IAVE 2014 – IBM and BD win top global volunteering awards
The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) recognised two companies for their global volunteering efforts at the Gala Dinner of the 23rd IAVE World Volunteer Conference on September 17. Their Excellencies, the Governor-General, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Lady Cosgrove were the guests of honour.
“In today’s world it is more important than ever that there be strong collaboration between the public-private sectors and civil society in order address the challenges facing communities,” said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation. “BD and IBM are excellent examples of companies leveraging their resources and people in order to support our communities through impactful volunteer programs and the IAVE partnership.”
IBM was selected as the Global Corporate Volunteering Program Winner. This award recognises a global company that shows an exemplary overall approach to global corporate volunteering with a well-thought-out strategy that fits well with their values and an understanding of global issues and local realities.
“We are honoured to receive the Global Corporate Volunteering award from IAVE. IBM integrates corporate citizenship and social responsibility into every aspect of our company. Through our On Demand Community, we empower employees and others to serve their communities. The program leverages the professional skills of our employees and applies them to pressing societal issues where they work and live. By doing so, we aim to create sustainable value to help make the world a better place,” said Louise Davis, IBM Asia Pacific Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Executive.
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) was chosen as the Inspiring Practice Winner. This award recognises a global company that has created a high-impact volunteer initiative designed to meet a specific community or societal need. This award is about tangible outcomes that resulted from a specific volunteer-based strategy to meet a particular need.
“BD is pleased to accept this award on behalf of our 30,000 associates around the world, our Trusted Partner, Heart to Heart International and the people of Haiti,” said May Kwai Cheong, BD’s Vice President for Central Asia. “The BD Volunteer Service Trip program enables BD to fulfill its purpose of ‘Helping all people live healthy lives.’ We are honored to receive the Inspiring Practice Award.”
Schneider Electric, UPS, RBC and Credit Suisse were awarded Honorable Mention certificates.
The aims of these awards are to recognise global companies that are thinking creatively and bringing innovation to their volunteering to make a difference in the lives of their communities and employees. The 23rd IAVE World Volunteer Conference is organised by the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and hosted by the National peak body for volunteering, Volunteering Australia.