Our highest honor for volunteering and #GoodTechIBM

By | 2 minute read | September 2, 2020

Among the many qualities that unites IBMers is our desire to be essential—to our clients and to the world. Our commitment to community and helping others is a hallmark of our company and a cherished quality of our people.

As I reflect on what it means to be part of a global community amidst the pandemic, it is timely that this week brings one of the many joys I have as an IBMer—congratulating the winners of the annual IBM Volunteer Excellence Award, our stellar examples of #GoodTechIBM.

The award is for IBM volunteers who best exemplify the IBM values of dedication, innovation and trust through their volunteer efforts with not-for-profit organizations or schools. It recognizes IBM employees and teams for applying their expertise and IBM technology to make the world better—voluntarily serving the needs of communities around the world.

The volunteer activity celebrated in the 2019 IBM Volunteer Excellence Awards took place before the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet that global crisis and the significant outpouring of volunteer response and assistance are illustrations of the need for community engagement.

Global recognition, local impact

This year’s winners are from Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Turkey, Vietnam (a first-time winner!) and the United States.

It’s my privilege to share a few highlights with you about what our award-winning volunteers are doing to improve the lives of others.

  • Among this year’s winners is a team in India that is using artificial intelligence to help an organization more quickly identify and hire counselors to help victims of human trafficking.
  • An IBM volunteer from the Netherlands used his personal vacation to aid refugees and determine how the IBM SkillsBuild learning platform could help those with basic digital skills gain a greater level of competency for better jobs.
  • In China, a team of IBM volunteers organized nearly 1,300 other IBM volunteers across the country to help young children learn about technology and AI.

IBM will give a grant of USD 10,000 to each of the organizations associated with this year’s award recipients, for a total of USD 140,000 across all 14 projects. The grants will expand the work started by the IBM volunteers.

We’re stronger together

Congratulations to the 2019 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award winners and their partner organizations. You are inspiring. You are #GoodTechIBM.

We have so many stories of IBMers sharing their time and expertise to help their communities. It’s an honor to be able to recognize a few with the Volunteer Excellence Award, and it’s also an opportunity to thank all IBM volunteers across the company and around the world. You’ve logged millions of volunteer hours over the years and your impact is felt. Thank you!

Read more about the winners of the IBM Volunteer Excellence Award and share the news with others using #GoodTechIBM.