Business Corps Year One Impact
In October 2011, the U.S. Chamber Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) launched Business Corps, a first-of-its-kind collaborative corporate volunteerism initiative with nine leading companies.
The pilot program took place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, with a focus on delivering pro bono expertise in local community organizations. Now, a year later, Business Corps is a proven example of the power of a multi-company network with a common objective: to redefine how businesses work together and leverage their respective strengths to collectively address society's needs.
In honor of Business Corps’ one year anniversary, at the 2012 Global Conference BCLC issued the Year One Impact Report, showing the value of the program to both the companies and nonprofits involved. Some of the report highlights include:
- Nine companies – Alcoa, Amadeus, Dow Chemical Company, Greif International, HP, IBM, Merck, Motorola, Tupperware Brands – formed the Business Corps network to donate more than $250,000 in pro bono services to three Rio-based nonprofits.
- Executives Without Borders, the implementing partner in the Rio pilot, organized 24 corporate employee volunteers from Business Corps members into cross-company work teams, which consulted with the nonprofits to provide skilled expertise such as IT services, business planning, event management, and more.
- Business Corps members are dedicated to making a difference in four core areas: increasing access to education, stimulating entrepreneurism, advancing vocational training and improving conditions for employment opportunities.
- Through Business Corps, the education nonprofit CDI gained access to IT technicians that helped migrate email systems and provided other IT consultative services to help CDI develop a technology platform to reach students in rural parts of Brazil.
- Youth outreach nonprofit Bola Pra Frente received business planning and event management services through Business Corps.
- Saúde Criança received translation services rendered by Business Corps volunteers to help expand its public health and poverty reduction capabilities.
The Business Corps program is a win-win situation for both companies and communities. The year-one impact report contains insight and commentary from both corporate volunteers and community organizations alike.