IBM continues to invest in its workforce, creating opportunities to equip IBMers for success as global professionals and citizens, providing skills training, collaborative global experiences, as well as health and wellness programmes.
Each year, IBM will choose several hundred employees from different countries and business units to participate in the Corporate Service Corps. This program offers high-potential IBM employees a chance to develop their leadership skills while performing community service in strategic emerging markets of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
The Corporate Service Corps teams employee groups with small and medium enterprises, non-governmental organisations, universities, and governmental agencies to work in select developing and emerging markets for one month on the world’s toughest problems, such as global economic opportunity, environmental challenges, and access to education resources. Projects may range from assisting networks of entrepreneurs and small businesses trying to grow and reach export markets to the utilisation of information technology by communities left behind the digital divide. Project destinations are emerging and developing countries.
Participants gain valuable global teaming experience, accomplished through skills sharing to assist with project assignments, unearthing new ideas and experiences that enrich their understanding, and resolving conflicts. Each team is comprised of 8-10 IBM employees from different countries and business units that span the globe. While the full-time, in-country experience lasts for four weeks, the entire Corporate Service Corps experience is approximately six months, involving extensive preparatory work and a post-service connection back to the business.