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Seminar on Youth, Entrepreneurship, Volunteering and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Added on 25-03-2013

The European Commission's DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion is organising a seminar on "Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurship through Volunteering, backed by companies' Corporate Social Responsibility", which will take place on 25 September 2012, in Brussels.

The aim of this seminar is to show how young people can be made more employable through volunteering, with particular attention to support that can be given by companies, through their corporate social responsibility.

Youth unemployment is one of the key challenges to emerge from the crisis. The Commission's economic and social response to the crisis continues to be the Europe 2020 agenda, where youth figures prominently through the recently adopted "Employment Package", through the flagship initiative "Youth on the Move", and through the Communication on a "Youth Opportunities Initiative". The Commission wishes to support measures that can help young people into employment or back into employment including through a further youth package at the end of 2012.

The Commission's Youth in Action Programme 2007-2013 offers young people the opportunity to be engaged in voluntary activities for up to one year in a foreign country through the European Voluntary Service scheme.

The Commission wishes to bring together private sector representatives, youth organisations, young volunteers, academic institutions, trade unions, and interested NGOs for a day to discuss issues relevant to encouraging youth entrepreneurship through volunteering. A draft agenda of the conference is available to view below.


9.30-10.00      Coffee

10.00-10.30    Opening speeches

  • Senior Commission representative (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)
  • Hendrik Bourgeois, Vice President European Affairs, GE (tbc)
  • Madi Sharma, Rapporteur for the Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the European Commission's Communication on CSR

Moderator - Member State official

10.30-11.30    Session 1: Developing experience, informal learning, and entrepreneurial skills for young people looking for employment through volunteering

  • Lena Bondue, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Andrea Carafa, Marie Curie Fellow, Founder and Director of Green Young Economy, Global Shaper – World Economic Forum
  • Glenn Manoff, Director of Social Business and Sustainability, Telefónica Europe       
  • Pavel Trantina, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, EU relations and projects manager with the Czech Council of Children and Youth.

Moderator - Isabelle Bluche, Directrice des Relations Entreprises, IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité

11.30-12.30    Session 2: Encouraging young people to volunteer on socially-responsible projects – role of the Commission's Youth in Action programme

  • Brian Rockliffe, Director, International Citizen Service
  • Young award winner from Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE) – 1
  • Young award winner form Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE) – 2
  • Maria Podlasek-Ziegler, Policy Officer, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Moderator - Gabriella Civico, Director, European Volunteer Centre (CEV)

12.30-14.00    Lunch

14.00-14.45    Discussion groups: Is youth volunteering good preparation for entrepreneurialism in the world of work?

  • Group 1: Moderator – Floor Van Houdt, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Education and Culture, European Commission
  • Group 2: Moderator – Policy Officer – CSR, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission       
  • Group 3: Moderator – Jérôme Roche, Policy Officer – entrepreneurship, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

14.45-15.30    Report-back from the discussion groups

  • Moderator - Bea Berruga, Analista RSE, Forética

15.30-15.45    Coffee 

15.45-16.45    Final session: Companies' involvement in supporting youth volunteering and entrepreneurship training through CSR

  • Stephen Stacey, Director, Hyundai Motor Group, Brussels Office
  • Thomas Osburg, Director Europe Corporate Affairs, Intel
  • Adrian Hermes, Vice-President of European Trade Union Confederation  (ETUC) Youth
  • Ralf Dürrang, Vice-President, Corporate Communications and Responsibility, Go Teach, Deutsche Post DHL

Moderator - Jan Noterdaeme, Senior Advisor, CSR Europe  

For more information, please contact Ms. Sue Bird at