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- Dow Jones Sustainability Index, North America
- EcoVadis — Gold-level CSR rating
- Human Rights Campaign Foundation — 100% Equality Index score
- Black Enterprise — 50 Best Companies for Diversity
CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2019 Action Award
- Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate) Recipient
- Catalyst Award for advancing women and diversity in business
- Australian HR Institute Award — Corporate Social Responsibility (P-TECH)
- International SOS Foundation — Duty of Care award for sustainability, citing Corporate Service Corps
- Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation — 2018 Energy Management National Award
According to Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM:
“At IBM, work is more than a job — it’s a calling.
IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. For that reason, we manage the brand to be highly esteemed and valued by forward-thinking clients, employees, communities, investors and the general public worldwide.
Transforming industries and society
At IBM Research, we invent things that matter. We are a community of thinkers. We make a lasting impact on our industry and the world.
Our scientists are pioneering the future of artificial intelligence, creating breakthroughs like quantum computing that will allow us to process information in entirely new ways, defining how blockchain will reshape the enterprise, and so much more. We are driven to discover.
We remain dedicated to leading the world into a more prosperous and progressive future; to creating a world that is fairer, more diverse, more tolerant, more just.”
Company Sustainable Activity
According to the company:
IBM has had a policy for decades that calls for environmental leadership in all business activities. To meet this high standard, we maintain a strong, worldwide environmental management system (EMS) designed to help minimize the potential impact of our operations on the environment.
Risk identification and management
- New energy and climate goals
Procure 55% of IBM’s worldwide electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2025. This includes (1) renewable electricity in the grid mix IBM receives from utilities or energy retailers, and (2) renewable electricity for which IBM specifically contracts over and above the renewables in the grid.
Reduce operational CO2 emissions associated with IBM’s energy consumption 40% by 2025 against base year 2005, adjusted for acquisitions and divestitures.
- Energy conservation projects
- Renewable electricity
- CO2 emissions
- Helping harness safe water
- Microscopes to monitor plankton
- AI helps farmers test their soil
- Watson for agriculture
- Solar energy app for Africa
- Smarter Buildings
- AI to spot oil leaks
→ SUPPLY CHAIN
Spending $25.8 billion with a global network of more than 13,000 suppliers — as IBM did in 2018 — presents an opportunity to promote our values and help drive progress in our industry. We work with suppliers to establish requirements and assess compliance. We collaborate with industry groups to improve our sector, and we have worked for 50 years to increase supply chain diversity. Half of IBM’s top 100 suppliers published corporate responsibility reports, and nearly 85% of those followed Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. We encourage our remaining suppliers to follow their lead for greater transparency
Responsible stewardship of data and powerful new technologies has always been fundamental to IBM’s business and its commitment to clients. In May 2018, IBM established principles for trust and transparency to reaffirm a long-standing position: organizations that collect, store, manage or process data are obligated to handle it responsibly. This belief is why the world’s largest enterprises trust IBM to steward their most valuable data.
→ THE IBMER
Diversity of thought, experience and personal identity among IBMers improves our company’s innovation, agility, performance and engagement. This principle drives our efforts to have all IBMers feel safe and confident being their full selves at work — and to advocate for inclusion outside our company.
- Employee Well Being
- Leadership Development
- We invested in more than 24 million hours of professional education for IBMers, to help give them the skills they need to be successful in this new era of technology for our company and our clients.
- For a record fourth time, we received the Catalyst Award for leadership in building a workplace that values diversity and inclusion.
→ SOCIAL IMPACT
The P-TECH™ school model we co-founded in 2011 continues to grow. There will be 200 schools open in 16 countries and 11 U.S. states in 2019, with more than 600 affiliated businesses. They combine high school and college coursework in a six-year program that can equip graduates with job-ready skills, work experience including paid internships and mentoring, and a no-cost associate degree. We hired 99 P-TECH students as interns in 2018, 11 alumni have gone on to earn bachelor’s degrees and 30 P-TECH graduates were hired full-time at IBM. We’re now focused on helping to expand the P-TECH network, enable collaboration among its schools, and develop online educational resources for teachers and students.”
- ISO 14001
- ISO 50001
- ENERGY STAR certified three (models S922, S924 and E950)
- certified under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules system
- Bureau Veritas again recertified their WBMS through the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18001 certification
Sustainable Development Goals
How company covers SDGs
Adopted in 2015, the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) establish a framework to build an inclusive and sustainable world and provide an opportunity for IBM to build upon its collaboration with stakeholders from a cross section of communities, governments, and the social sector. IBM is uniquely positioned to contribute towards the achievement of the 17 SDGs through the proactive management of the company’s internal operations and supply chain, corporate social responsibility programs, diversity and inclusion practices, and most importantly, the IBM products, solutions, and services that IBM offers to clients.
PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND SOLUTIONS (SDG 2,3,9,11, 12, 13, 14)
IBM’s products, services, and solutions enable clients to conserve natural resources, reduce the environmental
impacts associated with their operations, and make informed decisions that drive improved sustainability
SUPPLY CHAIN (SDG 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16)
IBM addresses the environmental and social responsibility aspects of the Company’s global supply chain which
encompasses more than 13,000 members. Initiatives include:
— Responsible sourcing of packaging materials.
— Conducting environmental supplier audits.
— Fostering supplier diversity.
— Applying the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct.
WORKPLACE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION (SDG 5 and 10)
IBM’s workforce diversity and inclusion programs are helping to promote gender equality. Programs such as Tech
Re-Entry, Business Resource Groups, and Constituency Councils are creating an equal opportunity workforce
that celebrates diversity, inclusion, and innovation.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS (SDG 6, 7, 12, 13)
IBM is contributing to the U.N. SDGs through its global environmental management system, product stewardship,
energy and water conservation, climate protection, pollution prevention, and product recycling efforts.
SOCIAL IMPACT (ALL SDGs)
Through an integrated portfolio of programs, IBM’s corporate citizenship initiatives are contributing to the 17 U.N.
SDGs by applying IBM technology and talent to create innovative solutions for education, economic development,
environmental sustainability, healthcare, and more. Programs include:
— Corporate Service Corps
— IBM Volunteers
— Impact Grants
— Teacher Advisor With Watson
— IBM Health Corps
— P-TECH schools
According to the company
- Procured 37.9% of the electricity consumed across our operations from renewable sources
- $2.1 billion in spending with global diverse first-tier suppliers
- Recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute
- 24.1 million hours of learning completed by IBMers worldwide
- $392.8 million in global corporate contributions made “
IBM adopted the U.N.s SDGs in 2015 and has since contributed towards achieving them by being proactive. It is one of the few companies that is contributing towards all of the 17 goals. In addition, IBM has assigned a corporate responsibility leader Kristina Kloberdanz. IBM has a long impressive list of certifications and awards that shows their credibility and proactiveness towards achieving the SDGs. However, their facilitation of the oil and gas industry through IA, leads to a great harm to the environment, they are therefore rated as a C.