Green volunteering employee scheme wins staff backing

An environmental employee volunteering project, run by five charities including the National Trust, has attracted 3,500 participants and is calculated to be worth £500,000 since 2001.

Its report, Sharing the Caring: hands-on action in the countryside and community, quantifies the success of the Home Office-funded programme.

The Environmental Volunteering Project, run by BTCV, the RSPB, the Wildlife Trust and the Youth Hostel Association, started three years ago.

The report finds that a growing number of companies are factoring employee volunteering into staff's personal development plans, instead of CSR initiatives.

The news comes one month after a Social Market Foundation report found that many companies often restricted volunteering except in their own schemes (Third Sector, 29 September).

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