Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council Selected as Regional Lead for United Nations Impact 2030 Action Team

PHILADELPHIA– March 8, 2017 – The Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council (GPCVC), a coalition driven by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) to increase the collective impact of employee volunteer engagement through greater collaboration between the business and nonprofit sectors, has been selected to serve as the Regional Lead for the United Nations IMPACT 2030 Action Team.

“Global change starts in local communities,” said Jim Cawley, president and CEO of UWGPSNJ. “There is so much fantastic, impactful work already being done by the business community throughout our region, and IMPACT 2030 provides an opportunity to further our collaboration to achieve long-term, high-level change. We’re proud that our GPCVC is taking a leadership role in driving that work forward to change lives and strengthening communities, in support of local and global goals.”

IMPACT 2030 is a global initiative that leverages the power of employee volunteer programs to support the achievement of the United Nations’ (UN) Global Sustainable Development Goals. By aligning companies and their local employee volunteer efforts with global goals, the initiative strives to create real and sustainable change by 2030.

The GPCVC is comprised of nearly 40 member companies, including AmerisourceBergen, Comcast Corporation, the Dow Chemical Company, Enterprise Holdings, Independence Blue Cross, PECO and Vanguard. GPCVC membership provides volunteer opportunities to help improve member companies’ recruitment and retention; enhances corporate morale, loyalty and productivity; and gives members’ employees a new perspective and stimulate creativity by working with nonprofits and other partners with unique needs and circumstances.

As the Regional Lead, the GPCVC will convene and oversee the local Action Team, comprised of stakeholders from private and public sectors. The Action Team will support local businesses in aligning their volunteer and corporate social responsibility programs with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and develop shared metrics, tools and best practices to guide local efforts.

“Coordinating efforts means maximum impact,” added Marcia Gelbart, senior director, Communications, Community Investment for Comcast and GPCVC co-chair. “As the Regional Lead, the GPCVC will establish a framework and identify best practices that drive local work and provide a model for other regions of the strength and change that comes through collaboration and partnership.”

The GPCVC is recruiting companies to join the local Action Team. Companies interested in joining should contact Chris Major at cmjaor@uwgpsnj.org. For more information about the GPCVC, visit UnitedForImpact.org/GPCVC.

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