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IBM Vietnam celebrates 20th anniversary

Released at: 15:58, 20/06/2016

IBM Vietnam celebrates 20th anniversary

Twenty community projects in train as company marks two decades in Vietnam.

by Doanh Doanh

IBM Vietnam has announced 20 community-oriented projects to celebrate its 20 years in Vietnam.

Each employee at IBM Vietnam will voluntarily spend at least 20 hours on the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities this year. Such efforts are worth around $70,000 and largely focus on two key sectors - education and support for socioeconomic development.

Ms. Pham Ngoc Van Giang, Director of IBM Vietnam’s CSR programs, said: “We believe that the key value of a company does not only consist of how effectively it expands its business but is also about how successfully it deploys its CSR activities.”

The largest project this year is called “IBM Community Day” and was held in April in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. More than 1,000 voluntary working hours were used at centers for the disabled and children in need in the two cities.

IBM Vietnam was one of the first foreign-invested companies established in Vietnam. It was first in Vietnam between 1938 and 1974 before returning in 1993 to conduct market research and then opened two representative offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in 1994, right after the US lifted its trade embargo on Vietnam.

Over the last 20 years IBM Vietnam has grown from a few staff to a few hundred talented employees in sales, technical and support functions in offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, and from just a hardware company to a company that provides high-value solutions and services, such as Cognitive and Cloud in Vietnam.

“As we celebrate our 20th anniversary we look forward to continuing our partnership with the government, businesses and the citizens in a shared future,” said Mr. Eric Yeo, Country General Manager of IBM Vietnam. “This future holds enormous promise for us as we are uniquely positioned to unlock the potential in all data - a ‘New’ natural resource - through Cognitive and helping you make your digital intelligence a competitive advantage.”

During its 20 years in Vietnam, recognition for IBM has included the Top 5 “Best Places to Work for in Vietnam” (2013-2015), as surveyed by Anphabe and Nielson. In 2015 IBM topped the list in the IT industry, received Golden Dragon Awards from 2001-2015 from Vietnam Economic Times, received a Certificate of Excellence from the People’s Committees in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, the State Bank of Vietnam, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, and awards for best products, best servers, best software, etc., from various businesses, organizations and associations.

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