IBM recognized in Top 20 Best Workplaces for CommutersSM from the FORTUNE 500 Companies
06 Nov 2006 -- IBM has been named on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Top 20 Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) from the FORTUNE 500 Companies list for the third year in a row. IBM ranked fifteenth on this year's list and was also named in the first two Top 20 lists in 2004 and 2005. The Top 20 employers on the list are ranked by the percentage of their total U.S. workforce eligible for outstanding commuter benefits that meet EPA's National Standard of Excellence.
Twenty-two IBM locations (the five new sites for 2006 are denoted with an asterisk) qualify as BWC sites including:
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, 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.).
Some of the commuter benefits IBM provides to its employees at BWC sites may include commuter information kiosks, transportation coordinators, mobility stations, full service cafeterias, ATM machines, car rental services (pick-up/drop-off), credit union drop boxes. In addition, IBM's extensive 'e-commute' work-from-home options at these locations and across the U.S. make significant contributions to reducing employee commutation while also contributing to the work/life balance of its employees.
IBM has been active in promoting commutation reduction programs for its employees. Two key contributors to this effort are our work-at-home program, which allows employees 'work' office to be in their home, and our mobile employees program, which enables employees to work from home a designated number of days each week.
More than one-third of IBM's global work force (over 100,000 employees) participates in one of these programs. In the United States alone, our work-at-home program has conserved more than 8 million gallons of fuel and avoided more than 68,000 tons of CO2 emissions in 2006. In addition, more than 4,000 tons of CO2 emissions were avoided by employees using other commute-choice programs such as carpooling, vanpooling, etc.
Globally, many IBM locations provide support for the use of public transit systems, including shuttles from locations to mass transit stations, and alternate transportation or "loaner" cars for work trips during the work day. Where IBM provides leased vehicles for employees, the company is endeavoring to increase the use of more fuel-efficient vehicles. In France and Belgium, programs to offer fuel-efficient vehicles have resulted in more than 95 percent of 2,600 leased vehicles emitting 140 gm of CO2/km or less, despite the availability of vehicles with emission levels up to 200 gm of CO2/km. A similar program is being offered in the United Kingdom.
For the complete list of 2006 Best Workplaces for Commuters from the FORTUNE 500 Companies or to find out more information, visit the Best Workplaces for Commuters Web site (link resides outside of ibm.com).
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