With the leadership of Suby Ivatury, our Regional Voice Lead (RVL) in Bangalore, and support from IBM, IMPACT 2030 hosted its first corporate-driven SDG roundtable in the Southern Region of India this past March. Like-minded motivated organizations worked together and brainstormed on the present day requirements to leverage corporate volunteering and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. IMPACT 2030 Partners, Founding Stakeholders, India’s corporate leaders and the national government exchanged ideas and discussed practical steps and actions they can take to find a direction in which corporate volunteering could be spearheaded to create a new volunteering pattern in India framed by the accomplishment of the 2030 Agenda. This will also be reported to the United Nations in due course. The Roundtable was conceived as a starting point to scale efforts nationwide.
For a first time pilot, the roundtable exceeded expectations. CSR leaders from 20 organizations joined the conversation, including SAP, IBM, Cognizant and Intuit. PYXERA Global, iVolunteer and other stakeholders from the Government and the IIM University also joined the conversation. To get the conversation going, participants where asked about the merit of organizations coming together on volunteering and how best to do that. Companies kicked off a dynamic discussion of collaboration models for volunteering and the tools they are implementing locally. Stakeholders talked about how to celebrate volunteering and IIM emphasized the need to link Sustainability and Strategy in mobilizing the dialogue towards finding ways to expand the group’s efforts and be more impact focused.
Great and positive feedback was given particularly from those companies early in the process of aligning their employee volunteering efforts with the development goals. Participants also celebrated the unique approach the workshop developed. As a result of this event, SAP offered to host another convening. Suby will document the practices and continue mobilizing efforts locally.