IBM East Fishkill and IBM Brazil receive the 2002 Chairman's Environmental Affairs Citation
17 Dec 2002 -- IBM Chairman Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. has announced that IBM East Fishkill and IBM Brazil will receive the 2002 Chairman's Environmental Affairs Citation. IBM East Fishkill will receive the award in the competition among Manufacturing/Fabricator sites and IBM Brazil will receive the award in the competition among Sales & Distribution, Software and Services organizations.
IBM East Fishkill's excellence crossed all areas of IBM's corporate policy on environmental affairs. Its injury/illness rates are significantly below those of peer industry. It consistently exceeded IBM's 67% nonhazardous waste recycling goal, achieving a three year average recycling rate of 90.4%. Fishkill's comprehensive approach to pollution prevention enabled the site to significantly exceed IBM's hazardous waste goal, with a 16.5% average reduction in hazardous waste indexed to output over the last three years. The site also achieved a significant reduction in air emissions. Fishkill substantially exceeded IBM's 4% annual energy conservation goal, conserving an annual average of 9.2 % of its energy use and saving $7.9 million over the past three years. It also far exceeded Microelectronics Division's new 2% annual water conservation goal, averaging savings of 8%. In addition, while meeting the major challenge of bringing the new 300mm fab online, Fishkill took a proactive approach to effectively plan and design the facility, processes and equipment to minimize the environmental impact of this strategic new operation.
IBM Brazil's environmental leadership in the community ranges from habitat restoration to primary school environmental education programs. It maintains effective health and safety programs and a comprehensive environmental management system. IBM Brazil consistently exceeded IBM's 67% nonhazardous waste recycling goal with results averaging 74.5% over the three year period. It led the field in energy conservation, achieving an average annual conservation rate of 13% over three years for a savings of over $1 million. IBM Brazil demonstrated leadership in water conservation, achieving a 17% water savings in 2001. Its product end-of-life management program also achieved excellent results, sending only 4.5% of its product waste to landfill. IBM Brazil's exemplary leadership also extended to sharing its environmental expertise. It was instrumental in the formation of two industry groups which share their knowledge to help small and medium businesses become more environmentally responsible. Not only does this benefit the country of Brazil, but it also helped IBM Brazil develop its own environmentally responsible supply chain.
A strong field of nominees competed for the Chairman's Citation this year and the company is proud of the outstanding environmental leadership demonstrated by all the sites and organizations that participated in the program.
IBM established the Chairman's Environmental Affairs Citation program in 1991 to encourage leadership and recognize achievement and progress in environmental affairs. Recipients are selected based upon the 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.