A Commitment to Environmental Leadership
IBM’s corporate environmental programs date back to the 1960s. In 1971, Thomas J. Watson, Jr., IBM’s CEO at the time, formalized the company’s commitment to environmental protection with our Corporate Policy on IBM’s Environmental Responsibilities. Updated a number of times over the years, the policy and the environmental programs supporting it have defined and driven IBM’s longstanding commitment to environmental leadership across all of our business activities.
IBM’s operations can affect the environment in a number of ways. For example, the chemicals needed for research, development and manufacturing must be properly managed from selection and purchase through storage, use and disposal. Our data center operations are generally energy-intensive, and some of our manufacturing processes use a considerable amount of energy, water or both. We continually look for ways to reduce consumption of these and other resources.
Our product stewardship requirements include product energy efficiency, the use of environmentally preferable materials and designing for reuse, recycling and safe disposal at the end of the product’s useful life. In addition, as we incorporate more purchased parts and components into our products, our requirements for the overall environmental responsibility of our suppliers and the environmental attributes of the goods they provide have become even more important.
We also apply our expertise, research and technology to develop solutions that can help our company, our clients and the world operate in a way that is more efficient and protective of the environment. We apply our research and innovation to help discover scientific solutions to some of the world’s most challenging environmental problems.