some of the key findings from our Global Employee Engagement Report, issued last summer. This report takes a deep dive into employee engagement in Brazil, China, India, South Africa and the U.K.
 
The key takeaway we shared was that when taking a program global, practitioners may need to adapt their program designs, communication and budgets in response to cultural norms and the legal landscape surrounding philanthropy and employee engagement. While programs may not be one-size-fits-all globally, you can take your CSR programs global with a little bit of local help and some creativity. We also shared some tactical considerations related to program design including how to factor in currency conversions, vetting standards and matching gifts caps.
 
Following our presentation, CECP’s Carmen Perez shared more about their exciting initiative – The Global Exchange. The Global Exchange is a network that unites country-based, mission-driven corporate societal engagement support organizations, which follow a model similar to CECP. Examples of similar organizations would be Trialogue in South Africa or Comunitas in Brazil. CECP has some exciting things on the horizon for this network – we’re looking forward to learning and seeing more from the exchange in the future.
 
The roundtable was a great opportunity to share more about our insights on employee engagement and philanthropy on a global scale, meet some fellow CSR professionals and visit with some clients and friends. Sincere thanks to the CECP team as well as our partner, Glamour, in making the roundtable a great success!
 
To learn more about how SVCF can help your company with employee engagement, or if you have an interest in hosting a similar presentation on the findings from this report, please contact donate@siliconvalleycf.org.