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The Role of the IBMer

A world of global citizens

Building a smarter planet sounds like a vast undertaking—beyond the capacity of any local community or individual to accomplish or influence. But in reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.


The very conditions and capabilities that are making our planet smarter are also opening up paths to action and engagement—not just for companies and countries, but for the individuals and communities in them. All around the world, forward-thinking women and men from across society are seizing upon these opportunities with energy, expertise and passion.

They include the nearly 400,000 IBMers working in more than 170 countries— ambassadors of IBM’s near-century legacy of innovation and progress.

Throughout this report, you’ll find many examples of IBMers whose work is helping to make our world healthier, more sustainable, fairer and smarter. Whether through volunteerism, scientific exploration, or working with clients to help transform the systems by which our planet works, they exemplify what it means to be a global citizen.

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