IBM today announced that as part of its Celebration of Service, designed to allow employees, retirees, clients and business partners, to donate their time and expertise during the company’s Centennial year, 300,000 IBMers around the world, close to three quarters of its global workforce are volunteering in more than 5,000 projects in 120 countries, meeting civic challenges and societal challenges serving millions in need.
Since January 2011, IBMers, retirees and their families, have donated more than 2.5 million hours of service to communities worldwide.
IBM employees in New Zealand have kicked off a global day of volunteering to celebrate the centenary of IBM’s founding on 16 June 1911. IBMers will work with Age Concern to assist senior citizens to use their mobile phone technology helping them prepare their mobile devices for an emergency such as natural disasters, earthquakes or personal health issues.
More than 200,000 IBM volunteers worldwide will donate more than two million hours of service to their local communities this year. The global Celebration of Service event begins in New Zealand before spreading around the world.
“To commemorate our 100 years as a corporation, IBM is setting a record for community service by sharing the best skills of our employees, making a real impact in the communities where we work and live,” said Stanley S. Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM. “While this represents a historic and record setting amount of service, what is most important is not the large number of employees volunteering nor the millions of hours of service they are providing, it is the high quality of the work that is being done. The impact will go far beyond the one day. We are building on our strong heritage of skills based service – a commitment that is in IBM’s DNA.”
“By bringing together its employees, retirees, partners and community members, IBM is undertaking the largest service challenge, of its kind, we have seen to date,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute. “They are creating not only an impact on communities, but they are applying the unique and powerful IBM assets to catalyze a movement around service. We commend them for celebrating 100 years of corporate civic leadership in such a remarkable way.”
The IBM Celebration of Service spans more than 120 countries where IBMers live and conduct business.
In addition to the millions of service hours IBM’s employees, retirees, families, clients and partners are donating, IBM is also donating some of its most successful volunteer activity kits such as a solar car experiment, a clean water project and Internet safety for children. These volunteer kits provide “how-to” instructions and step-by-step details to successfully implement a volunteer activity in the community. They are aimed to inspire volunteers to connect with their communities and help create a smarter planet.
As part of its Centennial celebration, IBM will deliver hundreds of new service grants, valued at more than $12 million, which support employees’ volunteer activities to build a smarter planet. The service grants include cash and equipment awards that support employees’ volunteer activities. The new technology and cash grants expand IBM’s commitment to communities by 140 percent over the last year.