Can you believe it?

It’s been 10 years since TIE was created.

Ten years.

At the end of this year we will have sent over 50 people on TIE, supporting more than 30 organizations, across 9 countries and, I’ve got to say, resulting in some pretty incredible results for every single stakeholder that has come in contact with us.

There is a good energy at TIE at the moment. And it feels bloody brilliant.

A big thank you to all of you who are part of our story.

One thing that we have learned over the past 10 years is that companies can and should be involved in solving social problems—and they can make money doing it.

Customers demand more from brands, expectations of companies and of leaders at all levels within those companies are growing, and it’s clearer than ever that governments and nonprofits can not change the world on their own.

And this is why we are so passionate about international corporate volunteering.

And why we’ve been doing it for 10 years. It works!

It develops your people, develops the industry and changes the world.

Here are 5 reasons why you should put your top talent on a plane and how it can improve your business.

It gets your employees thinking differently and drives innovation

Innovation and creativity are the heart and soul of our industry. And they are fueled by inspiration. True inspiration comes when we see things from a different perspective and when we are exposed to new realities. Working in a completely different country, with a team of people that come from a totally different background is the perfect way to get your employees thinking in new ways. Don’t just think out of the box. Live out of the box.

It gives you insights to developing markets

Developing markets are like unexplored gold mines. There’s just so much untapped business potential. And there’s no better way to understand a new market than living and breathing it.

It’s the perfect tool to recruit and retain your talent

Purpose. That is what your employees are needing in their careers. And it’s important that where they work offers them a sense of purpose. It’s not just a CSR programme. Or a foundation. Or the 10k pay rise. It’s about developing your people, and allowing your employees to push themselves to do something great. They want to feel inspired and proud of what they do. And they want to do something good for the world. Once you offer an opportunity like TIE to your employees, they are much more likely to want to stick around and give back to your company.

It’s a great way to connect with the causes you and your clients support

We know you are keen to leave your mark on the world. And we know that your company, brand or client’s company is worried about giving something back to the community in some way. So whether you or your clients support climate action programs, sustainable sourcing, education, children’s development or women’s empowerment, sending your employees to work on those causes can be the perfect way to get insights into what is truly important to your business.

There’s no better way to develop leadership skills

We often hear from our alumni that TIE was the most successful program they have taken part in in terms of developing their leadership skills. After going to work in a different country, with different people, and on a completely different brief than they would normally work on, everyone comes back more confident, more enthusiastic about their industry, with a broader world view, and as a more well rounded professional. They learn how to manage their time better, how to run a project from beginning to end and to look at bigger picture communication challenges. As Sir John Hegarty puts it, “the TIE experience has a lifetime effect on how people feel about things and how competent they are to do things.”