Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV)
ESV is also known as corporate volunteering, employee volunteering or volunteering leave.
“An initiative developed by the employer to assist employees in participating in all forms of volunteering that are consistent with the values of the organisation, this may be in form of a partnership between the employer and one or several VIO’s.”
How does ESV work?
ESV combines the employer, the volunteer and the volunteer involving organisation – usually a charity or community group. Employers often organise team volunteering activities, but they can also give staff the opportunity to take time away from work to volunteer individually within their own community. This might include support for employees to become a charity trustee or board member, to participate in ongoing community activities, or to support local events and fundraising appeals.
ESV has real benefits for everyone involved:
- Although many employees volunteer in their own time outside work and ESV is a small part of the time they volunteer, for others an ESV programme enables them to participate when they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.
- Volunteering can provide skills development and increased motivation for employees when they return to work, as well as contributing to individual well-being.
- It’s a great way for employers to meet their corporate social responsibility objectives. Working with charities and building partnerships in the local community enables employers to give time and practical support to help address local needs.
- The contribution made to volunteer involving organisations can make a real difference for beneficiaries in the short and long-term through both one-off volunteering events and ongoing partnerships.
Who takes part in ESV?
Approximately 70% of FTSE 100 companies have an ESV programme. In smaller organisations the percentage is lower, yet 20% of employees of medium businesses and 14% of employees of small businesses have the opportunity to take part in ESV.
The majority of employees (58%) say that they would be very or fairly likely to volunteer if their employer offered them help to do so. [‘Volunteering is the Business’DirectGov 2011, commissioned by Volunteering England (2014)]