At IBM, responsibility is integral to our business and draws us to social challenges where we can matter, where innovation and expertise can improve communities and lives. Our approach involves forging sustained partnerships with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, academia and other companies — allied in purpose, focused on results. Our ongoing work across a range of activities is detailed in our 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report.
New initiatives include IBM Health Corps, which sends experts worldwide to work on engagements that expand and improve healthcare, Teacher Advisor with Watson, a free resource that uses cognitive computing to help teachers plan lessons and IBM Safety Net which provides NGOs with data management capabilities. Our established initiatives continue worldwide: Corporate Service Corps reached 28 locations in 2016, Impact Grants helped over 400 nonprofit organizations in 60 countries, IBM Volunteers through the On Demand Community engaged in 160 countries and Smarter Cities Challenge engaged with 10 municipalities on six continents.
IBM’s longstanding commitment to environmental protection remains a priority and encompasses all of our business activities, from conserving energy and water to minimizing waste and much more. In 2016, IBM achieved two important goals related to our efforts to combat climate change — one for renewable electricity purchases, and another for reductions in our CO2 emissions.
For more on these and many more activities within our company and in communities worldwide, we invite you to read and share our latest report: 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report