IBM receives a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWaySM Excellence Award
22 Oct 2007 -- IBM received a 2007 SmartWay Excellence Award today at a special awards ceremony held during the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The SmartWay Excellence Awards, in their second year, recognize companies and organizations that have made significant contributions to protect the environment through their participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership (link resides outside of ibm.com). This recognition is particularly notable since IBM just joined the Partnership in 2006.
The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a collaborative, voluntary program between the U.S. EPA and the industry, including manufacturers who ship products and freight carriers and logistics companies. The Partnership creates strong market-based incentives that challenge participating companies to improve the environmental performance of their freight operations. SmartWay Transport Partners improve their energy efficiency, save money, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve air quality.
As a shipper of freight in the Partnership, IBM committed to develop an action plan to:
In addition, IBM is engaging its transport carriers to develop a plan to reduce GHG emissions from their transport operations. IBM is also encouraging its transport carriers to participate in the SmartWay Transport Partnership through its contract negotiation processes.
In just under a year as a SmartWay Transport Partner, IBM achieved substantial results thanks to the coordinated efforts of the company's Global Logistics, Procurement and Corporate Environmental Affairs teams which included:
Currently, over 80% (by transport dollar spending) of the goods shipped by IBM within the U.S., and from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico, are transported by SmartWay Transport Partnership carriers, compared to 55% when the company joined the Partnership.
IBM continues to look at ways it can further reduce GHG emissions associated with its freight facility operations and the shipping of its products. Through global integration and collaboration, IBM's leadership is benefiting not only its own business, but its clients and the environment.