About the Program
The Corporate Service Corps was launched in 2008 to help communities around the world solve critical problems while providing IBM employees unique leadership development opportunities. By sending groups of 10 - 15 individuals from different countries for community-based assignments in emerging markets, the program has helped over 140,000 people since its inception. Learn more
Where We Are
The Corporate Service Corps program has sent over 2500 participants on over 250 teams to more than 37 countries around the world. The participants come from over 60 countries
IBM's Corporate Service Corps: A New Model for Global Leadership Development
The CSC and its offshoot, the Executive Service Corps, have produced rich dividends for IBM, its employees and the communities in which it does business. Read more about the program, its successes and its future.
Icons of Progress
Corporate Service Corps sends its 1,000th participant on the 100th team and is recongnized as an IBM "Centennial Icon of Progress"
- Corporate Peace Corps building goodwill and expansion plans in emerging markets.
At IBM, 2,500 of the company's 431,000 worldwide employees have traveled to 37countries - many to Africa, where IBM wants to expand - as part of its pioneering corporate service corps. In Nigeria, where an IBM team helped design a welfare program for mothers and children, one of the agencies it assisted later hired IBM to provide technology and analysis.
"The folks that go into these places are not there in a sales capacity whatsoever, but it certainly doesn't hurt that our pro bono clients become more familiar with IBM, and it certainly can lead to business," said spokesman Ari Fishkind. "It's a way to introduce ourselves, and it helps us become more familiar with the culture and landscape."
- Public-private partnerships offer industry more than bottom-line benefits - Financial Post
For the past 18 months, Stan Litow, president of IBM International Foundation, has been travelling the globe as part of his company’s Smarter Cities Challenge to help municipalities — including Canadian cities like Edmonton, Surrey, B.C., and soon Ottawa — overcome serious urban obstacles. The three-year pilot program, now at its halfway point, will see $50-million worth of consulting services distributed to 100 cities by 600 IBM employees. Mr. Litow recently spoke with the Financial Post’s Dan Ovsey about the program’s discoveries, the private-sector benefits of public-private partnerships, and the role of data analytics in improving bureaucratic operations.
- IBM Deploys Talent, Technology and Innovation for Global Social Progress - Forbes
Stanley Litow, IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s International Foundation, who helped devise IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, discusses the long history of IBM’s public engagement, the organization’s philosophy for bringing about global social change, key initiatives and priorities, how they measure success, collaborating across sectors, challenges to progress and much more.
- International Corporate Volunteering: Experiential Learning Advances Diversity and Communications - Fast Company
"When you are working with people who speak a different language and live in a different culture than you do, your sensitivity to communication is heightened in new ways," said Susan Wedge, partner, IBM’s Global Business Services Public Sector. "That is a learning experience that you bring back to your own more familiar work environment. It changes you.”