IBM Corporate Service Corps
The Corporate Service Corps was launched in 2008 to help provide IBMers with high quality leadership development while delivering cutting-edge problem solving for communities and organizations in emerging markets. The program empowers IBM employees as global citizens by sending groups of 10 – 15 individuals from different countries with a range of skills to an emerging market for four week assignments. During the assignment, participants perform community- driven economic development projects working at the intersection of business, technology, and society.
The program increases IBM’s understanding and appreciation of growth markets while creating global leaders who are culturally aware and possess advanced teaching skills. The Corporate Service Corps offers a triple benefit: leadership development for the IBMers, training and development for local organizations, and greater knowledge and enhanced reputation in the growth markets for IBM.
Since its launch, the Corporate Service Corps has had a positive impact on the lives of more the 140,000 people through skills transfer and capacity building. Many thousands more have been positively impacted through the services of the organizations the Corporate Service Corps has supported. The more than 2,400 participants have come from over 50 countries and have served in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan , Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, UAE, and Ukraine. The program continues to expand to new locations each year.
IBM Smarter Cities Challenge
The Smarter Cities Challenge contributes the skills and expertise of IBM’s top talent to address critical challenges facing cities around the world. IBM does this by putting teams of executives, subject matter experts and other top talent on the ground for three weeks to work closely with city leaders and deliver recommendations on how to make the city smarter and more effective. Over the past 3 years, 100 cities have been selected to receive grants. The Smarter Cities Challenge is IBM’s largest philanthropic initiative, with contributions valued at over $50 million to date. The Smarter Cities Challenge was established in 2010 based on the Corporate Service Corps model, and is deployed in both major and emerging market cities.