The National Volunteer Centre (ÖKA) is developing a culture of volunteerism since 2002. With the PRO - Corporate Volunteering Conference ÖKA want to create an opportunity to share experiences and best practices that ÖKA and corporations gained in recent years. ÖKA invited experts from Hungary and abroad who have gained considerable experience in the planning and implementation of corporate volunteer programs. The organizers hope that the program will help companies and host organizations to form and develop their own corporate volunteer best practices and partnerships. Corporate volunteer programs are becoming more integral part of corporate responsibility in Hungary. Some companies have more than a decade of experience however for the majority this is a new opportunity and they try different ways to integrate it into work operations. Views and opinions may be different about these programs, but overall nobody doubts the positive internal and external impacts of it.

The companies that are launching volunteer programs all reporting about several positive effects which would not happen without these experiences. Great opportunities exist in the partnerships that are created through the corporate volunteering programs; these positively shape the hosting NGOs and the internal work climate of the company as well. More and more companies are willing to help beyond their physical capacity and promote pro bono volunteering thus enter into exciting new discovery. ÖKA believe s that social innovation is an important yet largely untapped resource based on these opportunities. 


9.00 - 13.00: Morning Plenary Session

9.00 - 9.10: Welcome – Mr. M. André Goodfriend, Chargé de Affaires, Embassy of the United States of America

9.10 - 9.20: Welcome – William Benkő President, American Chamber of Commerce

9.20 - 9.30: Welcome – Mr. András F. Tóth CEO, National Volunteer Center (ÖKA)

9.30 - 9.50: Corporate Volunteer Program at Budapest Bank – Mr. Ferenc Rolek Deputy CEO, Budapest Bank

9.50 - 10.10: The impact of volunteer programs on the Human Resources – Ms. Mária Janka HR Director, E-On Hungary

10.10 - 10.30: Global developments of Corporate Volunteering – Mr. Kenn Allen President, Civil Society Consulting (Washington D.C., USA)

10.30 - 10.45: Coffee break

10.45 - 11.05: Vodafone Volunteer Community – Ms. Ibolya Gothárdi HR Director, Vodafone Hungary

11.05 - 11.30: New trends in Corporate Volunteering in the US – Ms. Jackie Norris Director, Points of Light Corporate Institute (Washington D.C., USA)

11.30 - 11.55: Corporate Volunteering at American Airlines – Mr. Sam Santiago Principal, Community Programs, American Airlines (Dallas, USA)

11.55 - 13.00: Return of Investments and benefits of Corporate Volunteer Programs - Panel discussion, Chaired by Mr. László Radácsi Phd.


Mr. Norbert Fogarasi CEO, Morgan Stanley Hungary

Ms. Judit Iglódi-Csató Marketing and Corporate Relations Director, TESCO Hungary

Mr. Nikos Kalaitzidakis CEO, Coca-Cola HBC Hungary

Mr. Diego Massidda CEO, Vodafone Hungary

Mr. Ferenc Rolek Deputy CEO, Budapest Bank 

13.00 - 14.00: Lunch break

14.00 - 15.00: Afternoon Plenary Session

14.00 - 14.20: The methodology of establishing volunteer programs – Mr. Chris Jarvis Partner, Realized Worth (USA)

14.20 - 14.40: Practice of corporate volunteering in Central and Eastern Europe – Mr. László Radácsi Phd. CEO, SmartLab Consulting, HBLF Board Member

14.40 - 15.00: The effect of corporate volunteer programs on the UK business sector – Ms. Esther Tóth Consultant, Corporate Citizenship (UK - London)

15.00 - 15.15: Coffee break

15.15 - 16.45: Afternoon sessions

  1. How to launch a corporate volunteer program? – Mr. Kenn Allen President, Civil Society Consulting (Washington D.C., USA)
  2. Measurement of Corporate Volunteer program results – Mr. Chris Jarvis & Angela Parker Partners, Realized Worth (USA)
  3. Best practices from the USA – Ms. Jackie Norris Director, Points of Light Corporate Institute (Washington D.C., USA)
  4. Shaping our Corporate Volunteering Strategy – Mr. Sam Santiago Principal, Community Programs, American Airlines (Dallas, USA)
  5. Development of Pro Bono volunteering – Mr. Armin Pialek Program manager, BMW Foundation Berlin, Germany) / Taproot Foundation (New York, USA)
  6. Challenges and pitfalls of employee volunteering programs and how to overcome them – Ms. Esther Tóth consultant, Corporate Citizenship (United Kingdom, London)

16.45 - 17.00: Reflections and closing (Mr. András F. Tóth and Ms. Emese Farkas)