IT Management: IBM: Celebrating 100 Years Through Service to Others

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-07-11 Print this article Print
IBM Day of Service Infographic

IBM Day of Service Infographic

To commemorate the company's 100 years, 300,000 IBMers around the world are volunteering in more than 5,000 projects in 120 countries. Since January, IBMers, retirees and their families have donated more than 2.5 million hours of service to communities worldwide.
In celebration of its 100 years in business, IBM employees around the world took part in activities in their respective communities in one collective IBM Centennial Day of Service last month. At IBM's centennial celebration event at the company's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., on June 16, Stan Litow, vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs at IBM, said, "What happened yesterday was 300,000 IBM employees were involved in specially designed and led community activities in 120 countries around the world where they touched and served millions of people." Known as the IBM Celebration of Service, the project spans more than 120 countries where IBMers live and conduct business. The June 15 event culminated months of volunteering with an official IBM Centennial Day of Service. The IBM Celebration of Service was designed to allow employees, retirees, clients and business partners to donate their time and expertise during the company's centennial year. Indeed, the 300,000 IBMers—almost three quarters of its global workforce—are volunteering in more than 5,000 projects in 120 countries, meeting civic and societal challenges and helping millions of people, Litow said.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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