IBM Corporate Service Corps

A triple benefit

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


For a quarter century, PYXERA Global has been working to improve lives and build capacity of individuals and institutions in more than 90 countries. Leveraging the strengths of corporations, governments, social enterprises, educational institutions, and individuals, PYXERA Global enhances the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals.

PYXERA Global has partnered with a range of corporations in designing and implementing successful Global Pro Bono programs, also known as skills-based volunteerism, resulting in over 200 Global Pro Bono teams with thousands of participants and local client organizations in over 50 countries. PYXERA Global's partnerships include a range of corporations including IBM, PepsiCo, FedEx, Walmart, John Deere, Dow Chemical, and Pfizer.

Since 2008 PYXERA Global has partnered with IBM to implement its Corporate Service Corps and Smarter Cities Challenge initiatives in over 25 countries.


Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)

DOT is an international non-profit corporation, headquartered in Canada, that takes a business approach to development. With a 12-year track record, DOT provides sustainable solutions, to both industry and the public sector, that drive innovation in learning and education and economic growth.

DOT creates transformative partnerships between local communities and the public, private, and civil sectors that tap into the knowledge, potential, and insights of our movement of thousands of young social innovators across 21 countries. Our proven model and track record of tri-lateral collaboration, grounded at a community level, has created lasting change for millions of people and led to sustained social and economic impact.

DOT’s seven-year partnership with IBM’s Corporate Service Corps and Smarter Cities Challenge has supported IBMers to collaborate with local communities and decision-makers to address local socio-economic needs and priorities in 16 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. The pro-bono assignments emphasize the potential of technology to drive social and economic transformation.

DOT - digital opportunity trust

Australian Business Volunteers (ABV)

Australian Business Volunteers began in 1981 when the Australian Government sought to use the business expertise of retired executives on international development projects. Over the decades ABV has developed into a unique international development not-for-profit with a vision of poverty alleviation through inclusive growth through Asia and the Pacific region. Key to ABV’s model is a partner-driven approach involving local government, business, community leaders and the non-profit sectors in project design and assessment. Our people, whether corporate employees or retired professionals, provide effective skills transfer, thought leadership and mentoring.

ABV has partnered with IBM to successfully implement the Corporate Service Corps since its inception in 2008 across Southeast Asia, China and India. The Corporate Service Corps complements other programs ABV delivers in the region by drawing on IBM’s unique technological and business acumen to address critical challenges facing local communities such as increasing access to drinking water, improving tertiary education outcomes, helping to prevent the exploitation of migrant works, or furthering environmental protections.

ABV - Australian Business Volunteers

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

VSO is the leading international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We currently work in 23 countries, with 600 volunteers and 595 partners in four thematic areas: education; health, social accountability and livelihoods. These are supported by our cross-cutting themes of gender, disability, and climate change. Our national and international volunteers work with education professionals, health practitioners, entrepreneurs, community leaders, policy makers and activists. By combining volunteers’ diverse skills and ideas with local knowledge and expertise, we identify and implement innovative solutions to development challenges and campaign for change.

VSO works in partnership with the private sector and leading international development organizations to enable new collaborations around development issues. Our partnerships with IBM, Accenture, Citibank, Mondelēz, Randstad, Shell and Syngenta bring innovation through applying corporate skills to development programs, ensuring a lasting impact on both international development and business goals.


Global FoodBanking Network

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is an international non-profit organization that alleviates global hunger by collaborating to develop food banks in communities where they are needed and by supporting food banks where they exist. GFN currently works in more than 30 countries, home to more than one-fourth of the world’s nearly 800 million undernourished people.

By connecting member food banks with good corporate citizens who want to engage on a local level, GFN helps food banks get more food to more people. Since 2013, IBM Corporate Service Corps teams have supported GFN network food banks throughout Latin America, already making a substantial impact in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador by helping food networks to distribute more food funded by more donors to more organizations, ultimately feeding more people throughout the region.

Global FoodBanking Network


In 2011, IBM, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and PYXERA Global announced a partnership to encourage corporate volunteerism with a goal of improving global relations via a “citizen diplomacy” model. IBM donated the services of 100 IBM employees to work on community based projects in areas such as healthcare, women's enablement, municipal governance and citizen services in countries like Ghana, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal and the Ukraine. IBM also shared materials and consulted on operational details of their Corporate Service Corps program to aid the alliance's longer term goal of expanding the number of companies and volunteers who assist developing countries, providing benefits for sponsoring companies, employees, and the local customers in emerging markets.