Blockchain is helping make the world a better place

Charities and non-profits often do not have the technology to reach the corporate donors who are willing and able to help. Investors in Community (IIC) has teamed with Cognition Foundry to build a platform to help companies manage their corporate social responsibility (CSR) impact. Based on IBM Blockchain and IBM LinuxONE technology, this platform gives individuals access to local projects and helps charities raise their profiles.

Blockchain verifies environmental impact

Newlight Technologies creates high-performance consumer goods from greenhouse gas. Blockchain ensures product processes and impact on the environment can be tracked, audited and communicated.

How blockchain helps humanitarian efforts

At IBM, we believe in the power of blockchain for social good. Learn how innovators and humanitarians are creating new models for change, advancing knowledge and helping to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

A single view of the truth

Blockchain technology creates a distributed, shared system of record among network members that eliminates the need for – and disagreements caused by – different ledgers.

Immutable, tamper-proof records

Consensus from all members of a blockchain network is required to validate each transaction, and all validated transactions are permanently recorded on the blockchain. No one can delete them – not even system administrators.

Permissioned participation

Each member of the network must have access privileges in order to participate, keeping out bad actors. Furthermore, information is shared with other network members on a need-to-know basis only.

Creating new models for change

With every passing day, blockchain innovators are discovering how to use the technology’s unique benefits to decentralize power, redefine value, forge new alliances and reshape the status quo.

How blockchain helps humanitarian efforts

Tracing coffee from the moment beans are picked. IBM Food Trust helps Farmer Connect increase trust with a verifiable record of coffee’s journey to your cup, tracing the beans from the moment they’re picked. The future of coffee is traceability.

Traceability means having the visibility to know, ‘Was this coffee sourced in a responsible and sustainable way?’

Dan Behrends, Founder and President, Farmer Connect

Turning plastic waste into valuable currency. Plastic Bank is helping more than one billion people in areas of high poverty and high plastic pollution transform their lives. They’re using a solution built on the IBM Blockchain Platform to collect and trade plastic waste for the items they need most.

We use blockchain to solve global problems, providing financial inclusion for the world’s poor and enabling transparent social plastic recycling systems.

Shaun Frankson, Co-founder and CTO, Plastic Bank

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Making a world of a difference with IBM Blockchain

Cognition Foundry uses blockchain for social good

The 2020 IBM Beacon Blockchain Trailblazer Award has been given to Cognition Foundry, an IBM Business Partner, for their efforts to simultaneously help improve our environment and transform lives by creating new business models.

IBM a winner in the UN Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign

To help alleviate poverty, clean up ocean plastic, and advance a more sustainable economy, IBM Blockchain is working with The Plastic Bank to provide incentives for removing plastic from the world’s oceans.

Microfinancing boosts food kiosk sales in Kenya

Twiga Foods uses IBM Blockchain to make loans to local food vendors. With smart contracts, the loans are processed quickly and more securely, helping businesses thrive and deliver more fresh produce.

Helping ensure that cobalt is ethically mined

Cobalt mining can create serious pollution and health risks. A consortium, including IBM, is using blockchain to track cobalt from extraction, to smelter, to manufacturers – to help ensure responsible handling.

Building blockchains that stand for good

Five principles on how blockchain can deliver real business value, be equitable to all participants, and promote open innovation to build enterprise blockchain networks that are trusted and transparent.

See how blockchain is transforming disaster relief

Thousands of individuals and businesses are still struggling after Hurricane Harvey. In Bonds of Trust, you’ll see the story of their challenges and how blockchain technology can help transform the recovery process.

What will we solve together?

Help solve the world’s most important challenges. Start building blockchain for social good solutions on the next generation of IBM Blockchain Platform.