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Helping Hand - Employee volunteering has become an important element of corporate social investment, with numerous benefits for all involved

by Silke Colquhoun

Dec 31, 2014

Swapping your pinstriped suit for overalls to help renovate a neglected school, or changing your high heels for gumboots to plant a vegetable garden -- without pay and in your free time -- could be one of the best things to do for yourself and your company. According to Colleen du Toit, CEO of Charities Aid Foundation (CA F) Southern Africa, 'The majority of the large, listed companies now support some form of employee volunteering and this activity is often planned in a manner which complements corporate social investment [CS I] initiatives. So, for example, employees are encouraged to volunteer in NGOs where the company CS I takes place.