In the midst of Thursday’s celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of tech innovator IBM, the company announced 300,000 employees around the world-nearly three quarters of its global workforce-are volunteering with more than 5,000 projects in 120 countries.
The corporate involvement is part of IBM’s Celebration of Service, a movement that allows employees, retirees, clients and business partners to donate their time and experience throughout the company’s centennial year.
IBM employees, retirees and their families have donated more than 2.5 million hours of service to communities worldwide since the beginning of this year.
“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. “We are building on our strong heritage of skills based service — a commitment that is in IBM’s DNA.”
IBM has a long history of corporate involvement inside and outside the office-the company was one of the first to offer paid holidays and life insurance to its workers. The IBM Celebration of Service currently spans more than 120 countries where IBMers live and conduct business. Service projects held earlier this week include employees mentoring 100 small businesses for 100 days in Nigeria and working with AgeConcern to teach senior citizens in New Zealand to use mobile technology in the event of an emergency.
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