U.S. Chamber Issues Report on Pilot Program to Create Economic Opportunity in Emerging Markets

October 7, 2012

For Immediate Release – October 11, 2012                                             
Contact: Bailey Gilchrist, 202-463-5766

Nine U.S. Companies Provide More Than $250,000 in
Pro Bono Services in First Year

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) issued a report today detailing the impact of Business Corps, a philanthropic pilot program launched last year with the support of nine leading U.S. companies.  The program, which operates in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, is led by BCLC and is dedicated to collectively impacting society by leveraging business acumen and employee talent to support community organizations in strategically targeted areas.

“The Business Corps pilot program in Brazil has shown that U.S. companies can effectively work together to increase the scale and impact of corporate employee volunteerism around the globe,” said BCLC Senior Manager Taryn Bird.  “U.S. corporate involvement has helped turn a unique vision into reality.”

Business Corps’ founding members include Alcoa, Amadeus, Dow Chemical Company, Greif International, HP, IBM, Merck, Motorola, and Tupperware.  Members work together in pro bono teams to create improvements in four key areas: increasing access to education, stimulating entrepreneurism, advancing vocational training, and improving conditions for employment opportunities.

Business Corps’ pilot location, Rio de Janiero, is a growing economy, working to upgrade its infrastructure and social services in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.  In one year, 25 employees from the nine member companies provided more than $250,000 worth of skilled expertise to three community organizations in Rio: Bola Pre Frente, Saúde Criança, and CDI.  These nonprofits, selected as Business Corps partners due to the immense benefit they deliver to Rio’s community, received pro bono services, including IT networking and consulting, business planning and event management, and translation and language capabilities. 

Executives Without Borders is the implementing partner in the Rio pilot project, using its expertise to form cross-company volunteer teams whose skills and knowledge align with the needs of the community organizations.

Business Corps will be a featured topic on October 11th at BCLC’s Global Conference at the U.S. Chamber headquarters in Washington, D.C.

To read the full report issuedtoday, please visit: Business Corps One Year Impact Report

BCLC is the U.S. Chamber’s resource and voice for businesses’ social and philanthropic interests.  Its mission is to advance the positive role of business in society.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.