By Nao Terashima
Submitted by IBM
Justina Nixon-Saintil, Vice President and Chief Impact Officer (CIO) of IBM, visited Japan to discuss career support through IBM SkillsBuild and the IBM Sustainability Accelerator. Nixon-Saintil leads IBM's global CSR team, which promotes activities that have a positive impact on society, focusing on IBM's Environment, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG).
Please describe the role and mission of the Chief Impact Officer.
I am the first Chief Impact Officer at IBM. And the role of the CIO is to develop measures and strategies to have a positive impact on the community and also to create an impact on society.
There are several specific measures, but we are particularly focused on education/talent development and sustainability. In the area of human resource development, we are training people who want to work in technology to develop their skills. In terms of sustainability, we support organizations that address climate change and global warming by providing IBM solutions.
IBM feels that it has a significant impact on the community, so when I was asked to become CIO, I was very excited to be in a position to lead a variety of initiatives on a global level and to develop strategies to make an impact in the areas of education and sustainability.
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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