Around the holidays in 2015 — typically a time for happy memories with loved ones — Will Donlow was laid off from his job, had his car repossessed, and was in the process of getting a divorce. He was at a low point, but after seeing a TV commercial for Save Our Sons, he began to turn his life around.
“Something told me to go, and I went the next day,” Donlow said. “It was like God spoke to me.”
Now in its fifth year, the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility was designed by and for those working in the CSR field as a practical, interactive, and affordable professional development opportunity for CSR practitioners.
By: Diane Melley, Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives, Corporate Marketing, Communications and Citizenship, IBM
At IBM, we view talent development as a core value and a key element of our current and future success. Investing in employee training not only helps attract and retain great team members, it also builds loyalty, inspires creativity, and increases our reputation as a company.
But, employee development, like many areas of business requires planning, investment, and an eye towards the future.
The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility recently celebrated the graduation of their fourth class. Since the launch of the Institute in 2014, the program has attracted CSR professionals from around the region and across the country. Recently, we have seen interest from the international community. Sunday Kubba Hassan with Central Bank of Nigeria is the first international graduate from the Institute.
Manufacturing companies rely on the knowledge and capabilities of skilled workers to keep their businesses going. As a result, manufacturers should be, and often are, proponents of programs that encourage education in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.