Disaster Relief & Recovery

Corporate Citizenship and the Global Refugee Crisis

Ban Ki-moon, eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, once said, “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety, and a better future.” The more than one million migrants and refugees that have recently streamed into Europe from the Middle East and Northern Africa hold those very aspirations, even while they face danger […]

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Making a Difference, Not Just a Living

If you know IBM, the scope and depth of the initiatives detailed in our 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report will not surprise you. IBM undertakes actions at scale, and because corporate responsibility is fully integrated with our overall business strategy, our CSR programs are global in reach as they seek to enable fundamental transformations of societal […]

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Honoring IBM’s Culture of Service

The 2015 winners of the eleventh annual IBM Volunteer Excellence Award have been announced. The IBM Volunteer Excellence Award is recognition from IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty, and is the highest form of global volunteer recognition given by the company to employees. IBM volunteers from 13 countries – nine teams and four individuals – […]

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Earthquake, Floods, and an Urgent Migrant Crisis

Around the globe, IBM has continually engaged in response to disaster crises in the communities in which we live, work and do business. Last year was no different. Today, our responses integrate advanced technologies with the expertise of IBMers around the world who have the desire and training to serve. We deliver essential components of […]

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Data Science for a Better World

  IBM Fellow Saska Mojsilovic, Ph.D., led the creation of the Ebola Open Data Jam in 2014. A community effort which helped to identify, inventory and classify all open data sources related to the Ebola outbreak, it provided governments, aid agencies and researchers with free and open access to valuable open data related to Ebola. […]

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From Seoul to Kathmandu: The Power of Volunteers for Development

On the heels of the U.N.’s adoption in late September of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, an Asia Pacific volunteering alliance recently convened a forum for hundreds of youth and development partners from northeast Asia at the Korea Council on Foreign Relations in Seoul. In his keynote address highlighting the role of volunteers in […]

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A Profile in Corporate Citizenship

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has just bestowed its “Best Corporate Steward” award for large business – the Citizens Award – on IBM. The Chamber Foundation’s Best Corporate Steward award recognizes businesses that serve as powerful forces for good around the world. Companies and chambers of commerce from around the globe compete for Citizens awards […]

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Corporate Volunteering for Sustainable Development: The New Global Reality

Corporate volunteering has long fostered the active engagement of employees in their communities, providing a platform for them to take charge and help address critical issues affecting the lives of others. Today, we have greater access to information and that information is inspiring us more than ever to contribute our time, talent and service to […]

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Responses to Global Crises

Over the last 30 years, International Medical Corps has provided more than $2 billion in lifesaving humanitarian relief and training to communities devastated by disaster and conflict. From the Nepal earthquake, to the war in Syria, to the Ebola outbreak, we respond rapidly to emergencies and remain in affected communities throughout their recovery to help […]

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Corporate Citizenship and Purpose-Driven Transformation

IBM’s technology and talent have the power to help transform governments, institutions, communities and the quality of life for people around the world. We work to improve education, revitalize cities, address the challenges of economic growth, respond to disasters, and develop sustainable strategies for energy use and environmental protection. As part of a tradition that dates to the […]

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The Changing Landscape of Disaster Response

IBM’s Innovation Zone Open Development for Disaster Response (ODDR) Hackathon (ending July 24) is underway! The contest invites coders to use their skills, creativity, and IBM Cloud technologies to help expand the array of tools that IBM can apply in natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In his comments below, Emergency Communication Networks expert Edward Happ […]

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Challenging What’s Possible in Pro Bono Service

At the height of last year’s Ebola outbreak, the citizen engagement team at IBM Connections in Sierra Leone put their talents in technology to work, creating a way for citizens to report Ebola-related issues and concerns via text or voice calls. The people behind the project – which provided real-time insight to the government and […]

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IBM Grant Accelerates Oxfam Ireland’s Digital Engagement

One third of the world’s population lives in poverty. Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions […]

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IBM Custom Grant Aids Disaster Preparedness and Response in China

When it comes to disaster response, every second counts and ready access to accurate information is essential. Typically, the window for post-disaster rescue closes after 72 hours. That’s why the China Social Assistance Foundation (CSAF) teamed with other NGOs and IBM to define and build the China Disaster Response Support Information Platform. An IBM Custom […]

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Volunteer Excellence Awards Honor IBM’s Culture of Service

Each year, IBM bestows the Volunteer Excellence Award – the company’s highest form of volunteer recognition (our CEO level recognition) – on those individuals or teams who best personify IBM’s Culture of Service. This award is highly competitive. Winners are selected from more than 265,000 IBM volunteers in 120 countries. The award underscores our commitment […]

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