Celebrating Volunteer Excellence and #goodtechIBM

This week, five IBMers and ten IBM teams across 13 countries are being recognized with the 2018 Volunteer Excellence Awards. This award recognizes IBM employees and teams for what they do best – developing and applying IBM technologies to making the world better – in service of their local communities. This year’s winners hail from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Japan, The Philippines, Spain and more. Just 15 individuals and teams were chosen from more than 250 nominations worldwide.

IBM is proud to encourage, support and recognize volunteer service. To underscore that commitment, we will issue cash grants to each winner’s partner organization for the first time in the history of the Volunteer Excellence Awards. Each partnering organization will receive $10,000, for a total of $150,000 in grants across all 15 winners. These funds will help scale the work started by these IBMers to reach more people across their communities.

Across all industries, many companies are beginning to discover the value of integrating service into their business strategies. Even major investment funds are taking notice and insisting that the companies they invest in have a societal contribution. None of this is new to IBM. As the responsible steward of the technology industry – and as the trusted partner for many of the world’s largest enterprises and governments – we embrace our leadership role in business and society.

IBM congratulates our 2018 Volunteer Excellence Award winners and their partnering organizations. I hope you will take a moment to read their #goodtechIBM stories and be inspired to serve the local communities in which you live and work.

Guillermo Miranda is Vice President and Global Head of IBM Corporate Citizenship.