CSR with DWC
Why care about corporate social responsibility?
Because your customers and employees do. More than 75% of North American consumers consider environmental and social factors before making purchasing decisions. That’s a 15% increase from 2005. At the same time, 79% of employees want to work for a company that cares about its impact on society. Socially responsible companies can more easily build a loyal, long-term customer base. They also have a greater ability to attract and retain the best employees. As a result, a strong corporate responsibility strategy will increase awareness of the cause while strengthening your business. The right partner will help you develop a program that is aligned with the values of your business and backed up by real world action. That’s where we come in.
As a Canadian Charitable Organization with no professional, political or religious affiliation, Developing World Connections can provide the building blocks of your corporate social responsibility strategy. Based on an initial conversation about your company’s values and overall mission, we’ll find a project from within our portfolio that meets your CSR objectives.
Once started, we will provide the tools to communicate your CSR activities to your internal and external stakeholders. These include elements at the beginning of the partnership, selected benchmarks and project completion (or annually for longer term commitments). Tools include:
• Photos and/or short videos
• Detailed project information
• Quotes and interviews from project beneficiaries and participants.
• Community profile and progress reports
How can my company get involved?
A partnership with Developing World Connections can range from a simple donation to a customized international volunteer experience. Softchoice, for example, is a computer company with the charitable goal of providing technological resources in developing countries. To achieve this, Developing World Connections created a customized trip for 12 of their employees to the Gashora village in Rwanda. We established the project and took care of all travel arrangements and in-country logistics. In return, the Gashora village learning-center received an internet-ready computer lab. Softchoice has since taken CSR trips to both Sri Lanka and Bali, integrating an IT component into each project.
Our association with individual Home Hardware stores is another example of a beneficial CSR partnership. Through project sponsorships and an employee participation program, the stores have provided tools and funding for projects all over the world. They have built homes in Sri Lanka and Cambodia, community care centers in Swaziland, and a library in Guatemala.
Our goal is to help you create a customized program that is aligned with your business. Here are just a few ways to get involved:
• A customized International Volunteer Experience for your employees
• Employee participation on a Short Term International Volunteer Experience joining other volunteers on a project
• Commitment to a longer-term multi-trip project (ie. Construction of a school, medical centre, irrigation system)
• Sponsorship of a single trip or a project within a trip (ie. Construction of a home, well, latrine, etc.)
• In-kind donation of expertise, products or services
• Monthly cash donation
What’s the next step?