IBM's operational activities, products and services do not have a significant impact on biodiversity. However, IBM has been a member of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) since 1991 — over 30 years. Four IBM sites (IBM Corporate Headquarters, New York; IBM Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and IBM Almaden Research Center and IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory, California) have maintained WHC Conservation Certification for their wildlife habitat management and conservation education programs for over 17 years. In 2022, we worked with the WHC to develop training materials on habitat restoration. These materials complement those previously developed for establishing and maintaining pollinator gardens and have been shared with employees worldwide.
In 2021, to further support biodiversity, we established a global program focused on creating, enhancing, or restoring habitats for pollinators at IBM locations. We also set a goal to plant 50 pollinator gardens at IBM locations globally by year-end 2023. At year-end 2022, 32 pollinator gardens were established.
IBM also has local EcoTeams—employees who volunteer to participate in a variety of local environmental initiatives—lead projects to support ecosystem diversity and protection. EcoTeams span 64 IBM locations across 20 countries. In 2022, participants completed approximately 80 activities, including learning events, tree plantings, beach clean ups, bike to work events, coral restoration, sea turtle conservation efforts, as well as maintaining pollinator gardens, bird boxes, and beehives.