Understanding CSR with AIESEC!

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Corporate Social Responsibility, also known as CSR, is an initiative being adopted by companies around the world. The term defines a company’s effort to somehow create a positive impact in society. This impact can come from donations to nonprofit organizations, sponsorship for social projects and volunteering initiatives for the company’s employees. It is a way for a company to strive for more than profit itself and somehow give in a positive return to society. And why do companies do this, after all?
Nowadays, consumers are more and more taking into account aspects of the organization as a whole before purchasing or standing up for a branch. This means that, more and more, things done by a company that overcome its final products are taken into account by consumers. Working with CSR and making it a public thing can positively impact an organisation’s position among the market and its buyers.
It is not only attractive to the shoppers, but also to external investors and new talents. It is pretty common to hear young people and professionals in general looking for places to work where they can see why they are working there, understanding a purpose in the job. Given that, a company that invests in CSR and that values positive initiatives is certainly a talent attractor and keeper. It influences in a more positive work atmosphere and encourages professional and personal growth to the company’s collaborators.
Besides improving the company’s image among its consumers and investors, attracting and retaining good people in a positive work environment, CSR projects are also responsible for bringing together nonprofit and for profit organizations, strengthening both sides on this relationship. It can also be an alternative source of revenue for the third sector organizations.
In AIESEC, as we value positive impact in society, we propose a way to our partners to implement social projects in their realities. PWC, one of our organisation’s global partners, currently sponsors social exchanges with AIESEC for ten young leaders from around the world, to travel to another country and volunteer there in one of our local projects, which are aligned to one of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (Find out more about the project here).
AIESEC in Switzerland is currently looking for companies who are interested in CSR partnerships, so if you are interested in implementing CSR in your company or even understanding it a little better, make sure you register here at http://bit.ly/AIESEC_4_Companies !

Get talent from abroad with AIESEC!

IMG_0164Switzerland is a country of great opportunities and it is considered a reference in diverse subjects around the globe. The country counts with great universities, stable politics and economy, international companies and good infrastructure. When it comes to entrepreneurship, Switzerland doesn’t stand so far either. Investments in the field have been rising throughout the last five years and relevance has been growing.

Fathi Derder, Vaud FDP National Councillor, entitled his book as “The next Google will be Swiss”. In an interview to the 2017 Swiss Venture Capital Report (you can access the article here), released by Startupticker.ch, Derder supports that the only things missing for Switzerland to “make it to the top” are Talent and Risk Capital.

When it comes to talent, there’s a gap in bringing the right people to the right positions. One of the solutions brought by Mr. Fathi is the Start Up Visa, in which people who want to build something positive, should be welcomed and received to the country. That way, good people with good projects would strengthen the Swiss entrepreneurial environment.

Fortunately, we currently have an accessible opportunity for international talents and great ideas to work for the country! By enabling companies and startups to receive young students and professionals from all over the world, with different experiences and views upon entrepreneurship, the Swiss market is closer to reaching its potential and being part of the youth leadership development AIESEC promotes.

In our Global Entrepreneur project, startups hire interns who work for defined projects from 8 to 12 weeks. It is a low cost and low bureaucracy process that allows companies to reach great results!

For more information, you can register in our website: http://bit.ly/AIESEC_4_StartUps

How AIESEC develops the skills you will need by 2020

It is a given fact that the world we live in today is not the same one we will live in tomorrow or five years from now. This constant rhythm of changes is reflected in different aspects of our lives, including career development and skills seeked by the market.

An article released by the World Economic Forum points out the Top 10 seeked skills by companies by the time we reach the year of 2020. As the top 3 we have complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity, different from 2015 when these last two were represented by coordinating with others and people management skills.

AIESEC is aware of this constant changes and the need to adapt to the younger generations that come in the organization every year. Given that, the organization works with five years visions that guide us towards specific goals. Currently, AIESEC is working for the 2020 vision and one of its statements is ” Shaping what we do around what the world needs”. So, how is AIESEC providing to the world these specific needs and skills seeked?

By developing young leaders through practical and challenging experiences.

And how is this leadership developed?

AIESEC’s leadership development is based upon the Leadership Development Model (LDM) and its four qualities: Self awareness, Empowerment others, Solution orientation and World Citizenship. Each one of these qualities is based on the following skills:

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The top one 2020 quality brought by the World Economic Forum’s article, Problem Solving, for example, is very much connected to AIESEC’s quality of being Solution Oriented and the skills of resilience, positivity and taking risks. People Management, another important skill pointed out by the article is related to the Empowering Others quality, by engaging a group of people towards one same goal, working to develop the people from the team and having an effective communication.

So, by enabling youth to develop these leadership skills, AIESEC is contributing to the needs of the near future ahead of us! Want to be a part of this and enable more young talents to develop their leadership potential?

Register at http://bit.ly/AIESEC_4_Companies