Overview

The Corporate Service Corps simultaneously delivers excellence in leadership development and impact for communities facing critical challenges while demonstrating IBM's innovation in skills, technology and citizen diplomacy.

We send out 500 IBMers per year on Corporate Service Corps assignments. What if every company in the Fortune 500 did the same? It would change the view about what corporations can do for society.

Stanley Litow
IBM’s Vice President of Corporate
Citizenship and Corporate Affairs

Since its launch in 2008, the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program has contributed over 3000 participants on over 275 teams to nearly 40 countries around the world, delivering over $70 million in market value consulting on over 1000 projects.

Ask not what your company can do for you

Carolyn Hessler-Radelet and Stanley S. Litow | September 23, 2016

Private-sector pro bono work is the future of leadership, corporate citizenship and global impact. When Peace Corps was founded in 1961, President Kennedy laid out a unique vision for service that would send America’s best to countries around the world. That call to service is still strong 55 years later — and so, too, is the talent pool from which to draw. Today, those who want to give back have numerous ways to pursue service. In one growing trend, talented employees of American corporations are using their experience and professional skills to address some of the world’s most critical issues, from climate change to infectious disease to girls’ education. This trend developed somewhat quickly: Since 2008, over 25 major U.S. companies have sent more than 8,000 employees to serve in at least 80 countries, according to PYXERA Global.

The New Global Citizen

Gina Tesla and Paula Kapotes | August 29, 2016

The IBM Corporate Service Corps program's leadership in community impact and strategic partnerships is highlighted in the article "The Quest to Cure Cervical Cancer in Rural Peru: How a Team of IBM and BD Volunteers Are Helping a Local Clinic Save Lives in Peru's Andes Mountains" published in PYXERA Global's New Global Citizen. IBM and BD combined their respective IT & management expertise and medical knowledge to help expand the reach of CerviCusco's cervical cancer screening services. "The CSC/BD proposed business model was a roadmap for sustainablility. Having this kind of high-level support from two major corporations was a dream come true for CerviCusco" said IBM partner BD.

HR Magazine: How to Create Meaningful Volunteer Work at Work

Theresa Agovino | August 25, 2016

The 7,000 employee at Cadence Design Systems didn’t need to see their company’s name on Fortune magazine’s most recent great places to work list to know they had it good. The salaries and perks were generous enough to keep about 40 percent of the staff happily in place for more than a decade—a remarkable retention rate for a company located in the hiring hotbed of Silicon Valley. A volunteer with the Anti-Cruelty Society.

Program details

IBM launched the pro bono Corporate Service Corps in 2008 primarily as a vehicle for global leadership development. Teams of from eight to 15 members partner with government, business and civic leaders in emerging markets to address high-priority issues such as education, health and economic development. Individual CSC teams spend three months learning about the communities and the problems they’ll address before spending four weeks on the ground working with local organizations and other relevant local stakeholders to develop recommendations for short-term and long-term actions. The program has achieved its primary goal—equipping IBMers for the challenges of working and leading in a global organization. Many of them on return call their deployments life changing. Since its launch, the CSC has emerged as a new model for leadership development and social engagement in the 21st Century. It’s a living laboratory for experiments and learning at a time when corporations are under incredible pressure to transform the way they operate because of globalization and technology shifts, and when economic challenges and social instability threaten to slow human progress.

Case study

IBM Corporate Service Corps Leadership 2016

CSC Empowering Women Infographic 2016

IBM Corporate Service Corps Impact Report 2016

GFN case study

IBM CSC John Deere Case Study 2011

IBM CSC FedEx Case Study 2011