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IBM expands volunteering horizons

2009

Business computing giant IBM will expand its volunteering programme by entering into new countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

IBM announced will extend its 'Corporate Service Corps' initiative, which helps local businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental institutions in developing countries to improve their use of new technologies, into Brazil, China, Malaysia and South Africa.

The company will increase the number of employees participating in the programme from 600 to 1500 over the next year by deploying 'corps' of staff members to new countries including Nigeria, Egypt, and Ghana.

IBM teams will prepare themselves by learning about teamwork, cultural adaptability, CSR, project goals and the socio-economic aspects of their destination countries.

By the end of 2009, IBM will have sent 52 global teams to countries including the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Brazil, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Romania and Turkey.

The Corporate Service Corps is part of IBM's Global Citizen's Portfolio, a set of investment programmes to help IBM employees develop socially useful skills.


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