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A Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Initiative

IBM Corporate Citizenship India Programs

Capacity building for nongovernmental organizations

Introduced in 2010, Impact Grants help recipient educational and not-for-profit organizations to enhance their IT infrastructure, leadership and technology skills. The grants provide consultations with IBM experts and access to IBM technology. The tailored solutions are developed in collaboration with organizations in the not-for-profit sector, and are specifically designed to support them in their efforts to serve our communities. IBM India introduced the Services Grants program in 2012. As part of this program, IBM consultants engaged with several NGO’s in 2012/2013 providing consulting support.

Solving community problems

IBM’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC) is a global program that deploys IBMers to help solve complex problems in developing countries. Since its launch in 2008, the Corporate Service Corps has had a positive impact of the lives of more the 140,000 people through skills transfer and capacity building. Many thousands more have been positively impacted through the services of the organizations the Corporate Service Corps has supported. The Corporate Service Corps program has sent over 2400 participants on over 200 teams to more than 30 countries around the world. The participants come from over 50 countries and have served communities in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan , Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, UAE and Ukraine . The program continues to expand to new locations each year. In India, from 2008 to 2013, 21 teams have been deployed in 14 cities (Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Indore, Cochin, Coimbatore, Jamnagar, Nagpur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune) – providing 207 IBMers from 35 countries to work with 70+ NGOs in India. Likewise, 328 IBMers from India have been deployed in 30 different countries.

The projects have ranged from Innovation, Womens Empowerment, Rural Development, Social Development, Urban Poverty, Education, Employability, Entrepreneurship etc. for promoting rural and farm eco-tourism.

Making cities smarter

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge (SCC) was launched in 2010 and is a major IBM grant program designed to enable up to 100 cities around the world to utilize the time and expertise of top performing IBMers to become more vibrant and rewarding places for their citizens to live in. In India, from 2010 to 2012, 15 IBM executives worked with City Municipal Corporations on 3 different smarter city projects in India in the cities of Delhi, Ahmedabad and Pune. The Smarter City projects included development of strategy in a phased manner for the early roll out and implementation of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project by DMIDC, evaluation, analysis and recommended improvement and next steps of current citizen services and transportation environment in Ahmedabad, and creation of a Smarter Healthcare and Smarter Transportation roadmap for Pune Municipal Corporation.

Using technology to inspire young learners worldwide

From remote areas to underprivileged areas of towns and cities worldwide, the IBM KidSmart program is using technology to inspire young learners Worldwide. The program is for children 3 – 7 years of age and includes the Young Explorer, a computer housed in brightly colored, kid-friendly Little Tikes™ furniture and equipped with award-winning educational software to help children learn and explore concepts in math, science and language. In India, IBM supports government schools through our KidSmart program.

In India, the program started in 2003 and since inception the KidSmart Program has touched approximately 100,000 children's lives. The program is successfully running in 10 states and more than 30 cities in India, including, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi / NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Harayana. In 2013, the program is being implemented across 10 cities in India, touching the lives of approximately 10,000 children.

Using technology for teacher professional development

IBM Teachers TryScience is a web site for teachers. This site provides free and engaging lessons, along with teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The site also features collaboration tools to enable teachers to discuss and share effective instructional practices. In India, IBM has supported teacher professional development with the program in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Developing Entrepreneur Ecosystems

SME Toolkit is a robust website for entrepreneurs and small – medium businesses to help them learn and implement additional business management practices, foster economic growth in countries and markets and demonstrate the value of IBM innovation. The site provides the tools, content and resources budding entrepreneurs need for success. The SME Toolkit is a program of International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group) with IBM as the global technology partner.

In India, in 2013, IBM has conducted SME Toolkit workshops with partners National Entrepreneurship Network to train and enable more than 350 entrepreneurs across 8 cities - Bangalore, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Ahmadabad, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai by conducting multiple workshops.

Citizen engagement through corporate volunteering program

IBM’s volunteering program On Demand Community was established in 2003 as an innovative approach to supporting volunteering work with resources available online and “on demand” with a focus on skills-based volunteering by IBMers globally. This program supports the volunteer efforts of IBM employees and retirees in communities around the world. Through an internal website, the IBM employees can register, find volunteering opportunities, find a wide range of resources, track hours of volunteering and then apply for a grant to support the NGO / school.

Globally, the program has more than 240,000 registered participants who have collectively donated over 15 million hours of volunteering to schools and not-for-profit organizations worldwide. In India, since 2010, more than 45,000 IBMers have contributed more than 200,000 hours of community service in supporting organizations.

Responding to Natural Disasters

On our planet, disasters unfortunately occur with distressing frequency. The events usually create havoc in the impacted areas, but IBM’s response is always predictable: We offer technology, skills and IBMers committed to helping their neighbors and their communities. IBM’s response to disasters is based on a belief that combining innovative technology with talented people on the ground can strengthen recovery efforts.

As technology advances, new disaster recovery tools are emerging. IBM has embraced and supported one prominent example, an open source disaster management system, which can be used to track everything from victim identification to refugee camps, relief organizations and donations of relief goods. It is an active and evolving open source project, promoted by IBM as a strategic part of disaster response efforts.

In India, IBM has supported local government to deploy technology solutions during disaster relief work during natural disasters – eg 2004 Tsunami, AP floods and more recently Uttrakhand and Odisha floods. Volunteers built solutions for tracing missing people, Telecom Data Analysis & Communication Kiosks