How MilliporeSigma Built Its Employee Volunteer Program


Employee volunteerism has become an essential component of a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement strategies. In this episode, Melissa Hackmeier, global head of employee & community engagement at MilliporeSigma, joins the podcast to discuss how she launched the company’s first ever global volunteer program and the best practices and lessons she’s learned along the way. Listen in to hear her talk with host Rachel Hutchisson about the keys to engaging employees, how to secure executive buy-in, and how technology can help enable a program’s success.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • How Melissa developed and implemented MilliporeSigma’s first-ever SPARK™ global volunteer program, which has more than 9,700 employee participants engaging 235,000 students in 36 countries to date
  • How Melissa secured buy-in for their program
  • The key’s to the program’s successful launch and lessons learned along the way
  • The role of technology in enabling a successful global volunteer program
  • The SPARK program’s biggest impacts, both internally and externally
  • Melissa’s advice for other CSR professionals looking to start or grow employee volunteer programs
  • What nonprofits looking to engage with corporate volunteers should consider

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