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IBM receives continued recognition as Best Workplace for Commuters

Nineteen IBM locations registered Best Workplaces for Commuters sites

18 Feb 2010 -- Nineteen IBM locations across the U.S. were recently recognized as registered Best Workplaces for CommutersSM (BWC) sites. A BWC member since 2004, IBM has pioneered programs to reduce employee commuting and sustained them for two decades.

BWC sites are required to offer at least one primary commuter benefit option at each qualifying work site such as employer-paid tax-free transit or vanpool passes, compressed work week, alternate work schedule, teleworking/telecommuting or parking cash out (enabling workers to trade free parking for its cash equivalent). Employers also agree to offer an Emergency Ride Home and three secondary commuter benefits (e.g., ridesharing or carpool matching, preferred or reduced-cost parking for carpools, etc.).

IBM has active commuter initiatives in countries around the globe with rideshare matching programs, cars on demand, public transit support, work-at-home and mobile employee programs, and other commuter support activities. In the U.S., over one-third of the company's employees participate in work-at-home and compressed or alternate work schedule programs.

IBM's current BWC registered sites include:

In 2002, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation launched the BWC program to honor and recognize employers who offered their employees outstanding commuting benefits. IBM was named on the Top 20 Best Workplaces for Commuters from the FORTUNE 500 Companies list for 2004, 2005 and 2006. The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) assumed BWC program management responsibilities in 2007. For more information, visit the Best Workplaces for Commuters Web site (link resides outside of ibm.com).