At IBM, engaging and collaborating with stakeholders from a cross-section of communities, governments, investors and the social sector is integral to our business strategy. Here are a few examples:
In an innovative education initiative to close the skills gap and blaze a clear pathway from high school to college and career, IBM has forged key partnerships with governments, school districts, postsecondary education institutions and corporate partners. Public/private collaborations and partnerships are essential to overcoming societal challenges that are too big for any single public entity or industry sector to manage alone. That’s why IBM works with a variety of education stakeholders — including policy makers, administrators, teachers, labor, business and nonprofit leaders — to help bring about transformative and sustainable change to benefit the greater society. IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Vice President Stanley S. Litow brings a unique set of skills and deep personal commitment to our education initiatives as a former deputy chancellor of the New York City Public Schools and a governor’s appointee as a trustee of the State University of New York. Corporate Citizenship Director Maura Banta — former chair of the Massachusetts Board of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education, now serving on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education — also brings her knowledge and expertise in the education sector to support IBM’s initiatives.
IBM is a founding member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit industry group with the ultimate goal of enabling the sector to consistently operate in a socially and environmentally responsible fashion. IBM encourages its suppliers of products and services to join the group and participate in the development and deployment of resources aimed at driving improvements in social responsibility. The EICC has grown to over 100 member companies across retail, electronics brands, contract manufacturing, hardware components, software, logistics, and communication industries, representing multiple distinct tiers of the extended supply chain. The EICC Code of Conduct contains provisions on labor, health and safety, environmental, ethics and management systems. The standards set out in the Code of Conduct reference international norms and standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labor Standards, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ISO and SA standards, and many more. The EICC Code of Conduct was updated in January 2016 and, in turn, IBM updated its Global Employment Standards to be in alignment.
Incorporating the latest thinking and external expertise into our leadership development offerings and programs, IBM is a member of The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association with a mission to provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board works within and across three main subject areas — Corporate Leadership; Economy and Business Environment; and Human Capital. The unique, enterprise-wide perspective enables IBM to hone our thought leadership on important topics and better respond, anticipate and make the right strategic decisions. IBM has 15 senior executives serving on or leading each of the Conference Board’s key councils, in addition to nearly 1,500 IBM employees who engage with and benefit from research provided by The Conference Board throughout the year.
IBM is a founding member of IMPACT 2030, a business-led coalition launched in 2015 that convenes leaders from corporations, the United Nations (U.N.), civil society, academia and philanthropic organizations from around the world. As a member of IMPACT 2030’s Executive Committee, Diane Melley, IBM Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives, is leading the effort to align companies and their employee volunteer efforts with the Global Goals, advance the practice of employee volunteering and pro bono consulting, and create real and sustainable change. IMPACT 2030 is the first time that companies will unite their corporate volunteering efforts to address the U.N. Development Agenda through collaboration. To continue to redefine employee engagement, IBM is a member of the Points of Light Corporate Service Council, a global platform for mobilizing, equipping and inspiring high-impact volunteering. Council members include 75 of the world’s largest and most successful companies. The Council fosters and develops corporate thought leaders and connects them with experts in academia, business and civil society to advance the corporate citizenship field on issues that include creating effective employee volunteer programs, scaling and deepening global impact through service and more.
IBM promotes habitat conservation and management through its membership and participation in the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). Four IBM sites in the United States have had their land management and wildlife habitat programs certified by the WHC, including IBM’s corporate headquarters located in Westchester County, New York, where IBM established a 2-acre wildflower meadow and installed approximately 20 nest boxes to provide habitat for Eastern bluebirds, songbirds and other species.