IBM has released its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report.
The report highlights the company’s commitment to the communities and countries in which IBM conducts business and to the planet at large.
IBM has focused its CSR work in a number of key areas, each of which helps to tackle global challenges through innovation, transformation and leadership. These include:
Creating opportunity through education and training to enable economic mobility while building today’s and tomorrow’s “New Collar” workforce:
- IBM’s P-TECH schools – each a partnership among a school district, a community college and a corporate sponsor – continued to scale across the U.S. and around the world.
- In addition to P-TECH, IBM is packing the new-collar jobs pipeline with graduates of their Veterans Employment Accelerator Impact Grant program.
Leveraging cognitive capabilities to address health disparities and improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning:
- IBM Health Corps was launched in 2016 as a way of concentrating the company’s technologies and expertise on improving global health
- Teacher Advisor with Watson – a free, cloud-based cognitive coach developed by teachers for teachers – completed trials in 2016. Teacher Advisor provides qualified, vetted lesson plans and teaching mentorship for elementary school math, and will scale to encompass additional grade levels and subjects.
Preserving and protecting the environment through global efforts to help combat the effects of climate change:
- In 2016, IBM’s renewable electricity purchases represented 21.5 percent of their global consumption, exceeding their goal of 20 percent.
- IBM also achieved its third-generation CO2 emissions goal, reducing operational emissions by 38.1 percent compared to a 2005 baseline and surpassing the 35 percent target the company had set for 2020.