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Cloud computing. Data analytics. Mobile computing. Social business. Evolving individually, any one of these developments would be a disruption in the way individuals, societies and businesses relate to each other. Taken together, Cloud, Big Data, Mobile and Social are affecting nothing less than a global transformation of the way organizations operate. But IBM’s commitment to innovation and transformation goes beyond business strategy; it embraces our corporate culture. And in no way is that alignment more evident than in our approach to corporate responsibility.
Click here to read the 2013 IBM Corporate Responsibility Report
In our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, IBM details the many ways in which we are integrating corporate citizenship with business strategy to help transform such essential challenges as improving education (where we are redefining the pathway from high school to college and career), community engagement (through which IBM’s technology and top talent are addressing the challenges of civil society and the not-for-profit community), and improving the quality of urban life by helping cities and regions get “smarter.” Through it all, IBM’s approach to corporate citizenship via creative public-private partnerships delivers sustainable value to our beneficiaries, enables our partners to address critical societal issues in innovative ways, and helps IBMers acquire and embrace new skills.
Read about how IBM’s approach to corporate responsibility aligns with our core values, and how we incorporate good citizenship into all of our client and employee relationships.
Some 2013 highlights:
- As our P-TECH grades 9-14 school model gained national and international acclaim, we were honored to host President Barack Obama at our inaugural Brooklyn, New York school in October. Mr. Obama had praised P-TECH in his State of the Union address, and the model was profiled in a PBS documentary and an eight-page TIME Magazine cover story in early 2014. Seventeen new P-TECH schools will open in Connecticut and New York this fall, with 10 more already announced for September 2015.
- Using the massive power of IBM’s World Community Grid “virtual supercomputer”, the Harvard University Clean Energy Project scanned more than two million materials en route to discovering more than 35,000 candidates with the potential to double carbon-based solar cell efficiency. World Community Grid aggregates the unused computing power of desktop and mobile devices (enabled in 2013), and makes it available at no cost to humanitarian researchers. IBM has just made 100,000 years’ worth of World Community Grid computing time (at a value of approximately $60 million) available to climate change researchers as part of President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative.
- IBM made more than 350 Impact Grants worldwide (with a market value of approximately $11 million), to nonprofit organizations. As part of this program, more than 1,000 IBM consultants provided pro bono technical and business expertise to help nonprofits adapt to and excel in the areas of business analytics, social media, capacity building, cloud computing and strategic growth.
- IBM’s rapid responses contributed to disaster recovery efforts after typhoons in India and The Philippines, earthquakes in China, and tornadoes and flooding in Canada, India and the U.S.
- IBM made Smarter Cities Challenge grants to 31 new locations in 2013, deploying 180 additional IBM experts to work with urban and regional leaders to help them address challenges including water management, economic development and reclaiming vacant properties to revitalize neighborhoods.
- Across emerging markets, IBM’s Corporate Service Corp (CSC) provided pro bono consulting expertise to governments and NGOs on issues ranging from public health
and disease prevention to economic development in areas as diverse as agriculture
and information technology. In 2013, more than 100 new CSC teams worked with more than 30 communities in 22 countries to deliver an additional 100 projects essential to their success.
- Our Supplier Connection program – which connects small businesses to the
supply chains of large companies to generate new job growth – gained considerable traction throughout 2013, and led to IBM’s inclusion in a 2014 Summit hosted by President Obama.
- IBM’s On Demand Community – through which more than 250,000 employees and retirees have contributed more than 17 million hours of service – marked its 10th Anniversary in 2013. To celebrate, we opened On Demand Community to nonprofit organizations so they could submit service projects through a robust skills-matching tool to better align with the expertise and locations of IBM volunteers globally.
- IBM was recognized among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, among the 100 Most Reputable Companies by Forbes, and among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.
These are just a few of the programs and achievements that exemplify IBM’s leadership in corporate citizenship and business strategy. Through our integrated approach to managing the world’s most difficult societal challenges while refining our collaboration, leadership and global engagement expertise, IBM is transforming the way we do business as we contribute to a smarter planet.
Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of the IBM International Foundation. Corporate Responsibility Leader Kristina Kloberdanz and Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Global Citizenship Initiatives Vice President Diane Melley prepared the 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.
Read the IBM 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report