IBM launched the pro bono Corporate Service Corps in 2008 primarily as a vehicle for global leadership development while addressing economic challenges in emerging markets. The Corporate Service Corps initiative involves IBMers who can contribute valuable and much-needed skills, talent, and capabilities in emerging market countries and help make an impact in that country. Since its launch, the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program has contributed over 3000 participants on over 275 teams to nearly 40 countries around the world, delivering over $70 million in market value consulting on over 1000 projects.
Teams of from eight to 15 members partner with government, business and civic leaders in emerging markets to address high-priority issues such as education, health and economic development. Individual CSC teams spend three months learning about the communities and the problems they’ll address before spending four weeks on the ground working with local organizations and other relevant local stakeholders to develop recommendations for short-term and long-term actions. The program has achieved its primary goal—equipping IBMers for the challenges of working and leading in a global organization. Many of them on return call their deployments life changing. Since its launch, the CSC has emerged as a new model for leadership development and social engagement in the 21st Century. It’s a living laboratory for experiments and learning at a time when corporations are under incredible pressure to transform the way they operate because of globalization and technology shifts, and when economic challenges and social instability threaten to slow human progress.
I am so lucky to be a part of CSC program and I am part of the “CSC India 37” Team. We will travel to India and support the local companies with 4 different projects between 19th February 2018 and 16th March 2018 with 13 IBMers from different parts of the world.
I will publish my ports regularly to share all the details of this amazing experience..