Purpose-driven transformation, innovation and reinvention are key components of IBM's approach to citizenship
ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 06 /CSRwire/ - IBM recently released its 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report, which details how the company’s technology and talent are transforming governments, institutions, communities and the quality of life for people around the world. As part of a culture of service that dates to the company’s founding more than 100 years ago, IBM and IBMers work to improve education, revitalize cities, address the challenges of economic growth, respond to disasters, and develop sustainable strategies for energy use and environmental protection. Selected highlights from 2014:
- Six students from IBM’s inaugural P-TECH grades 9 to 14 school in Brooklyn, New York completed their “six-year” P-TECH program two years ahead of schedule – finishing high school and college in just four years. Three of the graduates have taken high-paying jobs with IBM, while the remaining three will enter four-year colleges and universities with scholarships this fall.
- IBM introduced Codename: Watson Teacher Advisor, an exciting new IBM Watson cognitive computing tool will serve as a virtual mentor to educators. Teachers will be able to access this powerful application of IBM Watson whenever they need it, anonymously and free of charge.
- Two significant IBM Corporate Service Corps engagements focused on improving women’s health. A collaboration among IBM, the Ghana Health Service and the Yale School of Medicine will help reduce Ghana’s mother-to-child HIV transmission rate to less than 1 percent by 2020. And in Peru, IBM worked with Becton Dickinson and Company and women’s health nonprofit CerviCusco to more than double the organization’s outreach to rural, low-income women.
- IBM World Community Grid played an essential role in the Chiba Cancer Center’s (Japan) breakthrough in childhood cancer research. And in the fight against the Ebola virus, World Community Grid joined the Outsmart Ebola Together partnership as the computing power behind the Scripps Research Institute’s accelerated search for a cure.
- Through more than 500 IBM Impact Grants, IBM delivered service capabilities to nonprofit organizations around the world – an agile effort to identify, engage and overcome thousands of discreet global challenges, while empowering large and small organizations with essential insights and expertise to serve their beneficiaries better.
- Finally, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge achieved concrete results in cities in Australia (improving infrastructure and its effectiveness), Ireland (integrating municipally owned solar energy into the existing power grid), Mexico (planning for economic development), and the United States (reversing neighborhood decline and increasing tax revenue).
These are just a few examples of how IBM integrates corporate citizenship into its global business strategy – contributing the company’s most valuable technology and human assets to critical partnerships that enable significant and sustainable change.
IBM’s 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report is available online at: http://www.ibm.com/ibm/responsibility/2014/
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