The European Employee Volunteering Awards aim to recognise companies of all sizes across Europe that have developed schemes that help people facing barriers to work increase their employability skills.
Run by the Business in the Community International Team and co-funded by the European Commission, the project is closely aligned to the European Year of Volunteering 2011. It is supported by Business in the Community\'s Awards for Excellence Manager Claire Brady and a consortium of expert partners, including four CSR360 GPN partners (UPJ, SMART Kolektiv, Warsaw Volunteer Centre, Foretica), CSR Europe, the Corporate Citizenship, the East England Development Agency and a group of international practitioners from KPMG and Freshfields. The European Employee Volunteering Awards Scheme is sponsored by Alliance Boots and Tata Consultancy Services.
There are currently excellent opportunities to profile leadership through sponsorship of individual Awards or the whole programme. Background The European Commission announced on 3rd June 2009 that 2011 would be the European Year of Volunteering (EYV). This decision came after a 2 year campaign by European networks of volunteer organisations (including ENGAGE) and will entail a range of activities, programmes and events that will take place under the EYV umbrella.
One of the EYV 2011 flagship programmes is the 2011 Year of the Volunteer Awards Programme that will showcase best practice in European Employee Volunteering, focusing on effective and well measured programmes, which transfer skills for employability. KPMG and Freshfields provided development funding to enable this programme to proceed. The support provided follows on from their long term commitment and support for corporate volunteering and their aim to extend engagement across Europe.