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IBM Software Group - Canada receives the 2003 Chairman's Environmental Award

IBM Software Group - Canada receives the 2003 Chairman's Environmental Award

08 Dec 2003 -- IBM Chairman Samuel J. Palmisano has announced that IBM Software Group - Canada will receive the 2003 Chairman's Environmental Award in the competition among Technology, Products and Services organizations.

IBM Software Group's (SWG) Canadian operations take a strong, proactive approach to workplace safety and employee well-being and have achieved zero workplace injuries or illnesses. SWG-Canada employees are active in site and community environmental and health programs, including commutation reduction programs and certification of the Toronto lab as a wildlife habitat. In addition, the Toronto lab was designed to be more energy efficient than the government's model national building standard. The organization's recycling team has increased its waste recycling rate from 55 percent in 2000 to 80 percent in mid-2003. SWG-Canada also has a comprehensive focus on the reduction of product packaging. Furthermore, Rational has been working with the Canadian government on a software solution for monitoring and tracking emissions, and also on software applications relating to national health, one of which was recently tested during the SARS outbreak. SWG-Canada has done a great deal with the opportunity it has to contribute to IBM's environmental leadership, and it has accomplished it through a high degree of employee involvement backed by strong management commitment.

An excellent field of nominees competed for the Chairman's Award this year from across the breadth of IBM's businesses, and the company is proud of the outstanding environmental leadership demonstrated by all the organizations that participated in the program.

IBM established this recognition program in 1991 to encourage leadership and recognize achievement and progress in environmental affairs on the part of IBM's organizations. Recipients are selected based upon the degree of leadership, comprehensiveness, progress and results of their environmental, energy and safety programs within the framework of IBM's corporate policy on environmental affairs. Performance against these criteria is evaluated against each nominee's opportunity to contribute given its operation and mission.