Chairman's Award

IBM

Presented to Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO
IBM Corporation 

IBM has a strong tradition of exemplary corporate citizenship and a deep sense of responsibility to communities where they do business. IBM’s corporate citizenship strategy integrates their full range of technology resources and expertise to find solutions to global societal problems. IBM leverages its greatest asset – its employees skills--to make the solutions effective.  Combined with industry expertise, the company looks at deploying integrated solution donations that also include customized software, hardware, consulting, and cash donations to make the solutions effective. The company’s key priority issues are education, particularly science, engineering, technology and math (STEM); entrepreneurship, job creation, and local economic development; healthcare; the environment; disaster response; and select human services for the most disadvantaged communities. 

IBM

Smarter Cities Challenge is at its core a partnership with cities. IBM works with cities from the application process, through preparation and execution of each engagement.

 

 

IBM’s Chairman, President, and CEO Ginni Rometty has a deep involvement in and commitment to IBM’s leadership role. Ginni has promoted IBM’s program Smarter Cities Challenge in speeches and through meetings with CEOs, clients, investors, mayors and governors around the world. She has inspired people inside and outside the company to help make the work world a better place.

Smarter Cities Challenge (SCC) best exemplifies IBM’s integrated approach to corporate citizenship. This three-year $50 million competitive grant program is providing teams of IBM experts to 100 cities globally. By the end of 2012, 64 cities were completed.

Though purely a corporate citizenship activity, SCC draws on IBM’s core business expertise and knowledge. For three years IBM has been helping cities collect and analyze critical data to improve complex systems, such as healthcare, education, public safety, social services, communications, and energy and utilities.

Six-person teams of top IBM talent apply this knowledge in a collaborative, constructive and transparent manner to produce actionable solutions and recommendations . IBM builds its employees’ skills and enhances its marketplace presence. SCC grants are valued at approximately $400,000.

Smarter Cities Challenge is at its core a partnership with cities. IBM works with cities from the application process, through preparation and execution of each engagement. 


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