Our Programs

India CSR Policy and Focus Areas

Corporate Citizenship

IBM has developed a thoughtful comprehensive approach to corporate citizenship that aligns with our values and maximizes the impact we can make as a global enterprise. We focus on specific societal issues, education & skills, Climate Protection and Sustainability.


CSR Policy

  • We believe that a company culture based on core values not only helps our business, but also defines the role that we are capable of playing in the society.
  • We identify and act upon new opportunities to apply our technology and expertise to societal problems.
  • We scale our existing programs and initiatives to achieve maximum benefit.
  • We empower our employees and others to serve their communities.
  • We integrate corporate citizenship and social responsibility into every aspect of our company.


Focus Areas

Our Focus areas have been:

  • Education and Skills – To foster life-long learning opportunities through streamlined initiatives that cut pathways across education [access], skills/employability [inclusion], and employment [equity and quality].
  • Sustainability and Climate Protection – IBM has long been committed to protecting the environment. We will continue to drive reductions in our environmental impacts and apply our leading technology innovations and expertise to address global environmental challenges
  • Volunteerism – The company’s culture of giving continues to attract and inspire employees dedicated to improving the lives of others through skills volunteering.
  • Public health care – IBM believes in smarter health care approaches that can harness the power of data, technology and expertise to transform health care for our communities around the world.
  • We integrate corporate citizenship and social responsibility into every aspect of our company.


Governance - CSR Committee

Mr. Amit Sharma- Chairman 
Mr. Sandip Patel- Member 
Ms. Tejaswini S Rajwade - Member 
Mr. Thiru Nagarajan – Member

CSR committee approved projects

STEM For Girls:  STEM for girls program is to enable girls' empowerment through skills-building that includes computational thinking, coding skills, digital fluency, life skills and self-actualization to increase their chances of learning and careers in STEM (Science Technology, Mathematics and Engineering).   


AI for ALL/IBM AI Curriculum: The IBM AI Curriculum rolled out in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) introduces AI as a subject for Senior Secondary students in India (Grade XI & XII). IBM developed a comprehensive AI curriculum (framework, outcomes, and assessments methods.


Atal Innovation Mission – IBM Collaboration with Atal Tinkering Labs: The Atal Tinkering Lab(ATL) initiative is aimed to foster inventiveness among students, ATL conducts different activities ranging from regional and national level competitions, exhibitions, workshops on problem-solving, designing and fabrication of products along with teachers’ training & timely mentoring.


ATL Innonet Platform: IBM India in collaboration with NITI Aayog developed the InnoNet platform in order to establish a sustainable support ecosystem for the ATLs and the students. The platform provides a means of connecting the industry mentors (Mentor of Change) with the ATL schools to ensure that the young innovators receive the right mentorship from the leaders in the industry.


Advance Diploma in IT-Networking & Cloud Computing: IBM in collaboration with the Directorate General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) launched a two-year advanced diploma program in IT, Networking and Cloud Computing. It is NSQF Level 6 certified and approved by NCVT. This will ensure job-ready New Collar skills building of deserving youth with opportunities of the future. 


IBM SkillsBuild is a digital platform providing job seekers with a multimodal skills journey. SkillsBuild was launched in India in collaboration with the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), has over 7500+ technical and professional courses offered along with certifications and badges; IBM SkillsBuild was rated amongst the TOP 10 e-learning platforms in the country in 2020.


IBM Open P-Tech  Open-PTECH is a free online learning platform that has courses on emerging technologies and professional development, Open PTech imparts foundational knowledge on cybersecurity, IOT, AI and cloud computing and other technologies to youth.   


IBM New Collar Employability Skills Program:  has a QP aligned courseware on cloud computing/ data analytics and blockchain (200 hrs of IBM curriculum with virtual labs). This program is intended to catalyse, facilitate and manage large-scale skills training aimed to build employability skills for underserved – youth, especially women.     


Action against Human Trafficking – Traffic Analysis Hub: IBM partnered with Stop the Traffik (STT), the UK to create the first-ever global data hub, called Traffik Analysis Hub, to facilitate the sharing of information about human trafficking across all industries and sectors. The Power of Technology and Data – to create the first truly multi-sector information sharing platform; The Financial Coalition – to bring leaders of banks and the financial industry together to disrupt the economies of trafficking. In an effort to support global action against human trafficking, IBM supported the Kalinga Fellowship in 2020 to build awareness, and activate the ecosystem, especially the use of data and technology in support of anti-trafficking actions engaging major non-profits engaged in this sector. 


Development of Tool for early detection of Neurological disorders: IBM India supported a project undertaken by INCLEN International to develop a Neurodevelopmental Disorders Screening Tool (NDST) to study the pattern of neurological issues occurring in children in the age group of 1 to 10 years. IBM Global research team will develop an AI – ML-based algorithm to improve the performance of NDST for community-based or general screening of children for nine common NDDs with high sensitivity and specificity. 


IBM India has partnered with Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to bring positive change to cancer care outcomes in India. IBM India and CHAI have started a strategic programme to support the national and state governments in expanding access to two key segments of cancer care: community screening and quality treatment, with the goal of expanding treatment access and improving the availability of cancer drugs by strengthening supply chain processes.


Disaster Relief: IBM India worked with local agencies and NGOs to mitigate the impact of natural disasters and the Covid -19 Pandemic that devastated our country by the distribution of dry rations, distribution of hygiene kits to safeguard from the spread of the virus besides massive efforts invested in sensitizing the communities to adopt precautionary measures to arrest the spread of the virus. IBM India swiftly responded to the devastating Cyclone Amphan that hit the coastal districts of West Bengal and supports the affected local communities through medical camps, distribution of essential supplies, safe drinking water solutions, and repair and building of homes for the homeless. 


Contribution to Relief Funds: IBM India generously contributed to PM Cares fund to help the nation tide over the Pandemic. 

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STEM for Girls India

The IBM STEM For Girls  is IBM India’s CSR initiative which aims to empower 3,00,000 government school students (2,00,000 girls and 1,00,000 boys) over 3 years (2019-2022). The focus is to drive an increase in the number of girls pursuing STEM in around 1300+ government schools in 11 states ( Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Orissa, Telangana, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and  Uttarakhand).
The program focuses on the synergy of the STEM subjects through pedagogical approaches aimed to teach these subjects via real-world applications and enhance the overall learning outcomes. The program uses a 3-year learning curriculum beginning in eighth grade with the Goal of Students get access to the latest technology knowledge and an environment to test these skills in real-life situations. It leverages coding as a tool to build critical 21st-century skills and will equip girls with digital fluency, coding skills, provide access to knowledge and tools, build agency among adolescent girls and help to build strong pathways to careers. With STEM learning, effective mentorship and career opportunities, girls can thrive and become stronger participant in the digital economy. We believe that the gender gap in STEM careers today can be reduced dramatically if tens of thousands of girls across India are allowed to use coding as a means for self-expression. With the STEM For Girls program, we encourage engagement with employee volunteers from IBM who are successful in STEM fields, serving as important role models for these girls.


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Atal Tinkering Lab

Disrupting the Indian Education System by creating a paradigm shift where children as young as 12 years of age are being introduced to the world of technology innovation.

The Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) initiative is aimed at disrupting the Indian education system by creating a paradigm shift where children as young as 12 years of age are being introduced to the world of technology innovation. In order to foster inventiveness among students, ATL can conduct different activities ranging from regional and national level competitions, exhibitions, workshops on problem-solving, designing and fabrication of products, lecture series etc. at periodic intervals.

IBM partnered with Learning Links Foundation, SRF Foundation, Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre, and EZ Vidya to support the ATL initiative.

IBM conducted training across Karnataka, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Rajasthan and impacted over 7000 teachers, 1000 schools, and 55000 students. 

IBM also developed the InnoNet platform in collaboration with NITI Aayog in order to establish a sustainable support ecosystem for the ATLs and the students. The platform provides a means of connecting the industry mentors with the ATL schools to ensure that the young innovators receive the right mentorship from the leaders in the industry.

With thousands of mentors onboarded on the InnoNet platform, it is one of the largest volunteer mentor networks in the country. The platform currently enables 5177 mentors to collaborate with 8727 schools for mentoring support.

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IBM AI Curriculum

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a skill subject in the high school curriculum (grades XI and XII) in the academic year 2020 - 2021. IBM developed the AI curriculum in collaboration with Australia's Macquarie University and Indian implementation partners, Learning Links Foundation and 1M1B. The curriculum has been introduced in  250 CBSE schools across 13 states in India (Delhi-NCR, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab). Since the launch of the curriculum, IBM and it's partners have reached out to close to 15,000+ students and 6000+ teachers from the CBSE ecosystem through training and mentoring programs. Students have also been part of AI hackathons and the IBM EdTech Youth Challenge through which the winners have been provided an immersive virtual internship with IBM.

The IBM AI Curriculum is structured around a course framework for students consisting of base knowledge (basics, history, applications), skills (design thinking, computational thinking, data fluency, critical thinking) and values (ethical decision making, bias) in AI. It is further made robust with problem-based learning outcomes and assessment methods for teachers to build the foundational skills of AI in students, making them not just consumers of AI, but creators as well. An AI Logbook for students and AI Project Guide for teachers have been developed to support students and teachers as they develop AI powered projects addressing key community challenges. IBM employees have also been actively engaged in mentoring students for their projects and over 1200 AI student ideas have been mentored in the last 2 years.

The "IBM SkillsBuild for Students" platform allows students to explore new technologies, build foundational workplace skills, discover new interests  and prepare for jobs that are just beginning to exist — all for free. For Teachers there are robust resources and curriculum enhancements,  to help  bring technology and workplace skills learning to life their classroom to prepare students for the changing world of work. 

Students and Teachers can earn digital badges and certificates from IBM which will help you show that you're ahead of the curve, and that you have foundational knowledge and skills in topics that're driving the future.

By March 2022, IBM and its partners plans to empower 80,000 students and teachers on AI and other emerging technology through the certification courses on SkillsBuild.

"How will technology impact jobs moving forward and how can we prepare our students to succeed in an increasingly automated, AI-driven world? The objective of our collaboration with CBSE is to help address some of those challenges by designing one of the most accessible and comprehensive gateways for students to begin their AI journey."  - Sandip Patel, General Manager, IBM India/South Asia

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2-Year Advanced Diploma in IT, Networking and Cloud Computing

Creating industry pathways for students through a two-year advanced diploma program in IT, networking and cloud computing.

In collaboration with the Directorate General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India, IBM launched the 2-Year Advanced Diploma in IT, Networking and Cloud Computing through their National Skills Training Institutes (NSTIs). The advanced diploma program is NSQF Level 6 certified and is focused on creating industry pathways for students. The two-year diploma program comprises 18 months of classroom training followed by 5 months of on-the-job (OJT) training. Students also leverage IBM SkillsBuild platform for learning which includes built-in assessment in course to test the knowledge of the student to earn badges and certification.  Students are supported through monthly scholarships during classroom training and stipends during the OJT sessions.

The program is open to students who have completed diplomas from ITIs across the country. It is implemented in 16 National Skill Training Institutes (NSTI) across 12 states: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat, Odisha. 486 students are currently  enrolled in the program.

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In the next three years, nearly 120 million workers in the world’s 10 largest economies may need to be reskilled as businesses adopt artificial intelligence and intelligent automation technologies. It is important that the current and the future workforce are provided with relevant opportunities to reskills and upskills themselves to keep up with the demands of the industry. IBM SkillsBuild presents a unique opportunity for all the learners worldwide to meet their demands of skilling through courses designed to help learners to acquire technical and professional skills required to excel in Industry. 

IBM SkillsBuild was launched in India in collaboration with the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in November 2019 and has since impacted over 310,000 learners from 2000+ academic institutions across the country. These learners have leveraged the platform to complete over 690,000 courses amounting to over 638,000 hours of e-learning since its launch. With over 10,000+ technical and professional courses offered along with certifications and badges; IBM SkillsBuild was rated amongst the TOP 10 e-learning platforms in the country in 2020.

IBM Collaborates with IIT Kanpur in Medical Research & Innovation

To bridge the gap that exists in India between medical sciences and engineering technology, IIT Kanpur is committed to establishing a one-of-its-kind Medical School to bring in a paradigm shift in approach towards medical research and innovation in the country. SMRT will be the confluence of IIT Kanpur’s faculty cutting across disciplines built on the backbone of a super-specialty hospital, BSBE research prowess, and Centers of Excellence (CoE). These Centers of excellence will be specialized centers in targeted biomedical research areas and are expected to work in confluence with the core clinical departments of the hospital and biomedical expertise of various engineering departments of IIT Kanpur.

SMRT is a part of the Blue Ocean Strategy of IIT Kanpur under which the Institute is trying to build academic and research leadership in the clinical research and MedTech domains wherewith the right focus it can create a huge impact for the society and economy and put itself and the country on the global stage.

IIT Kanpur proposes to establish SMRT which will converge its technology and innovation competencies with medical sciences to catapult the Institute into the league of global institutions that are driving advancements in human biology and health through technology interventions. This will be achieved through ‘Centers of Excellence (CoE)’ on futuristic medicine as part of SMRT and a Super-Specialty Hospital as an extension of these CoE.

IIT Kanpur is setting up an “Academic Block” of 60,000 sq. ft area in the first phase of SMRT. Academic block will encompass five academic offices and five research laboratories. Each academic office and research lab is associated with five main clinical departments of super-specialty hospital (Oncology, Neurology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology and Cardiology). Each departmental academic office includes faculty chambers, resident doctor chambers, departmental library/seminar rooms, departmental office, storeroom, pantry, etc. Each department will have their own research laboratory for practical learning.

The “Academic Block” at SMRT building will be designated by both name and logo of IBM.


IBM is committed to environmental leadership in all of its business activities, from its operations to the design of its products and the use of its technology.

The IBM Sustainability Accelerator is a pro bono social impact program that applies IBM technologies, such as hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence, and an ecosystem of experts to enhance and scale nonprofit and government organization interventions, helping populations especially vulnerable to environmental threats including climate change, extreme weather, and pollution. 

Read more about the IBM Sustainability Accelerator program and strategy.

IBM aims to empower Not for profits (NGOs) and Government organizations through IBMers. An initiative designed to encourage IBMers to apply their skills to contribute to the environmental causes they care about.

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India CSR in the News

IndiaCSR.in: Interview: Manoj Balachandran, Head – CSR, IBM India & South Asia (link resides outside of ibm.com)
About: An indepth interview of IBM India CSR Leader, Manoj Balachandran on IBM's CSR programs and tackling the Covid19 pandemic

Forbes: Inside the reshaping of CSR in India during Covid-19 (link resides outside of ibm.com)
About: Many corporates, who work on long-term programmes and causes, are trying to strike a balance this year. Manoj Balachandran, Head of CSR at IBM India, says the company has been active in terms of Covid relief work like collaborations with grassroots NGOs or employee participation in pandemic related campaigns. But the focus is kept steady on educational skilling top, around which close to 95 percent of the company’s eisting CSR programmes are based. They are trying to approach CSR differently, he says. “We are readjusting our expectations from the programmes and the way we approach it will also change based on emerging requirements on the ground.”

YourStory.com: How IBM’s technology is helping this NGO counsel victims of human trafficking in India (link resides outside of ibm.com)
About: EmancipAction, an NGO that provides trauma care to vulnerable populations across the country, now hires potential mental health counsellors with IBM’s AI technology.

Times of India:  International Women’s Day: U’khand SSA inks MoU with IBM for girl child education (link resides outside of ibm.com)
About: IBM collaborates with Samagra Sikhsha Uttarakhand, the Government of Uttarakhand’s education mission,  to introduce the 'IBM STEM for Girls' program in 130 secondary and higher secondary schools across five districts in the state. The program will advance the skills and careers of close to 25,600 students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

The Times of India: Govt joins hands with IBM to train youth  (link resides outside of ibm.com)
About: IBM and the Goa State Government today announced a partnership to provide online courses for the state’s students, job seekers and entrepreneurs that will enhance their technical and professional skills.

CSR Awards won in 2020-21

India CSR Award

India CSR Award seeks to recognize the companies that have positively impacted both business and society by taking a strategic approach to CSR through collaborative program. The prestigious award recognizes the most admired and outstanding CSR initiatives in the country and acknowledges the notable contributions that are raising benchmarks by bringing transformative change in the society through innovation and excellence


BCIC CSR Award - The Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce representing large and medium industries in the State of Karnataka.  IBM Won the first BCIC award for excellence in CSR.

IBM STEM For Girls

IBM STEM For Girls was awarded Project Puthri award - IBM has been chosen for the Choice of Jury award of the 2020 Working Mother & Avtar PUTHRI Award for Excellence in CSR. This award is  a recognition of our commitment towards social responsibility, empowering the lives of underprivileged women and girl children and inspiring them into the world of new collar jobs through the "STEM for Girls" Program.

CSR Leadership Awards

The CSR Leadership Awards - recognized the innovative efforts of IBM STEM for Girls for overall social development, through our CSR initiatives. They recognized the transition that IBM CSR and sustainability approaches we have made from being a background issue to a primary concern.