Submitted by IBM
ARMONK, N.Y., July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) issued its Corporate Responsibility Report, detailing the company’s social performance results and strategies in the areas of governance, supply chain, environment, community engagements, employment policies and practices, and public policy.
The 40-page report features IBM’s Corporate Service Corps on its cover, a program IBM characterizes as a corporate version of the Peace Corps, to develop a next wave of IBM leaders while addressing critical societal challenges in emerging markets in innovative ways. The report demonstrates how fully integrating business and social strategies can make significant and lasting impacts in communities. Another program described is IBM’s work in the Sichuan province in China, the area stricken by a powerful earthquake last year where teams of IBMers engaged in the relief and recovery effort using their technology skills. The report with more details on all topics is available online at: http://www.ibm.com/responsibility/.
See audio slideshow of the Corporate Service Corps in Chengdu, China at: www.ibm.com/ibm/responsibility/market_profile.shtml#chengdu_feature.
"The critical issues we are addressing today, from cleaner water, to safer food, from green energy to better schools, are not only key social problems that demand our attention, but also present economic opportunities that can provide real benefit for communities, especially those in greatest need," said Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs and President of the IBM International Foundation. "As we seek to build a smarter planet, our business strategies need to be connected to sound corporate citizenship, they are both vitally important if we expect to achieve effective and sustainable results."
Included in the Corporate Responsibility Report are:
Innovation – joining invention and insight to produce important, new value – is at the heart of what we are as a company. And, today, IBM is leading an evolution in corporate citizenship by contributing innovative solutions and strategies that will help transform and empower our global communities.
Our diverse and sustained programs support education, workforce development, arts and culture, and communities in need through targeted grants of technology and project funds. To learn more about our work in the context of IBM's broader corporate responsibility efforts, please visit Innovations in Corporate Responsibility.
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