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Corporate Giving Around the Globe 2017: CECP

Guidance for corporate community engagement professionals to steer their international strategies and navigate differences across regions.

Giving Around the Globe: 2017 Edition is a treasure chest of insights and best practices on how business can be a force for good.The four topics highlighted are:

  1. How technology can be used to improve employee engagement. 
  2. How businesses can use their advocacy power to uphold human rights and good ethics. 
  3. How the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be used as a road map for defining long-term business goals and recalibrating the positive contributions of business to society. 
  4. How businesses can deal with the rapid growth of voluntary disclosure and become a proactive force on critical issues. 


The Giving Around the Globe Survey captures corporate societal engagement information including giving and volunteering programs. This year, it showed that two traditional employee volunteer programs were the most offered in 2016 by South African companies: all surveyed companies offered Company-Wide Day of Service (a higher offering than in any other region) and nine out of ten companies offered domestic Paid-Release Time.

One out of four companies offered Pro Bono Services and Dollars for Doers domestic programs. Companies from the African region have a larger share of foundation cash giving as a percentage of total giving than any other region. Median total giving as a percentage of revenue among South African companies still has potential for growth when compared to Giving in Numbers benchmarking in 2016 (0.13%).