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The European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion today ran a conference on youth, entrepreneurship, volunteering and CSR.
With youth unemployment at such high levels currently within the European Union and employers looking to take on the best young talent, creative ways of encouraging volunteering among young people with the help of companies through their corporate social responsibility activities needs to be highlighted.
The seminar brings together a number of companies who already partner with young people either through the career-oriented volunteering that the young people do with them or through other support that they give to youth benevolent activities. The benefits of encouraging such activity are many: for companies to have access to the next generation of prospective employees, for young people to gain motivation and employability potential, for volunteering to achieve the recognition it has earned, and for entrepreneurship to be confirmed in its centre-stage role.
The seminar covered a number of questions:
The Commission wrote a Communication on CSR in 2011, and a Communication on volunteering also in 2011. Council conclusions were completed in May 2012 on fostering the creative and innovative potential of young people. This seminar contributes to the implementation of each of these initiatives, and is spearheading consideration of these themes in a new way.