Corporate Service Corps

A Triple Benefit
Communities have their problems solved.
IBMers receive leadership training and development.
IBM develops new markets and global leaders.

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14 December 2011 How To Win Friends and Train Leaders in Global Markets? Just Follow IBM - Forbes

Many of the dimensions of this incredible job – transition to service orientation and renewal of company culture, initiated by Lou Gerstner and advanced by just-retired CEO Sam Palmisano – have been well chewed over. But one subtle and no less important part of Palmisano’s legacy has yet to play out. This is the renewal in leadership development itself at IBM, specifically via the IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC).
28 September 2011 IBM's Corporate Service Corps: A New Model for Global Leadership Development - Huffington Post

The CSC and its offshoot, the Executive Service Corps, have produced rich dividends for IBM, its employees and the communities in which it does business. Read more about the program, its successes and its future.
28 September 2011 The Job Corps Movement – Corporate Responsibility Magazine

An increasing number of large U.S.-based corporations—such as IBM, Dow Corning, and PepsiCo—are sending employees overseas on pro bono consulting assignments that use their professional talent. It’s an idea with appeal, as these short-term volunteer projects are becoming integral to many corporate responsibility strategies. Increasingly, these projects are becoming a key component of companies’ business strategies as well.
22 September 2011 IBM Increases Focus on Africa – eWeek

IBM says it will double down on its investment in Africa, including sending twice as many up-and-coming IBM leaders to Africa via the company’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program.
21 September 2011 IBM Boosts Commitment to Africa, Doubles Employee Leadership Development and Public Service Program – WebWire

IBM today announced it will double the number of emerging leaders it sends on pro bono assignments to Africa during the next three years. As part of the company’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program, aimed at developing IBM leaders and providing skilled assistance to local governments and non-government organizations in emerging markets, IBM will send about 600 employees to Africa through 2015. The company made the announcement at THINK: A Forum on the Future of Leadership.
29 August 2011 Setting Employees Free To Do Good – Forbes

What does a small amount of paid time off to do volunteer work mean for an employee?
Probably more than you think.
18 August 2011 Corporations Turning to Skill-Based International Volunteerism – Society for Human Resource Management

Ron Favali likens the month he spent in Cross River State, Nigeria, in 2009 as a member of IBM’s nine-member Corporate Service Corps (CSC)—and the preparation leading up to it—to receiving a master’s degree in international business.
12 August 2011 How Can Business and Government Work Together to Save a Life?- Stanford Social Innovation Review

Two years ago, one out of every four children born in Cross River State, Nigeria, did not reach the age of five. The cause was not an incurable disease, but instead a health care system ill-equipped to serve the basic needs of Cross River’s mothers and children. What began as a short-term volunteer project has helped to cut the region’s mortality rate nearly in half; a cross sector-partnership between IBM and the Cross River government is saving lives of mothers and children across the state, and providing education and financial assistance to those who need it.
1 August 2011 Overseas job assignments get a haircut, Fortune

Say farewell to that company-paid stint in Paris. Some companies are now sending budding leaders to emerging markets to test their adaptation skills and grit.
3 June 2011 Volunteering With Spreadsheets, Not Screwdrivers, Huffpost Impact

During this period here in the U.S. between Memorial Day and Independence Day, it's not hard to think about expressing appreciation to those who have worked to protect and preserve our society. Many also think about ways they, too, can render vital community service to make the world a better place. But it can be a challenge to match one's experiences and skills with the right need or cause, particularly if you're better with calculators than you are with, say, a hammer.
3 June 2011 US foreign aid efforts get a corporate boost,

When IBM executive Chandu Visweswariah went to Rio de Janeiro as part of a volunteer team to help city officials plan to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, he found himself immersed in a mash-up of a corporate Peace Corps and "The Apprentice."
1 June 2011 Private Corporations and Development in Africa, Council on Foreign Relations

USAID has just announced a partnership with IBM and CDC Development Solutions (an NGO focused on international corporate volunteerism) to help corporations make their employees’ expertise available in developing countries. Specifically, USAID, IBM, and CDC Development Solutions are establishing a “Center of Excellence for International Corporate Volunteerism” as a virtual venue where companies can exchange best practices and share successes. USAID and CDC Development Solutions will also provide country-specific guidance to members with respect to their volunteer programs.
7 April 2011 Corporate Volunteerism Goes Global, Wall St. Journal Marketwatch

It’s an ongoing challenge for management — how to control costs in a sluggish economy while continuing to attract and retain top-level employees, and develop them into strong and effective leaders.
29 March 2011 IBM Supports Three Ghanaian Institutions , Ghana Government Official Portal

An international team of consultants from IBM’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC) programme, has assisted three Ghanaian institutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness through utilising the latest technologies and business processes.
6 March 2011 IBM volunteers to Ghana , BiztechAfrica

A team from IBM will arrive in Ghana this week to contribute towards projects to modernise the country’s electricity supply and help improve education systems at a number of schools in the country.
3 March 2011 IBM maps way towards Kenya's Vision 2030 , IDG News Service

On the 21 of February 2011, a team of consultants from the IBM's Corporate Service Corps programme arrived in Nairobi for a one-month project in Nyeri. They worked alongside the Kenya ICT Board, the Kenya e-Government initiative, the Ministry of Information and Communication and the Postal Corporation of Kenya on a number of initiatives to help meet key ICT objectives laid out in the Vision 2030 plan.
IBM supports ECG, others , Business and Financial Times

An international team of IBM experts last Thursday presented its findings and recommendations on how to transform a number of leading Ghanaian organisations.