In Advance of Giving Tuesday, Recent Survey Data Shows Employee Volunteerism in the Workplace is on the Rise in 2023

The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) Survey Shows 61% of Companies Saw an Increase in Employee Volunteer Participation 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 15, 2023
CONTACT: Dana Frazeur | Sr. Marketing Manager
Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals | 854-529-1511

FAIRFAX, VA – In advance of #GivingTuesday on November 28th, survey data recently released by the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP), the nation’s leading advocate for corporate social impact professionals, finds that employees participating in volunteer activities in the workplace increased in 2023 with companies offering a greater variety of options and time-off for volunteering. Furthermore, in-person and virtual volunteering options have become standard in corporate volunteerism programs as remote work continues to be prevalent.  

Related data points from ACCP’s 2023 CSR Insights Report include:

  • 61% of survey respondents reported that participation in employee volunteer activities increased in 2023, a welcome sign compared to the decline in recent years primarily due to the COVID pandemic.
  • To increase participation rates, companies are offering a greater variety of volunteer options. Survey respondents noted increased opportunities for group volunteering (59%) and more focus on in-person volunteering opportunities (48%) while also adding more options for individual volunteering (35%).
  • 25% of survey respondents experienced an increase in their employee engagement budgets in 2023.

(Source: ACCP’s 2023 CSR Insights Survey)

“Our survey data shows today’s workplace is a major source for fulfilling Giving Tuesday’s mission to ‘pursue radical generosity,” said Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) president and CEO Carolyn Berkowitz. “Employee giving and volunteerism programs increase engagement and tangibly align corporate values with those of employees. In today’s highly competitive talent market. employee volunteerism and giving are essential strategies for recruiting, engaging, and retaining staff.  A recent IBM study showed that 70% of job seekers are more likely to apply for and accept an offer from socially responsible companies.”

ACCP’s survey data is compiled from the organization’s 4th Annual CSR Insights Survey of 149 companies representing more than $1 billion in community investments conducted throughout April 2023, which found “participation in employee volunteerism is increasing and continues to adapt to the changing workplace.”  Additional data comes from ACCP’s 2023 Making the Case for Corporate Social Impact, which helps corporate citizenship professionals build a compelling, data-driven business case for the value of corporate responsibility initiatives.

In a recent Forbes column titled, “Following the Data: Why Companies Should Prioritize ESG and Tips for Success,” Berkowitz pushes back against anti-ESG groups and individuals in the vocal minority peddling false and misleading information attacking corporations for enacting business policies that engage employees, enhance bottom-lines, help grow our economy, and strengthen communities. 

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The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) is the preeminent membership organization advancing the practice of corporate social impact. ACCP increases the effectiveness of CSR & ESG professionals and their companies by sharing knowledge, fostering solutions, and cultivating inclusive and supportive peer communities. ACCP amplifies the voices of its practitioner network to elevate strategies that work, provide innovative solutions, and expand impact.

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