In our 100th year, IBM’s supply chain continued its evolution in support of our product and services offerings. With more than 27,000 suppliers in close to 100 countries, social and environmental responsibility remain key imperatives of our corporate responsibility efforts.
During the past year, IBM was active in focusing on social and environmental compliance, driving diverse supplier development, and encouraging U.S.-based small businesses within our own, and others’, supply chains. And we continued to integrate this work throughout the business.
Supplier Spending: $34.7 Billion Total in 2010
2010 Supplier Spending by Category
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2010 Supplier Spending by IBM Location
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Social and Environmental Management Systems
With its considerable purchases and the number of suppliers in its global network, IBM is demonstrating its leadership by advancing supply chain social and environmental management systems. In early 2010, IBM’s Global Supply Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer introduced Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Management System requirements to our first-tier suppliers. Those firms with which IBM holds a direct commercial relationship are now required to establish and follow a management system to address their corporate and environmental responsibilities. IBM is among the first large global companies extending this kind of system to its external supply base. As part of this system, our suppliers are now required to:
- Define, deploy and sustain a management system that addresses corporate responsibility, including supplier conduct and environmental protection.
- Measure performance and establish voluntary, quantifiable environmental goals.
- Publicly disclose results associated with these voluntary environmental goals and other environmental aspects of their management systems.
IBM also expects its first-tier suppliers to communicate these same requirements to their own suppliers that perform work on products and services supplied to IBM, thus extending this sphere of influence.
Featured IBM Initiatives
A Century of Shared Value
As IBM celebrates 100 years of building a responsible enterprise, we look back at several moments that have defined our values and served as cornerstones in our pursuit of progress.Launch Feature
Smarter Cities Challenge
The Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program awarding $50 million worth of services and expertise over the next three years to help 100 cities around the globe address a wide range of challenges.Launch Feature
Celebration of Service
IBMers worldwide are improving the communities in which they work, learn and live by pledging time and expertise. IBM honors their commitments with a program of new and expanded grants, and the opportunity to join a global effort.Launch Feature