corporate partnerships

Kenyan Apprentice: Zuckerbergs of Nakuru pitch for big bank funding

Over the past four weeks, junior bankers from Citi have been working with eight aspirational entrepreneurs from Nakuru, Kenya. They’ve been mentored and supported to grow their businesses as part of VSO’s Knowledge Exchange programme, delivered through our partners Balloon Ventures.

This week, they're appearing before a panel of experts, including senior Citi employees, to pitch for funding to take their businesses to the next level.

Growing Together: Big business nurtures Bangladeshi farmers

New research published this week suggests more than half of working Brits would like to volunteer to make a difference overseas, if they had the support of their employer. With this level of demand it's small wonder that corporate volunteering is on the rise.  

But what exactly does corporate volunteering look like in practice, and who does it benefit? We take a look at Bangladesh, where senior figures at agribusiness giant Syngenta are working in partnership with 7000 local farmers in Rangpur and Dinajpur districts.

Overcoming adversity in India

VSO works with IBM to send groups of employees to developing countries to use technology, business and talent to solve social problems. IBM’s Corporate Service Corp (CSC) has recently been to Bangalore in Karnataka, India’s Silicon Valley. Amongst their many projects, a sub‐team were supporting Enable India, an organisation which strives to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Salvador Segura‐Ortega is part of IBM’s global HR team, located in Mexico City. Taking part in CSC, supporting people with disabilities, had an extra special meaning for Salvador, as he too has a physical disability.

Working with business to support cocoa farmers

VSO values joint programmes with corporate partners that deliver development impact whilst contributing towards business objectives. Here, VSO UK Corporate Partnerships Manager, Hannah Ward explains our work with Mondelēz International and the impact we are seeing in over 100 cocoa farming communities in the Eastern region of Ghana.