Mina is a researcher in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. In 2016 she completed her honours thesis – ‘Firing Up Without Burning Out: The Effects of Servant Leadership on Wellbeing’ – for which she received the University Medal. She is now a PhD candidate and the recipient of the Business School Social Good Scholarship. Mina’s approach is multidisciplinary and her interests include human performance at work, workplace innovation and leadership development. She is particularly enthusiastic about the role that business can play in addressing societal problems.
Corporate volunteering: The karmic paycheck?
Corporate Volunteering is a topic of growing importance in workplaces around the world, with increasing numbers of workplaces supporting employee volunteering programs as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives. Activities that increase a company’s CSR objectives are those that take into account multiple stakeholders, maximizing performance in not only a company’s financial, but social goals. Yet, most of the evidence about the benefits of corporate volunteer programs is anecdotal. This research will add to our understanding of corporate volunteering and its role in creating shared value for organizations, not-for-profits (NFPs) and the communities they serve. It is being undertaken with the Credit Union Foundation of Australia, a NFP working with communities in the Asia-Pacific region to lift them out of poverty by developing and supporting financial cooperatives.