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Corporate Responsibility

To achieve long-term success,
you have to manage for the long term…

IBM’s experience in building a Smarter Planet with clients has transformed our approach to corporate citizenship. Our business and citizenship strategies have converged, applying the same technologies and expertise to helping the communities where we live and work. IBM is proud to support New Zealand communities and community organisations become stronger, and more connected and innovative.

Rob Lee, former Managing Director, IBM New Zealand

IBM has been a leader in corporate responsibility for over 100 years. We have embedded corporate responsibility in our business strategy, values and management systems. Our contributions target critical societal issues and leverage our employees' talent and expertise, as well as our technologies.

IBM’s strategic business priorities are tightly aligned with our social responsibility efforts. Both are focused on making the systems that facilitate life — such as water, energy, food, and transportation — more efficient, accessible and sustainable. Because we have so methodically aligned our service efforts to our areas of business expertise, we are able to engage longer and more meaningfully — including efforts to improve education, healthcare, disaster response, water and food, jobs and economic growth, and urbanisation.

Why we do it

Corporate Responsibility enables IBM to provide greater value to all our stakeholders worldwide while delivering shareholder value. It helps attract and retain the best and brightest employees who seek careers in a company distinguished by outstanding Corporate Responsibility practices. Our strong record also provides a competitive edge with clients, and helps us gain admission to new markets.

How we do it

Our operations are based on strong ethics and values that define all our decisions and actions worldwide:

Corporate Service Corps

A Triple Benefit


Smarter Cities Challenge

Smarter Cities Challenge

The Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program awarding $50 million worth of services and expertise over the next three years to help 100 cities around the globe address a wide range of challenges.

Christchurch (NZ) was one of our global recipients in 2013

2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

Learn more about IBM Corporate Responsibility in our most recent annual report.

IBMers, IBM retirees and citizens across the world are volunteering their time and expertise to help improve their communities. You are invited to take part in this global movement, supported by grants and advanced services and technology donated by IBM.

Volunteer service pledged to date:
3,201,215 hours
(the equivalent of 400,152 8-hour days, or over
365 years of service, all packed into 2011)
Join the Celebration