Armonk, N.Y. -- IBM received the Freedom to Compete Award from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in recognition of its innovation and dedication to recruiting under-represented university minorities, women and persons with disabilities through its Project View programs. IBM is one of six organizations honored for espousing free and unfettered access to employment opportunities for all individuals. IBM's Senior Vice President of Human Resources Randy MacDonald accepted the award on the company's behalf at yesterday's awards program and reception hosted by EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominguez and commissioners at the EEOC headquarters in Washington, D.C.
"We are truly honored to receive the 2005 Freedom to Compete award in recognition of IBM as a leader in diversity recruitment through our Project View initiatives," said MacDonald. "Today's award is a testament to IBM's commitment to workforce diversity. This work is part of our DNA and a reflection of our innovation and company ideals throughout our more than one hundred year heritage."
"The Freedom to Compete Award honors organizational leaders whose extraordinary efforts embody a key tenet of the Commission's goals: to ensure that all individuals have the freedom to compete and advance in the workplace on a level playing field. We congratulate IBM and the other award winners and look forward to partnering with them to ensure equal opportunities for all employees," said Chair Dominguez. "Ultimately, the Freedom to Compete Award is about setting examples and teaching. The best way to further the equal employment opportunity mission is to learn from one another."
Launched in 2002, the Freedom to Compete initiative is a national outreach, education and coalition-building campaign to provide free and unfettered access to employment opportunities for all individuals. The central theme of the initiative is that every individual deserves the opportunity to compete and advance as far as his/her talent and ability allows -- without regard to discriminatory barriers based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age or disability.
IBM's Project View
Project View is IBM's recruitment program that focuses on hiring candidates from underrepresented diversity groups into IBM nationally. Historically, this program has been responsible for placing about half of IBM's university and professional hires from underrepresented groups. This is accomplished by matching highly qualified job candidates with the hiring requirements of managers located in a variety of IBM sites with common skill needs. The program introduces minorities, women and persons with disabilities with hardware, software and business in-demand skills to a variety of national employment opportunities within IBM.
Project View was developed in the early 1980's to bring in skilled candidates that would be interested in summer and co-op positions for IBM locations in New York State's mid-Hudson Valley. In 1988 IBM consolidated their recruitment efforts and expanded Project View to include candidates for regular hire. By the early 1990's the program evolved to focus on recruiting and hiring top diverse talent for regular-full time positions, as well as for co-op and intern openings. For more information see the IBM Project View web site: http://www-306.ibm.com/employment/us/un_div_pv.shtml
The five other winners of the Freedom to Compete Award include: PK USA of Shelbyville, Indiana; Giant Eagle, Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Minority Corporate Counsel Association; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; and The State of Maryland.