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date: 10 December 2019

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This chapter provides a clearer and more balanced understanding of both the benefits and limitations of corporate volunteering, along with possible directions for future research. First, background is provided through an outlining of definitional issues, some statistics on the growing influence of corporate volunteering, and the nature and evolution of current corporate volunteering offerings. Corporate volunteering’s historical association with broader, societal critiques of the role of business in society is also discussed. Second, the strong influence of business case discourse on the focus of academic research is reviewed, along with the subsequent normative assumption that corporate volunteering is overwhelmingly “good” and should be promoted more widely. Third, the literature is critiqued for its unexamined problems, unheard voices, and unquestioned social and political agendas. The chapter concludes by suggesting avenues for future research that will address these gaps.

Keywords: corporate volunteering, skills-based employee engagement, corporate community investment, volunteerism, community engagement strategies, performative benefits of CSR, organizational commitment

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