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IBM Australia receives gold rating in 2006 Corporate Responsibility Index

IBM Australia receives highest possible rating in the Corporate Responsibility Index

11 Jun 2007 -- IBM Australia received a "Gold" rating, the highest possible, in the 2006 Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI). The CRI was created by more than 80 leading businesses in the United Kingdom and Business in the Community, a unique movement of 700 member companies committed to continually improving their positive impact on society. It covers four key management areas of corporate performance including community, environment, marketplace and workplace, and six key impact areas, three environmental and three social. St James Ethics Centre, working in partnership with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and supported by Ernst & Young, launched the Corporate Responsibility Index in Australia in February 2004. Participation in the Index is voluntary and involves companies undertaking a rigorous self assessment process of how they incorporate principles of corporate responsibility throughout their business operations.

In 2006, 34 companies participated in the Index. IBM received an overall score of 92.2%. The average overall score achieved by companies participating in the Index was 83.3%.

As a business, IBM delivers innovation that matters for its clients. As a global enterprise, the company values innovation that matters for IBM and for the world. The company's corporate citizenship reflects both its brand and its values by addressing some of society's most complex problems with game-changing business and technology innovation. IBM's commitment to corporate citizenship and social responsibility extends throughout the company. For more information, visit the Corporate Responsibility Australia Web site or IBM's Corporate responsibility Web site.