New findings from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies

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A recent congress of the world’s official labour statisticians has just approved the adoption by the International Labour Organization of a set of guidelines for measuring volunteer work for the first time using official labour force and other household surveys. The guidelines were formulated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. This will greatly boost the visibility and credibility of volunteer work around the world and encourage policies to support it.

Data from the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project reveal that in the 27 EU countries alone, volunteers constitute a workforce equivalent to 6.4 million full-time workers, roughly three times more than in the EU’s utilities industries and slightly more than in the EU’s banking and finance industries.

Employment data: International Labour Organization ( Volunteering data: Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies ( 

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