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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.

IBM Uses the Corporate Service Corps to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent

Gina L. Tesla | May 2, 2016

Throughout its eight year history, the CSC Program has proven to be an effective method for attracting, developing, and retaining talent. The program draws in millennials by giving them cause-based projects and appeals to more experienced IBMers by contributing to IBM’s reputation. It develops and retains talent by providing participants with a transformative experience to develop their skills while also deepening participants’ connection to IBM.

Ghana is Only the Beginning of New IBM and Peace Corps Collaboration

Gina L. Tesla | April 27, 2016

Ghana has long been a launch pad for groundbreaking international collaboration. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy sent the very first group of Peace Corps volunteers to Ghana. Eight years ago, the inaugural IBM Corporate Service Corps team, which brings IBM consultants, services, and talent to the world pro bono, also traveled to Ghana. For both organizations, it seemed logical to launch the first IBM Corporate Service Corps partnership project with the Peace Corps in Ghana.

Big Blue Volunteers

Sarah Murray, Stanford Social Innovation Review | Spring 2016

From Mumbai, India, to Mérida, Mexico, IBM employees are applying their professional skills to a wide range of social challenges.Elizabeth Transier remembers arriving in Mumbai, India, and being swept up in “a tidal wave of sights, sounds, and experiences.” She saw cows wandering in the streets, right alongside auto-rickshaws, cars, and throngs of people. “There’s this vibrancy that is incredible,” she says. Transier wasn’t on vacation. She was on assignment with the Corporate Service Corps (CSC), a program in which teams of volunteers from IBM Corp. travel around the world to work with nonprofit and... - See more at: http://ssir.org/articles/entry/big_blue_volunteers#sthash.5SKnFNzv.dpuf.

Australian Business Volunteers on partnering for change with IBM

Shared Value Project | January 29, 2016

As we anticipate the dynamic discussions at the upcoming Shared Value Forum around the year’s theme ‘Business: Partnering for Change’ – learn how IBM and not-for-profit international development organisation Australian Business Volunteers have partnered to create shared value in the region and changed the nature of traditional corporate volunteering.

Owosso woman travels to Ghana to improve education among girls

Tim Rath | January 14, 2016

OWOSSO — Louise Hemond-Wilson was a student at Owosso Junior High School in 1977 when she entered a math competition — and was told by another child’s father that as a girl, she had no place in the competition.