Corporate Service Corps

A Triple Benefit
Communities have their problems solved.
IBMers receive leadership training and development.
IBM develops new markets and global leaders.

Date Title
November 5, 2014 Why IBM Gives Top Employees A Month To Do Service Abroad - Harvard Business Review

Recognizing that corporate responsibility can offer a company a competitive advantage today, we became interested in IBM as a pioneer in establishing a skills-based volunteerism initiative that also influences its talent and professional development strategies. Several executives at the company offered to talk with us to figure out why the program has been so successful—not just as a philanthropic gesture, but as a talent development system. As Litow put it, “If participation in these programs increases our retention rate, recruits top talent, and builds skills in our workforce, then it’s addressing the critical issue of competitiveness.
October 31, 2014 Project Sunflower Brings Power and Heat - UBM's Future Cities

IBM Corporate Services Corps (CSC) and Airlight Energy, a Swiss-based supplier of solar power technology, have partnered to bring solar electricity and heat to remote locations by 2017. IBM and Airlight Energy are prepared to build a High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system prototype for two deserving communities by the end of 2015, for installation in 2016.
October 21, 2014 IBM Corporate Service Corps Drives Impact Through Partnership - New Global Citizen

The value of the IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program is the triple benefit of high value leadership development, valuable community service and the ability to open new markets in key geographies. While providing a unique, immersive, and challenging growth opportunity for diverse high-performing employees, the communities the CSC teams serve receive substantial problem solving and capacity building directly addressing key societal needs.
September/October 2014 CR Magazine

David Sloan, an IBM software expert based in the Washington, D.C. area, went to Kenya in 2011. David's team consisted of 12 IBMers from nine countries, with backgrounds including consulting, project management, sales, finance, recruiting, engineering and marketing. There were three key objectives during the deployment.
September 15, 2014 Vishal Chopra: Hectic and Fulfilling - Life as an IBM Corporate Service Corps Pro-bono Consultant in China - Business Fights Poverty

Born and raised in Balotra, a moderate town in Rajasthan in the West of India, entrepreneurship was part of Vishal Chopra's heritage. He grew up surrounded by people who’d set up their own businesses and so when he finished his undergraduate degree in engineering he felt the call of business and made his way via advanced management studies into the IBM marketing position in Bangalore.
August 18, 2014 IBM, Nature Conservancy Team Up to Save Amazon Rainforest - eWeek

IBM's Corporate Service Corps (CSC) is teaming up with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to help save the Amazon rainforest. According to IBM, TNC says no other place is more critical to the survival of the human race than the Amazon rainforest. In a post on the Smarter Planet blog, IBM writer Steve Hamm said the Amazon rainforest "harbors one-third of the planet's biodiversity, produces one-fourth of the fresh water and plays a key role in warding off the worst effects of climate change."
August 6, 2014 U.S. Businesses Are Ignoring Some of the World's Best Investment Opportunities - The Washington Post

Why are American companies ignoring key opportunities to invest in Africa's middle class marketplace? Over the past decade, U.S. foreign direct investment in sub-Saharan Africa has grown by just 14 percent per year, lagging behind the E.U. and Japan. Chinese investments are growing by more than 50 percent per year.
July 22, 2014 Pro bono ambassadors building goodwill

In an increasingly global economy, more companies are starting to send employees around the world to do pro bono consulting in developing countries. This “corporate Peace Corps,” as the movement is sometimes called, helps develop workers’ leadership skills while introducing a company’s services to new markets.
April 30, 2014 What's the Impact of International Corporate Volunteerism? - Devex

About 39 companies around the world now have international corporate volunteering programs, up from about 26 in 2013, according to PYXERA Global. And those firms are increasingly strategic about the programs they run, aligning them more closely with core business, said Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global, which earlier this month hosted a conference focused on the global pro bono community. Until recently, not much effort has been put into understanding the impact on the ground of these programs, but that’s beginning to change and companies are increasingly interested in measuring social impact.
April 28, 2014 PYXERA Global's ICV Conference and Public Private Forum - New Global Citizen

Global pro bono experience—or “international corporate volunteering” (ICV)—prepares next generation leaders to maximize corporate profits by solving vital problems in emerging markets. The case for companies and the world to benefit from global pro bono was made abundantly clear at PYXERA Global’s Fifth Annual ICV Conference held in April in Washington, D.C. Aptly named “Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets,” the event included a new “Public Private Partnership Forum,” and was attended by hundreds of influential experts from multinational corporations, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations over the course of two days.
April 16, 2014 Cultivating Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders - Eco Business

Over the years, the way corporations have embraced the concept has evolved — from making charitable donations to examining the footprint of their operations, from becoming more involved in their communities to redefining their role in building a more sustainable world. One emerging trend today focuses on fostering sustainability leadership by training future corporate leaders through sustainable development programs — an approach that both embodies and extends the triple bottom line philosophy by creating a self-perpetuating sustainable business cycle.
April 15, 2014 Cultivating Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders - Ensia

Introduced by John Elkington two decades ago, the “triple bottom line” has helped shape the definition of sustainable business today. Giving equal importance to three indicators — social, environmental and economic — this approach has enabled forward-thinking corporations to measure their success in terms of environmental and social responsibility in addition to their own financial results.
April 9, 2014 Corporations Push Public-Private Partnerships - Global Post

It was a common refrain at the first Public-Private Partnership Forum, which brought together leaders from government agencies and major corporations for a series of conversations. Part of PYXERA Global’s fifth annual conference on corporate volunteerism, the event explored the potential of public-private partnerships for development and why they work — or fail.
April 4, 2014 Busy Professionals Find Time to Be Global Humanitarians

Adriana Ramirez’s black suitcase was neatly packed a week before her big, international trip. There’s no room for procrastination when you’re a mother of two young children going on a month-long business trip.
And this is no ordinary trip.
She is in Brazil assisting an organization that helps poor children with cancer get free medical treatment. Normally, the idea that she might be able to support a cause so far away would be nearly impossible. As a wife, mother and IBM manager overseeing billing and invoicing for federal contracts, she just simply wouldn’t have the time.
March 24, 2014 Collaboration on Skilled Projects Delivers Triple Benefit - New Global Citizen

Corporate citizenship and close cross-sector alignment is integral to the new model for leadership in a globally-integrated world, but what is “corporate citizenship” exactly? The turn-of-the-twentieth-century model of corporate philanthropy—taking first and giving back later—is obsolete. But the differences between the post-1960s model of corporate philanthropy and the future of what it means to lead in government, nonprofit organizations, and business are just as important.
March 20, 2014 Vocabulary Across Boundaries: The Shift to Purposeful Global Engagement - CRS Wire

“Purposeful global engagement” as we use the term at PYXERA Global, speaks to meeting individuals and organizations where they are and driving toward a mutually beneficial partnership. This approach to creating shared value eschews the sometimes-unconscious sense of “we are here to help you—to develop you.” Purposeful global engagement emphasizes the notion that “we seek to engage with you to meet both your, and our, objectives.” These objectives can be both business and socially oriented, and they often are.
March 7, 2014 International Corporate Volunteering: Profitable for Multinational Corporations - Huffington Post

People from multinational corporations head off and volunteer for weeks or months in another country, leaving their work behind for others to do. Referred to as Global Pro Bono or International Corporate Volunteering, is this a feel-good thing, or is it really business-related?
March 3, 2014 Business Leaders To Converge in Washington, DC - Just Means

On April 7 and 8, business leaders will meet in Washington D.C. for the Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets conference. The event will address how cross-sector interests converge to achieve shared value and examine how the practice of International Corporate Volunteerism, global pro bono, is contributing to socio-economic growth in emerging and frontier markets.
February 26, 2014 IBM Dispatches Data Driven Volunteers to Combat the World's Ills - NYSE

What if a corporate philanthropy program could deliver high-quality problem solving for communities, provide leadership training for employees, and prove so popular that thousands of employees apply to take part each year? That’s the scenario for IBM Corp.'s (NYSE: IBM) innovative Corporate Service Corps, which has sent 2,400 IBMers around the world since its start in 2008.
February 24, 2014 Global Pro Bono: Right Accelerator to International Development - CSR Wire

I’m not sure why “five” is such a magical number—why we create five-year plans or celebrate anniversaries so easily divisible by that number. But I find myself looking back over my shoulder at the last five years and marveling at an innocently asked question and an answer that set me on the path to where I find myself today.
February 11, 2014 Business Case For Volunteerism - The Guardian

For many employees, work rarely involves trekking to the Amazon to help communities affected by deforestation, scaling Costa Rica's beaches to research the behaviour of sea turtles or working with a small business in Buenos Aires to create an expansion plan. However, opportunities like these are becoming more common place, according to a study by CECP, which shows that in 2012, 70% of companies offered employees paid volunteering opportunities, up from 53% in 2007.
February 10, 2014 Five Years in Global Pro Bono Forges Pathway #Catalyze14 - New Global Citizen

In July of 2008, I coordinated the first-ever IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC) team in Timisoara, Romania. While I’d spent most of my career working with individual pro bono volunteers on development projects, working with 10 corporate employees at the same time was a completely new experience. For those of us working for PYXERA Global (then Citizens Development Corps), it quickly became apparent through the work completed in Romania and in the other pilot locations that international corporate volunteerism, or global pro bono, would have a game-changing impact on enhancing local capacity in emerging and frontier markets. In a mere four weeks, a team of 10 IBMers had demonstrated just how much a highly-skilled team could accomplish, completely changing how our organization worked.