About the Program
The Corporate Service Corps was launched in 2008 to help provide IBMers with high quality leadership development while delivering high quality problem solving for communities and organizations in emerging markets. The program empowers IBM employees as global citizens by sending groups of 10 - 15 individuals from different countries with a range of skills to an emerging market for four week community-based assignments. During the assignment, participants perform community-driven economic development projects working at the intersection of business, technology, and society.
This program increases IBM's understanding and appreciation of growth markets while creating global leaders who are culturally aware and possess advanced teaching skills. The Corporate Service Corps offers a triple benefit: leadership development for the IBMers, leadership training and development for the communities, and greater knowledge and enhanced reputation in the growth markets for IBM.
Since its launch in 2008, the Corporate Service Corps has had a positive impact of the lives of more the 140,000 people through skills transfer and capacity building. Many thousands more have been positively impacted through the services of the organizations the Corporate Service Corps has supported. The Corporate Service Corps program has sent over 2400 participants on over 200 teams to more than 30 countries around the world. The participants come from over 50 countries and have served communities in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan , Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, UAE and Ukraine . The program continues to expand to new locations each year.
Where We Are
Since its launch in 2008, the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program has contributed over 2400 participants on over 200 teams to more than 30 countries around the world. The participants are from over 50 countries and have served communities in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan , Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, UAE and The Ukraine . The program continues to expand to new locations each year.
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.”