The firm has announced 20 community-oriented projects while marking its 20th anniversary of establishment in Vietnam on June 8, 2016.
In 2016, each employee at IBM Vietnam will voluntarily use their at least 20 hours for the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. In total, employees’ CSR efforts are worth US$70,000, focused largely on two key sectors including education and support for socio-economic development.
The 20 projects are designed based on the maximum exploitation of IBM Vietnam employees’ strength. They are focused on career-oriented consultancy, training, vocation, soft skills and making preparations for students to seek jobs after graduation.
The biggest project in this year is called “IBM Community Day” held in April 2016 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Under this project, more than 1,000 voluntary working hours were used at some centres for the disabled and children in need in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
In another case, the IBM corporate service corps programme took place during March-April 2016 in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. This project includes 10 IBM experts coming from six nations (the US, India, the UK, Arab Saudi, Brazil and Canada).
The experts provided free-of-charge consultancy for four units in the province, including the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Department of Science and Technology, the Ba Ria – Vung Tau Urban Sewerage and Development One Member Limited Company (BUSADCO), and the Development Investment Fund.
BUSADCO’s director Nguyen Quang Tung highly commended IBM Vietnam’s initiative.
“I am quite impressed at the way the IBM experts work. They have advanced valuable proposals to improve our company’s competitiveness,” he said.
Pham Ngoc Van Giang, director of IBM Vietnam’s CSR programmes said that “We do believe that the key value of a company does not only consist in how effectively the company expands its business, but also in how successfully the company deploys its CSR activities in favour of the public.”
“In all of its community-oriented activities, IBM always finds new opportunities to apply its high technology to solve social problems, while creating the best conditions for its employees to participate in CSR activities. IBM also always uses its best assets to create positive changes in the society,” Giang said.