Corporate Volunteering: Who Really Wins?

Karen Blakeley

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This chapter summarises the main research regarding the effect of CV on businesses and individual volunteers. At the same time, it highlights the relative lack of research concerning the impact on the charities and SMEs that host the volunteers. It goes on to examine more critical arguments that suggest that academic and corporate stakeholders have little interest in measuring the impact of their activities on their charitable partners resulting in the marginalization of the least powerful stakeholders in the CV mix. This over-emphasis on CV as a tool to enhance corporate performance leaves it vulnerable to economic downturns and changing corporate sentiment. CV can also be seen as a mechanism that governments encourage to disguise the impact of reductions in funding for the non-profit sector. In order to deliver sustainable benefits for all stakeholders, a more inclusive, professional, long-term and equitable approach to research in CV needs to be adopted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility
EditorsAbigail McWilliams, Deborah Rupp, Donald Siegal, Gunther Stahl, David Waldman
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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Blakeley, K. (Accepted/In press). Corporate Volunteering: Who Really Wins? In A. McWilliams, D. Rupp, D. Siegal, G. Stahl, & D. Waldman (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility