In 2013, Emerging World conducted a study to better understand the learning outcomes from Corporate International Service Learning (CISL) programs.
We had seen that these programs were becoming increasingly popular with companies that were introducing them to meet a wide range of objectives and as a tool to support both corporate responsibility and leadership development programs.
CISL programmes enable employees to travel across international borders to apply their work-based skills to a project working with an organisation providing social value.
We conducted a study with those responsible for the delivery of the 17 different programs at 13 different companies. The findings suggested that CISL programs develop 7 of the 10 competency areas companies seek to develop in their people and that the CISL program learning outcomes identified also align with the latest competency models for global leadership.
CISL programs were also credited with producing additional benefits, such as enhanced corporate image, employee engagement and improved retention. The findings have informed our work and led to the development of long term impact research – a gap that was identified in the Study. Subsequent to the publication of the study, we added ‘Corporate’ to the term International Service Learning, to provide a better understanding of these programs. For consistency, we have used CISL as an abbreviation where possible.